Information on nCoV outbreak must be made transparent to the public: Deputy PM

Saturday, 2020-02-01 17:20:44
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the event (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - Information regarding the outbreak of the new coronavirus (nCoV) as well as the number of confirmed and suspected cases must be made transparent to the public so that people can fully grasp the situation and join their hands in preventing the threat of the virus.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is also head of the national steering committee for prevention and control of the acute respiratory disease caused by nCoV, made the request at a national online conference held on February 1 to popularise the Prime Minister’s directions to intensify prevention measures against the disease.

He stressed that prevention of the deadly virus is set as a prioritised mission of the Party Committees and administrations at all levels, as well as the Vietnam Fatherland Front and organisations.

He asked the members of the steering committee as well as leaders of functional ministries, sectors and localities to raise a high sense of responsibility in the communication campaign, which should be conducted not only via mass media but also through social political and social organisations, in order to avoid unnecessary panic among local residents.

The abovementioned groups were also requested to provide a timely review of the situation and update evidence-based preventive measures in order to prevent the spread of this outbreak in the community.

At the event, the Health Ministry confirmed a new case of nCoV infection, raising the total number of infections of the new coronavirus (nCoV) in Vietnam to six.

The latest patient is a receptionist at a hotel in Nha Trang City, in the central province of Khanh Hoa. The father and son who were the first nCoV infection cases in Vietnam stayed in the hotel during their travels in the country.

To date, the son has now recovered while the father is still in isolation and receiving treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.