Authorities in the Vietnamese city of Danang, where a new outbreak of coronavirus infection was recorded late last week, will conduct tests for the entire population, that is 1.1 million people. This was reported by Reuters, citing the site of the Vietnamese government on August 1.
The report says that the country registered 40 new cases on August 1, 26 new cases were recorded in Danang, the total number of cases reached 586, three died.
Due to the new outbreak of coronavirus infection in major cities of Vietnam, a ban was imposed on all public events, bars, nightclubs and entertainment facilities were closed.
The Vietnamese government reported that two SARS-CoV-2 test kits have already been developed – VinKit SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR 1.0 and VinKit SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex RT-PCR – “of the same high quality as recommended diagnostic products by the World Health Organization (WHO)”.
According to Dr. Nguyen Thanh Liem, Director of the Vinmec Stem Cell and Genetics Research Institute, the VinKit SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Multiplex RT-PCR doubles the speed of testing compared to other test systems while providing high accuracy and low cost.
The authorities also reported that in April 2020, the Vietnamese COVID-19 diagnostic test set, developed by the Vietnam University of Military Medicine and Viet A, met all the standards set by WHO. The kit was also certified as meeting European standards by the United Kingdom, while receiving the Free Selling Certificate (CFS) in Europe.
Earlier, on July 27, it was reported that the Vietnamese authorities closed Da Nang to tourists due to an outbreak of a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 with higher infectivity. The Vietnamese Ministry of Health sent specialists to the city to help its leadership contain the outbreak and identify the sources of infection as soon as possible.