Preventive solutions against COVID-19 urged for early implementation in industrial parks

It is necessary to actively implement solutions at an early stage to prevent COVID-19 from occurring in industrial zones, experts have suggested.

Accommodation provided for workers right at their factory in a company in Que Vo Industrial Park, Bac Ninh Province. (Photo: NDO/Hai Ngo)
Accommodation provided for workers right at their factory in a company in Que Vo Industrial Park, Bac Ninh Province. (Photo: NDO/Hai Ngo)

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Delegates gathered at a meeting of National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control held under the chair of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the Government Headquarters in Hanoi on June 8.

At the meeting, the standing members of the Steering Committee emphasised that the reality in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, which are the country’s current two largest pandemic hotspots, shows that one of the most worrying problems is that the disease has appeared in industrial parks, but the outbreaks in the two northern neighbouring provinces have not been detected early.

Therefore, it is necessary to actively implement solutions from early stage to prevent the epidemic from occurring in many places, especially in industrial zones, the committee suggested, while asking for testing to be organised from the very beginning.

The Standing Committee also requested the Ministry of Health to urgently issue instructions for self-collection of samples, promoting the piloting of new COVID-19 testing technologies and urgently developing a handbook for epidemic prevention and control in industrial zones and immediately disseminating it to localities.

This morning (June 9), Vietnam recorded 64 more COVID-19 infections, including 41 domestic and 23 imported cases, lifting the national tally to 9,222, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry said among the new locally-transmitted cases, 24 were detected in Bac Giang and 17 in Bac Ninh.

The number of locally-transmitted and imported cases so far stand at 7,614, and 1,608, respectively. Meanwhile, the total number of domestic infections reported since April 27 when the fourth coronavirus wave hit the country amounted to 6,044.

On June 8, 40 patients were given the all-clear, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,549, while the death toll rose to 55.

The number of tests carried out from April 29 to now has reached 1,784,306 samples for 3,763,592 people.

An additional 10,119 people were given COVID-19 vaccine shots in 11 provinces and cities nationwide on June 8, pushing the total number of administered doses to over 1.35 million.

The 16 localities of Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh and Thanh Hoa have not recorded any new cases for 14 days.

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A large-scale testing and tracing work is being carried out urgently in Ha Tinh Province. (Photo: NDO/Ngo Tuan)

On June 8, Ha Tinh Provincial People's Committee issued a decision to establish a medical isolation area in the entire Ha Tinh City, the province’s capital, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. From 12 am on June 8, the entire city, including 14 communes and wards (except Thach Binh Commune), with a total of 24,759 households and 100,254 people, will be placed in isolation until further notice. Ha Tinh Province requires the city’s residents to isolate their family from the others and stay at home, only going out when it is absolutely necessary.

Meanwhile, some localities have initially loosened regulations on epidemic prevention and control. Quang Ninh Province has decided to allow all local tourist sites, monuments, scenic spots, religious establishments and service establishments to reopen from 12 am on June 8. Coffee shops, restaurants, eateries, cultural and sport services and fitness clubs are allowed to resume operation, except for karaoke bars, discos, massage parlours, bars, pubs, clubs, and video game centres. Golf courses are allowed to welcome visitors from within the province.

Starting from 22:00 on June 8, Thuan Thanh District in Bac Ninh Province decided to end the medical isolation for the three hamlets of Duc Hiep, Xuan Le and Da Tien in Xuan Lam Commune, marking the first three villages in Thuan Thanh to end the medical isolation period, which is a good sign in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in Bac Ninh. For 21 days, no new cases of community infections have been detected. All locals tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 three times.

Da Nang City has allowed some essential services to operate again. Accordingly, from 0:00 on June 9, restaurants, shops, and food service establishments are allowed to open for sale on the spot but must close before 21:00 daily. Beach activities are allowed to resume, but it is strictly forbidden to gather in large numbers at local beaches. A number of non-contact sports activities such as tennis, golf, badminton, and table tennis have reopened.

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Da Nang authorities have allowed the resumption of sea swimming from 4:30 am to no later than 7:30 am and from 4:30 pm to no later than 6:30 pm daily. (Photo: NDO/Anh Dao)

On June 8, various units and localities received funding and medical equipment for epidemic prevention and control and supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund. Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen received medical supplies and essential goods including 3,000 COVID-19 quick test kits, 100,000 masks, and machinery and equipment worth VND1 billion.

The Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) has received donations worth over VND1.2 billion from various individuals, units and enterprises.

30 local businesses donated over VND225 billion to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund at a ceremony held by Hai Phong City authorities.

The Can Tho City’s VFF Committee received VND1 billion to support the fund and 5,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits worth VND1 billion donated by Hau Giang Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company. In addition, the company also sponsored hand sanitizers for nine district People's Committees and 14 key hospitals in the Mekong Delta city.

The VFF Committee of Thai Binh province received VND2 billion from the VIGLACERA Corporation for the prevention and control of COVID-19 epidemic in the locality. On the same day, Medicon Co., Ltd. presented Thai Binh with 10,000 rapid test kits and 300 droplet shields with a total value of VND1.35 billion.

Ha Nam Province's COVID-19 Prevention and Control Fund has received more than VND17 billion VND from the relevant businesses, organisations, units and individuals.

The Border Guard Command of Thanh Hoa Province received 10 solar power systems and 13 water purifiers with a total value of more than VND500 million from Nghi Son Iron and Steel Joint Stock Company to help equip border checkpoints against COVID-19 in Quan Son District.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt on June 8 launched a fundraising campaign to call for donations to the COVID-19 vaccine fund in the home country. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Tran Thanh Cong called on the Vietnamese community in Egypt to promote the spirit of great national unity and mutual support, and contribute both financially and spiritually to the fight against COVID-19 at home.

On the same day, Nguyen Van Nen, Politburo member cum Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, joined local leaders to visit and encourage medical staff at Cho Ray Hospital as well as visiting a COVID-19 patient who is a police officer in Tan Phu District.

Also on June 8, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son visited and gave gifts to medical teachers and students who are on duty to support Bac Giang Province in the fight against COVID-19. To date, the Ministry of Health has mobilised more than 2,500 health workers to support the fight against the epidemic in the northern province.