Agencies to create COVID plan for SEA Games

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A decoration promoting the upcoming SEA Games 31. The Games will run in Hanoi and 11 neighbouring localities from May 12 to 23. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI – Medical agencies have been asked to build a specific COVID-19 prevention and control plan in preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Trường Sơn requested a meeting on Monday of the Medical and Anti-Doping Sub-Committee of the Games regarding COVID-19 prevention measures, with the participation of departments of health representatives from the 12 host localities.

The Ministry of Health has compiled a work plan to serve the coming Games, according to Lương Ngọc Khuê, Director of the health ministry’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment.

The sub-committee is tasked with providing health care for delegates, athletes, and staff at the Games and curbing the spread of diseases, particularly COVID-19.

It must guarantee food safety, appoint personnel and prepare equipment to carry out its tasks during the Games.

The capital will host the most competitions, and the municipal Department of Health has been asked to devise specific scenarios for the opening and closing ceremonies.

The SEA Games 31, themed “For a stronger South East Asia”, will take place in Hà Nội and 11 neighbouring localities from May 12 to 23.

It will feature 40 sports with 526 events and expects to attract around 10,000 participants.

The biennial event was initially slated for late 2021 but was delayed due to the pandemic. VNS

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