Deputy PM grateful to the public for support against COVID-19

Monday, 2020-04-06 16:02:00
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at a meeting of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control on April 6, 2020. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has expressed his sincere thanks to all people across the nation for their efforts and unanimity against the COVID-19 epidemic, despite suffering multiple inconveniences and even economic loss.

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Speaking at a teleconference of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday morning (April 6), Dam said, today is exactly one month since Vietnam officially entered stage 2 in the fight against the epidemic.

To date, as the disease has spread worldwide, Vietnam has recorded 241 infections, ranked 96th in the world in the number of cases and among only three countries with more than 200 confirmed cases but no deaths.

It can be affirmed that up until now, Vietnam has been controlling the disease, the senior government official said, adding that the achievements have been a result of the drastic and properly executed directions from the Party and State, as well as the participation of the functional forces and above all the participation of all the people in the spirit of "each citizen is an anti-epidemic soldier".

Thanking the public for their support, Dam, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, noted that many organisations, businesses and individuals have made countless meaningful actions to contribute both material and spiritual strength to the fight against the disease.

As the epidemic is still very complicated and unpredictable, the deputy PM affirmed that Vietnam is determined to stay alert in order to win the fight with a joint effort of all the people.

Four more COVID-19 patients fully recover

On Monday afternoon, four more COVID-19 patients were declared to have fully recovered, bringing the total number of such cases to 95.

They were the 117th, 118th, 122nd, and 154th cases detected and all are Vietnamese nationals, with three women aged 23 or 24 together with a 30-year-old man. Patients No. 117 and 118 were discharged from Tay Ninh Provincial General Hospital, while patient No. 122 and 157 were released from Da Nang City’s Hospital and Can Tho City's Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Hospital respectively.

A 24-year-old female from Ha Tinh Province – the 122th COVID-19 patient – is discharged from the Da Nang Hospital in Da Nang City on the afternoon of April 6, 2020. (Photo: soyte.danang.gov.vn)

They tested negative for COVID-19 at least twice and will be given follow-up health checks two weeks from now.

As of the morning of April 6, Vietnam has had 241 COVID-19 cases, with 150 returning from abroad, accounting for 62%. Of these, 109 were sent to quarantine facilities nationwide upon arrival.

Also on Monday, local authorities in Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Tay Ninh Provinces sent 836 residents home after they finished their 14-day quarantine at local concentrated isolation camps.

Nine minority ethnic men from Lai Chau Province finish their 14-day isolation at an isolation camp in Nam Giang District, Quang Nam Province on April 6, 2020. The People's Committee of Nam Giang District donates them VND 1 million each before sending them home. (Photo: NDO/Tan Nguyen)

On the same day, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control sent a dispatch to hospitals and local Departments of Health nationwide, urging for continued strengthening of prevention and control measures against COVID-19 infection in medical examination and treatment facilities.

Epidemic prevention and control measures should be upgraded, the document said, asking for immediate SARS-CoV-2 testing or isolation of all persons presenting with suspected or unclear epidemiological history when they come to the medical facilities.