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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

PM urges strengthening fight against COVID-19 as new cases emerge in Vietnam

Updated: 15:13’ - 12/03/2020
 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on March 11 issued a directive requesting tightened control over citizens entering Vietnam via points of entry by air, land and sea; and suspension of the unilateral visa exemption for those of, as well as for Vietnamese people and their spouses and children in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany and Spain.

People have their body temperature measured when travelling in Mong Cai Border area in the northern province of Quang Ninh__Photo: VNA
 
Under Directive 13/CT-TTg, the PM requests health declaration to be compulsory for all people entering Vietnam. Those coming from or travelling through areas affected by the outbreak must be quarantined and flights between the country and those areas, including those by foreign airlines, must be minimized, according to the directive.

He also urges ministries, ministry-level agencies and the People’s Committees of provincial-level localities to push ahead with quickly detecting and strictly controlling sources of infection, both in the country and from other nations; quarantining or monitoring those who have contact with confirmed cases in line with the Health Ministry’s guidance; and checking people entering the country within the last 14 days but not having to stay at concentrated quarantine areas.

The PM also asked agencies and localities to strictly manage and ensure safety for tourism activities, postpone overseas trips, and advise people against going aboard, especially the areas affected by COVID-19.

In his directive, the Government leader also ordered relevant parties to ready plans for large-scale quarantine; step up the research on COVID-19 prevention, treatment and vaccines; and strictly deal with persons publicizing fake news, intentionally inflating prices or violating regulations on health declaration and quarantine. 

In Vietnam, after 22 days without any new cases, 23 more infection cases have been recorded from March 6 thru 11, including many from countries with large trading and traveller volumes with Vietnam.- (VNS/VLLF)
 

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