(HBO) – The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) of Hoa Binh province on April 1 officially began operating a system of modern machines to test samples of suspected Covid-19 cases. The system, worth 3.7 billion VND invested by the provincial authorities, comprises a real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR) machine, an automated extraction machine and a negative-pressure room.

Staff members of the CDC perform tests on samples of suspected Covid-19 cases.

With the new system, the provincial CDC can now receive and test from 300-360 samples at the maximum instead of having to send them to the NationalInstitute of Hygiene andEpidemiology. If there are any positive samples, the centre will sent them to the NationalInstitute of Hygiene andEpidemiology for confirmatioin/

At present, the CDC is focusing on testing more than 700 samples of patients who have received checkups and treatment at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi and their family members who accompanied them to the hospital.

After that, the centre will test samples of those who are quarantined at designated facilities in the province and districts.

The investment in the testing machines has helped cut the time for sorting suspected Covid-19 cases, hence preventing transmission in community./.

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