At the opening remark, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that there were positive signs in the past few days as the number of new infection cases reduced while the number of discharged patients increased. The prime minister underlined that people’s serious observance of Government’s Directives No.15 and 16 is the most important factor that has made the anti-pandemic work successful so far.
Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Son, Deputy Minister of Public Security stressed the need to handle serious violations of the regulations on epidemic prevention and control, specifically cases of offending Directive No.16. Over the past time, the local police handled nearly 1,000 violations related to the epidemic prevention regulations, including several cases prosecuted with criminal charge, he said.
In addition, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son noted that the management of foreigners must be tightened in order to prevent the import of COVID-19 cases from other countries.
To conclude the meeting, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that the country’s initial success has resulted from the consensus of the whole political system and people in the fight against COVID-19 disease. COVID-19 poses a big challenge for our country but it also makes our nation stay more united in fulfilling defense, security and socio-economic objectives, under the leadership of the Party, in the coming time, he said.
The prime minister also underlined that authorities at all levels and people should not become satisfied with the initial results in the fight against COVID-19 as the disease could break out again at any time.
Currently, Vietnam is fighting COVID-19 in phase 3 with three steps: social distancing, detecting infection cases, and quarantining the infected area and treating patients on spot. In other words, Vietnam will stamp out the epidemic by actively quarantining infected areas and giving intensive care to COVID-19 patients to minimize death.
Therefore, the whole political system, especially local authorities and the health sector, should closely follow the COVID-19 situation, prepare plans for possible scenarios and work out solutions to a possible second wave of COVID-19 infection, until the end of the social distancing order on April 15.