Vietnam strengthens efforts against-nCoV after two more infection cases revealed

Friday, 2020-02-07 09:55:14
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Passengers arriving in Ho Chi Minh City via Saigon Railway Station have their body temperature measured. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – Vietnam has stepped up preventive measures against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with the country having detected 12 patients that contracted the deadly virus so far.

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Late Thursday (February 6), the Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed two more new nCoV infections in Binh Xuyen District in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. The duo are family members of a patient who had tested positive for the virus after returning to Vietnam from the Chinese city of Wuhan – the centre of the coronavirus epidemic.

As of February 6, Vietnam has had 12 cases of nCoV infection, of which, three have been discharged from hospital. The remaining cases are being provided with isolated treatment and are in stable health.

The latest update from the MoH, as of 12 pm this morning, showed that 31,482 infections have been recorded around the globe, with 639 deaths, 637 of which were in mainland China.

A strictly protected quarantine area at Hue Central Hospital. (Photo: NDO)

On Thursday afternoon, the ministry issued an urgent telegraph to the Ho Chi Minh City authorities urging for immediate isolation and epidemic preventive measures for passengers arriving on a flight of Asiana Airlines from Seoul (the Republic of Korea) to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Accordingly, the authorities in Ho Chi Minh City were requested to conduct a review of all entries from or through China on the flight and to implement isolation measures for them for 14 days

Earlier the same day, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Tran Don, announced that military units have prepared more than 100 barracks to be ready to receive over 31,000 Vietnamese people returning from China for a 14-day isolation period. The units have been actively in providing training on healthcare work and preparing facilities for fighting nCoV spread.

A traffic policeman distributes free masks to local people in Binh Duong Province. (Photo: NDO)

On Thursday afternoon, at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate in Cao Loc District, Lang Son Province, the local government presented 350,000 medical masks to representatives from China’s neighbouring province of Guangxi to help cope with the spread of nCoV. Earlier, Lang Son had also provided the Chinese side with 265,000 face masks, 500 bottles of isopropyl alcohol and 800 protective suits, along with many other medical products, in the combat against the nCoV-caused acute respiratory disease.

Auxiliary border gates between Lang Son and Guangxi will be reopened on February 10 to facilitate border trade between the two neighbours. Meanwhile, customs clearance through Bac Luan II Bridge at Mong Cai International Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province has resumed on February 7.

At recent talks between Quang Ninh’s Mong Cai City and Guangxi’s Dongxing City, both sides have agreed to prioritise customs clearance for feedstock for production at the Texhong Textile Group Co. Ltd. at Mong Cai Border Gate Economic Zone, as well as medical equipment and materials for the prevention and control of nCoV. Customs clearance will be available for other products on February 8.

The two localities also reached a consensus on tight health quarantine, with sterilisation for all vehicles transporting goods from China to Vietnam. Drivers and porters will undergo strict medical examinations as well. The same quarantine rules will be applied for Vietnamese vehicles and drivers.

Also, on February 6, the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Thanh Hoa Province said that Chinese business owners and workers in the province have actively implemented isolation and health monitoring measures. They have sprayed disinfectant chemicals and set up medical teams to monitor the health of their workers.

Spraying disinfectant chemicals to prevent nCoV infection in Thanh Hoa Province. (Photo: NDO)

On the same day, the Vietnam National Children's Hospital organised an online training course on nCoV response for more than 10,000 health workers and trainees at nearly 300 venues across the nation. Currently, the hospital has taken measures to receive, treat and manage suspected nCoV infections.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism hosted a conference in Hanoi on February 6 to discuss measures to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus-caused acute respiratory disease on the tourism sector. At the conference, multiple measures were proposed to offset growth in epidemic-hit markets, including restructuring resources and markets under the national tourism promotion programme.

Marketing campaigns should be run in the media to convey the message that Vietnam is an attractive and safe destination for tourists. Delegates also highlighted the need to launch demand stimulation drives, offer lower prices to draw visitors back, allow tax reductions for travel firms, and simplify visa procedures for groups of tourists served by travel agencies.

The State Bank of Vietnam has asked credit institutions to prepare capital sources to meet borrowing demand and provide support to customers who have been affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Several banks have announced lowered interest rates to support their customers.