Vietnam is well controlling nCoV-caused acute respiratory disease: PM

Thursday, 2020-01-30 22:39:00
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam has set forth specific solutions to cope with the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and is well controlling it, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on January 30.

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Speaking at a meeting between permanent Cabinet members and representatives of ministries and agencies in Hanoi, PM Phuc said the virus is rapidly sweeping over the world.

“We must stay calm and resolutely protect the public's health,” he said, urging localities and agencies to outline their own countermeasures.

The PM stressed the need to completely ban travelling via border-to-border trails and suspend the sending of Vietnamese labourers to China from which the deadly virus is originated.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should soon work with the Chinese side to bring Vietnamese workers in the country home, he said.

Tours to China, and vice versa, must also be banned, he said, adding that trading activities at border gates are not encouraged at this time.

PM Phuc asked the army, public security forces and the health sector to closely supervise passengers going through border gates.

Those from China must be kept under quarantine within 15 days – the estimated incubation period of the new virus. Besides, wildlife trading – the source of transmission - must be completely prohibited, he said.

As Vietnam holds the ASEAN Chairmanship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should raise voice to create high consensus in the grouping in the fight against the disease, the PM noted.

Local steering committees for prevention and control of nCoV would help improve the efficiency of the combat, he suggested.

The leader asked the media to consider the fight against nCoV a political task, and the Health Ministry to coordinate with the Ministry of Justice to make legal preparations once the World Health Organisation (WHO) announces the nCoV emergency status.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VGP)

At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen reported that as of 15:20 on January 30, three people had tested positive for nCoV, raising the total cases in the country to five.

One of the three is being treated at the General Hospital of the central province of Thanh Hoa, while two are under treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. All are Vietnamese nationals and returned from China’s Wuhan city where the virus was first identified.

Along with a Chinese father and son from Wuhan admitted to Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray Hospital, Vietnam has recorded five cases of coronavirus infection so far.

The pair have been identified as Li Ding, 66, and 28-year-old Li Zichao. They were admitted to the Cho Ray Hospital on January 22 suffering from pneumonia and later tested positive for coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health said both patients were recovering. Li Zichao on January 28 was given the all-clear.

The country is quarantining a total of 32 suspected infected cases, awaiting final test results, while 65 cases have their results returned negative. Forty-three people are being quarantined despite having normal health as they have had contacts with suspected nCoV-infected patients.

According to the Health Ministry, as of 12:00 on January 30, 7,819 cases of nCoV infections had been confirmed in 19 countries and territories worldwide, with the death toll climbing to 170, including 162 in Wuhan.

In response to the PM’s directive, the Health Ministry has asked all provincial hospitals to set up emergency teams and map out countermeasures, while preparing medical equipment and medicines.

The ministry suggested establishing five working groups to inspect the prevention and control of nCoV in localities, focusing on areas at high risk of being affected by the disease.