Economic resumption should go in line with COVID-19 prevention: committee

Thursday, 2020-06-04 17:50:38
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (C) chairs a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control at Government headquarters on June 4, 2020. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – The resumption of socio-economic activities post-COVID-19 should be accompanied by absolute pandemic prevention, as the global epidemic is still developing in a complex manner around the world, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

>>> Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 cases on June 4 morning

The committee convened a meeting on June 4 under the chair of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam to discuss epidemic prevention and control.

As the epidemic is still complicated outside Vietnam, while an official vaccine is still unavailable, the committee members stated that Vietnam needs to continue to implement strict control on entry from foreign countries, as well as well performing quarantining and promptly detecting any new cases for effective zoning and treatment.

The delegates agreed that Vietnam is facing a great deal of pressure, as on the one hand the country has to protect itself against COVID-19, while on the other hand it cannot close its doors for too long, because Vietnam needs to repatriate its citizens trapped abroad, as well as welcome foreign experts and investors coming to Vietnam to work and do business. Therefore, the committee agreed on the spirit of realising the dual goals of socio-economic activity resumption and disease prevention but prioritising the absolute safety of the community.

The committee urged the creation of specific guidelines on the transportation and isolation of people after entry, while the Ministry of Health was assigned to build and promulgate instructions for welcoming foreign experts and investors on short-term trips into Vietnam.

The committee members and health experts also agreed to continue strictly managing the isolation of international flight crews, isolating entry through land border gates and considering opening flight registration channels for foreign experts who want to enter Vietnam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was assigned to act as a focal point to coordinate procedures for bringing Vietnamese experts, engineers and businesspersons stranded abroad home to serve in domestic production and development.

Regarding treatment for Patient 91, the country’s most critically ill COVID-19 patient, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son informed the meeting that up to this point the British pilot’s recovery has reached about 50%, but he is still in a serious condition despite being free from the coronavirus. Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital have been actively treating the 43-year-old man, helping him to progress positively. He has stopped relying on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation from the morning of June 3. Representatives from the British Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City recently visited the patient and express their high appreciation for the efforts of the Vietnamese physicians treating him, Deputy Minister Son informed.

As reported by the Ministry of Health, as of the morning of June 4, Vietnam has recorded 328 cases of COVID-19 infection, of which 302 have recovered, accounting for 92% of the total. The 26 remaining patients are being treated at provincial and central hospitals and mostly are in stable health. Among them, nine have tested negative for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 once and four others have tested negative at least twice. This means there are now only 13 patients positive cases in Vietnam. Today also marks 49 consecutive days without any new infections in the community.