Fighting nCoV like fighting enemies: PM

Tuesday, 2020-01-28 12:34:02
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NDO/VNA – In the face of the complex developments of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an urgent meeting with officials of relevant ministries and sectors in Hanoi on January 27 to discuss countermeasures.

The Government leader pointed out that Vietnam faces high risks of being affected by this dangerous and rapidly spreading disease, against which there is currently no vaccine, since the country is a popular destination of Chinese tourists and shares a long borderline with China.

He stated that the relevant agencies, sectors and localities must not be subjective or underestimate the disease so as to ensure the ultimate goal of protecting people’s health and lives, curb the virus from spreading on a large scale, and minimise deaths from this disease. He told them to prevent fear in the public as well as discrimination against patients or people of foreign nationalities.

“Fighting nCoV-caused disease is like fighting enemies,” PM Phuc said, urging the political system across the 63 provincial-level localities to promptly take action.

He also ordered the effective prevention of disease transmission via tourism activities and air, waterway and road transportation, adding that international points of entry must be equipped with thermal scanners. In addition, the Ministry of Health needs to publicise the medical establishments providing treatment of this disease to minimise the movement of patients and reduce infection risks.

Describing stronger communications to raise public awareness as a top priority, the PM noted a national steering committee chaired by Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam will be set up to cope with the nCoV disease.

“The Government accepts economic losses to protect the lives and health of people,” he stressed.

The leader also asked the Foreign Ministry to coordinate with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to review the number of Chinese working in Vietnam and take necessary measures to guarantee the public’s health.

According to the Ministry of Health, there have been almost 2,800 cases of nCoV-infection around the world, including 80 cases which have resulted in death, all of which were in Wuhan City of China’s Hubei Province. China alone has recorded 2,747 cases across 30 provinces and cities. Fifteen other countries and territories have reported a total of 50 patients carrying the disease.

In Vietnam, there have been 63 cases who showed symptoms of fever after returning from nCoV-affected areas. They consist of 25 who tested negative for the virus and 38 who are still being kept in quarantine, including the two Chinese nationals who initially tested positive for nCoV at the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said as directed by his ministry, Vietjet Air conducted four flights carrying Wuhan passengers from Vietnam back to Wuhan International Airport. None of them showed signs of nCoV infection.