Experts propose plans to extend social distancing to stop pandemic

by NDO15 April 2020 Last updated at 20:27 PM

Hanoi offered COVID-19 rapid test for nearly 500 flower traders in Tay Tuu, Bac Tu Liem District, on April 14, 2020. (Photo: NDO)
Hanoi offered COVID-19 rapid test for nearly 500 flower traders in Tay Tuu, Bac Tu Liem District, on April 14, 2020. (Photo: NDO)

VTV.vn- Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam chaired a meeting, gathering experts and officials from relevant ministries and agencies to discuss a proposal on extending the current social restrictions before submitting to the Prime Minister for approval.

Earlier, on April 1, the Prime Minister issued Directive 16 to order a nationwide social distancing measures for 14 days, starting from the beginning of April.

Amid the complex development of COVID-19, experts at the meeting suggested that for localities at high risk of transmission, it is necessary to continue applying social restrictions in the next days. Meanwhile, social distancing policy should be loosened in other localities with lower risk.

They also discussed in detail social distancing measures that need to be uniformly applied on a national scale so that the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control can report to the Prime Minister on April 15.

On the afternoon of April 14, Nguyen Thien Nhan, Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, visited the city’s Department of Health to encourage the city's health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Nhan requested the local health sector to build a set of specific criteria to proactively respond to COVID-19 and other diseases.

On the same day, Vietnam Fatherland Font (VFF) Central Committee President Tran Thanh Man received donations worth VND300 million (US$12,804) from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, VND 315 million (over US$13,444) from the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) and other donations from relevant businesses and agencies. Man said that donation from organisations, businesses and individuals nationwide and those abroad have climbed to over VND845 billion (over US$36 million) for the COVID-19 relief efforts so far, channelled to the VFF Central Committee.

Four severely ill COVID-19 patients, including Patients 20, 161, and 251 who are being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases Base 2 in Hanoi and Patient 91 at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases Ho Chi Minh City, are showing positive recovery signs, according to experts. On April 14, leading medical experts gathered for an online conference to discuss the treatment regime for the four patients.

In addition to exchanging experience in fighting against COVID-19, Thanh Hoa Province has supported Houaphanh Province (Laos) with medical equipment worth a total of VND1 billion. In addition, Thanh Hoa Police Department has presented Houaphanh Police with disinfectant sprayers, chemicals, protective suits, cloth masks and disinfectant solutions to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Dien Bien Provincial Military Command said that, as of 17:00 on April 14, the whole province has 1,162 citizens who have completed their 14-day isolation at local concentrated isolation facilities and were granted a certificate of health assurance to return to their families. The same day, 74 Vietnamese citizens were also released from a Thanh Hoa Province’s isolation camp after their two-week quarantine period.

Starting from the morning of April 15, Lao Cai Province Economic Zone Authority began to implement measures to boost transfer of goods to China at Kim Thanh International Border Gate No. 2, aiming at shorten time and push quick clearance of goods while ensuring the effective prevention and control of COVID-19.

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