Kien Giang strives to put COVID-19 under control by September 20 hinh anh 1Kien Giang province speeding up COVID-19 testing (Photo: VNA)
Kien Giang (VNA) – The southern province of Kien Giang is giving the top priority to accelerating  COVID-19 testing to early detect and quarantine positive cases in order to cut off the source of infection, and put the pandemic under control before September 20.

According to the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, from September 17-21, all residents in locked down areas will be tested, with total money for this work reaching 128 billion VND (5.63 million USD).

For high and very high risk areas such as Ha Tien city, and Chau Thanh, Hon Dat, Kien Luong and Giang Thanh districts, over 126,190 households with more than 475,300 members will get rapid testing regularly. Those in Rach Gia city will receive rapid testing every two days.

For safe areas, 5-10 percent of their population will be tested every 5-7 days.

The province has mobilised more than 7,130 people, including staff members of public and private health facilities and volunteers. Districts and cities have also deployed all resources to carry out the testing.
After three mass testing drives with more than 1.62 million samples, 838 samples showed positive results, or a ratio of 0.051 percent, with no new infections detected in eight localities, including Phu Quoc city.   

As of September 16, Kien Giang had recorded 4,113 infections and 37 fatalities. Over 1,750 patients have been given the all-clear so far./.