MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has run out of rapid test systems for detecting COVID-19, with the city authorities asking residents to independently monitor symptoms of the disease, Nguyen Khac Hien, the head of the capital's Health Department, said.
"The number of people screened exceeded our expectations. We recommend that people should monitor their own health, and if one has symptoms like coughing, fever or breathing difficulty, they must go to medical facilities", Hien said on Monday, as quoted by the newspaper VN Express, adding that the rapid testing kits had run out earlier in the afternoon.
According to the official, since 8 July, the city has screened more than 88,000 people returning from the resort city of Da Nang, where a new infectious cluster was recently discovered, with rapid tests having been used to detect the virus in over 70,000 people.
Due to the lack of rapid test kits, about 18,000 people were not tested for the virus, Hien added.