National committee urges for strengthened communications on COVID-19

Tuesday, 2020-08-25 10:44:48
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Delegates at the National Steering Committee’s meeting on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, August 24, 2020. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has urged for strengthened communications campaigns to raise public awareness on the pandemic control, towards a harmonised co-existence with COVID-19.

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The committee convened its latest meeting on Monday afternoon (August 24) under the chair of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is also the head of the committee.

The committee agreed that the new outbreaks in Da Nang, Quang Nam and Hai Duong have been put under control.

Lessons learned from the fight have been discussed, on which the Ministry of Health (MoH) will provide training for localities across the country on the prevention and control of COVID-19.

In addition, the MoH was assigned to coordinate with other relevant ministries, agencies and localities to promptly issue a manual on safe coexistence amid COVID-19, as well as a handbook on epidemic prevention and control in schools.

The health ministry was also tasked with reviewing the entire system of machinery and research projects for bio-product production serving COVID-19 testing and promoting vaccine research in Vietnam.

To live safely with the epidemic, the committee suggested that media agencies and mass organisations continue providing information and mobilising the public to comply with the anti-epidemic regulations.

* According to the MoH’s Department of Preventive Medicine, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Vietnam to 15:00 on August 24, Vietnam has performed a total of 1,009,145 tests using the RT-PCR technique.

Medical workers take samples from local residents for COVID-19 testing in Da Nang. (Photo: NDO/Anh Dao)

Notably, over the past month, testing capacity has increased 5-6 times compared to the peak period during March-April this year. Within a month (from July 24 to August 24), units nationwide carried out testing on 485,215 samples (16,173 samples per day).

Currently, there are 71 units that have been granted the licence to carry out COVID-19 confirmation tests.

* Also on August 24, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong called on local authorities and agencies to be drastic in implementing the dual task of resuming socio-economic activities while strengthening COVID-19 prevention, with the latter to be given top priority.

He also urged for an urgent plan for epidemic prevention during the National Day (September 2) holiday. The city’s Department of Education and Training was asked to organise safe new school year opening ceremonies for local students, while the Department of Planning and Investment should evaluate the effectiveness of the first business support package towards issuing a second bailout in the near future.

* On the same day, the Da Nang Department of Education and Training announced that the city will carry out COVID-19 test for all candidates and the forces serving the delayed 2020 national high school graduation exams in the locality on September 1. The results are expected to be announced late September 1 or early morning September 2.

Candidates with positive results will have to receive isolated treatment and be considered for automatic high school graduation, while those with negative results will participate in the exams and comply with measures and regulations for epidemic prevention. In the national 2020 high school graduation exams, Da Nang has nearly 11,000 candidates sitting at 24 venues. The exams were organised on a national scale early this month, with some delay in several localities hit by COVID-19.

* On August 24, the People's Committee of Quang Ngai Province allowed the reopening of local catering and coffee shops, as well as recreational activities and transport services but with ensured epidemic prevention and control measures.

Local authorities announce the lifting of a medical blockade in a residential area in Quang Phu Ward, Quang Ngai City, August 23, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Hien Cu)

* Dong Nai Province acted similarly as it has allowed religious activities, education, sports, production, business and services to return to normal, but in line with COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

* The People's Committee of Phu Ly City has announced the lifting of medical isolation for the Dinh Trang residential cluster in Lam Ha Ward, after the order was imposed on it from August 3 in relation to a local COVID-19 infection.

* On August 24, the People's Committee of Hai Duong Province decided to establish a medical quarantine area for 28 days, from 12:00 on August 24, on a local residential are and a production facility in Hai Duong City, in relation to a new COVID-19 infection.

Medical staff measure the body temperature of people in quarantine at a local concentrated isolation camp at the dormitory of Hai Duong University, Hai Duong City. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Vinh)

* On August 24, Central Retail Vietnam announced that Nguyen Kim, a member of Central Retail, has implemented a series of programmes to present equipment to hospitals in Da Nang and Quang Nam, as well as providing laptops to support online learning for local underprivileged students.

* On the same day, the Power Generation Corporation 2 (EVN Genco 2) awarded VND50 million to support Quang Tri Province in its COVID-19 fight. The locality has received more than VND2.5 billion to support the local COVID-19 prevention and control work, comprised of over VND500 million in cash and over VND2 billion worth of goods and necessities.

* Nearly 320 Vietnamese citizens in Canada were repatriated on a flight that landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 24. Passengers included people under 18, the elderly, the sick, students who completed their studies but lacked accommodation, workers with expired visas or labour contracts, stranded tourists, and others with special disadvantages.

Upon landing at Van Don Airport, those on board received health checks and were sent to concentrated quarantine facilities.