Flexible response measures proposed amid sharp fall in COVID-19 infections

VOV.VN - It remains imperative to raise public awareness of the necessity of personal prevention, in which vaccination, mask wearing, and disinfection remain the key factors amid a sharp continual decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases, according to health experts.

According to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health, May 6 saw the nation record a total of 3,819 new infections across 56 provinces and cities nationwide, marking a drop of 486 cases from the previous day, with 2,706 cases detected within the community.

The average number of new cases nationwide over the past seven days stands at 3,696 per day, while the national death rate has been at a daily average of just two.

The local pandemic situation therefore continues to show positive signs as the number of fresh infections, severe cases, and deaths has dramatically plunged in recent times, dropping from nearly 200,000 new infections per day to below 5,000 cases per day.

Most notably, Hanoi, the locality which has constantly recorded the highest number of infections, has also passed the peak of the pandemic as the number of cases continuously drop. The capital has seen infections rapidly fall from over 30,000 cases per day to roughly 700 cases per day.

Currently, the number of severe COVID-19 patients and the mortality rate have also seen a decrease, with the average number of deaths recorded over the past seven days standing at two cases each day, with there even being some days with no fatalities recorded.

Furthermore, the vaccine coverage rate remains high, with most people having been vaccinated with two doses and a booster shot.

The whole country has so far injected approximately 215.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines of all kinds.

Moving into the new normal, adaptation efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the nation become more "open", with a broad range of activities resuming, such as tourism and entertainment services, as well as schools and offices reopening.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, former director of the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 pandemic has gradually been brought under control and has stabilised as a result of the high rate of vaccine coverage, the large number of vaccinated people, and the sharp fall in new infections.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nga also said that for the time being, recommendations regarding pandemic relations should be flexible, with a particular focus placed on wearing masks and disinfection. In addition, it can also be viewed as necessary to distinguish which principles are the priority and which are mutually supportive to different activities.

Dr. Nga recommended that people who are already in the habit of following disease prevention measures should also maintain the spirit of fighting the pandemic by wearing masks where necessary and keeping a close watch on the developments relating to the pandemic.

According to health experts, mask wearing, disinfection, and vaccination are the most important factors in the current pandemic prevention measures.