New SARS-CoV-2 testing plan approved hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Health Ministry on September 21 issued Decision No.4042/QD-BYT on approving the SARS-CoV-2 testing plan amid COVID-19 pandemic in replace of Decision No. 2245/QD-BYT dated April 22.

The common goal of the plan is to detect COVID-19 cases for timely monitoring, quarantine and treatment.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute, Health Departments, and the Centres for Disease Control were also asked to report testing activities to the ministry in line with regulations.

As of September 13, there were 137 labs nationwide eligible for SARS-CoV-2 testing using Real-time RT-PCR method with a maximum capacity of over 51,125 samples per day.

Among over 1 million samples tested, as many as 1,063 were positive for the virus./.