|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (C) presides over a teleconference regarding the new coronavirus (nCoV) in Hanoi on February 1.
Upon noting the increase in face mask prices, Deputy PM Duc Dam requested that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Trade move to inspect pharmacies nationwide and withdrawal business licenses if any pharmacy is found in violation of rules.
State management agencies must work to direct agencies during this period to not transport face masks and antiseptics abroad, he added.
The Deputy PM stated that relevant agencies must take responsibility and be active as a way of preventing the further spread of the nCoV infection.
He also noted the transparency of information regarding the disease so that people are more aware of any risks and have greater levels of understanding to combat the nCoV infection.
As of 5pm on January 31, the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has recorded one Vietnamese case of the nCoV infection with the person currently receiving treatment at Khanh Hoa Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
In total the nation has confirmed six nCoV patients, including two who are a father and son from Wuhan, China.
The other four remaining cases are all Vietnamese and were confirmed on January 30 and January 31.
Of the six patients, four of them had directly came from or had recently returned from Wuhan, whilst the receptionist at a hotel in Nha Trang had recently come into close contacts with other infected people.
At present China has reported 11,800 cases of the nCoV infection with a total of 259 people being killed as a result of the virus, all of whom passed away in China. This comes after the virus has spread to over 20 countries and territories outside China.