Vietnam wants uniformed, consistent pandemic measures

HANOI (VIETNAM NEWS/ANN) – Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has pointed out a high risk of COVID-19 resurgence, demanding all-level authorities and sectors take measures for pandemic adaptation and socio-economic development in a uniformed and consistent manner.

Chinh, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, made the request while chairing a national teleconference with the 63 provincial-level committees nationwide on Saturday.

Vietnam has so far recorded more than one million COVID-19 cases, including a little over 900,000 recoveries (or 82 per cent) and around 23,500 deaths, according to the national committee.

In more than one month of taking measures for safely and flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling the pandemic, the country has seen 105,543 cases of community transmission, including 90,442 in the southern region (85.6 per cent).

The number of community infections increased by 2.9 per cent, fatalities declined by 46.3 per cent, those under treatment at hospital down 25.3 per cent, and the cases in critical conditions down 40.8 per cent month on month. The national committee said the pandemic has been basically brought under control nationwide. However, community transmissions of the coronavirus tend to grow in many localities, with many cases showing no symptoms, having unknown infection sources, or being linked with people returning from pandemic-hit areas.

Chinh warned about Covid-19 resurgence, attributing the current situation to “human factors”, asking all-level authorities and sectors to have a better grasp, forecast and analysis of the situation so as to carry out feasible and effective anti-pandemic actions.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chính. PHOTO: THE STAR