The nation must stay vigilant in epidemic combat

VOV.VN - Vietnam has taken right steps to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic but it must stay united and remain vigilant as it is still too early to confirm that the pandemic has been brought under control.

The remarks were made by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control at a meeting in Hanoi on April 8.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that, as of April 8 there has been 251 cases confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus in Vietnam, with 126 being released from hospital after their full recovery.

Director of the MoH’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Management, Luong Ngoc Khue said it is worth noting that the number of newly-confirmed cases each day is now lower than the number of recoveries.

Those who have made a successful recovery now make up for more than half of all cases.
The ministry is working to revamp the regimen in order to minimise severe cases and fatalities, he said.

Participants held that despite Vietnam’s efforts to carry out drastic measures, the  epidemic continues to spread in the wider community, as before midnight on March 22, when the foreign entry into Vietnam was ground to a halt, hundreds of thousands of people, including many from coronavirus-hit countries, had already entered Vietnam.

Of the 251 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed to date, 156 (62.6%) originated from other nations.

The country must continue to take a range of measures such as quarantining, testing people having close contact or links with infections, practicing social distancing, and detecting small hotspots early to prevent them from spreading to the community.

In addition to identifying sources of infection, it is imperative to tackle fresh hotspots in a rapid and effective manner, they noted.