|PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 15 suggested setting up a steering committee in charge of epidemic prevention and economic recovery as the novel coronavirus epidemic is under control
There is no room for complacency when it comes to the safety of ordinary people, PM Phuc stressed during an online Cabinet meeting held on May 15, pointing out that COVID-19 cases and fatalities are maintaining their upward trajectory worldwide.
The PM noted that drastic preventive measures introduced by the government in recent months have proven effective, therefore helping to bring the disease under control in the country, with no new locally transmitted cases being detected for nearly one month.
Being on guard of any outbreaks, localities have gradually become used to the ‘new normal’ and undergoing different practices, with basic businesses, tourism, catering services, sporting, and cultural events starting to return to normal.
Despite positive signs, PM Phuc warned that it is highly likely that more COVID-19 infections will be detected in the near future due to the return of thousands of Vietnamese citizens who have been left stranded in epidemic-hit countries.
The PM cited the Ministry of Health’s May 15 update as saying 24 Vietnamese nationals who returned from Russia on May 13 had been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19.
This comes after a further 17 Vietnamese citizens returning from the United Arab Emirates were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
With the threat of more COVID-19 cases being brought into the country from abroad, the Government leader suggested establishing a steering committee that is responsible for epidemic prevention and economic recovery.
PM Phuc explained that the Government held a special dialogue with the business community last weekend as a way of ironing out any snags that may occur in the nationwide effort to reboot production, kick-start the country’s economy, and generate jobs in the post-virus period.
In order to facilitate the national economy getting back on track, the PM has asked ministries, sectors, and localities to thoroughly prepare for a possible new wave of investment to flow in the near future.