Major General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security and Commander of the MPS Interim Front Command based in Ho Chi Minh City and leaders of the 19 Southern provincial-level police departments and relevant under-ministerial units attended the virtual meeting.
According to a report of the Public Security Department of Health, the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam currently sees complicated developments and the country recorded 47,343 infected cases by July 18, including 190 deaths.
In the face of the evolving pandemic, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on July 17 ordered the exercise of large-scale social distancing in 19 Southern provinces (Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Can Tho City, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Tien Giang, Long An, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Kien Giang), starting from July 19.
At the meeting, police leaders of the provinces and cities briefed the two Deputy Ministers on the pandemic situation in their localities as well as the coordination between the local police forces and local authorities in implementing anti-COVID-19 guidelines and plans. They also proposed measures to prevent and control the disease in the coming time as well as plans to support the epicenters.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Le Quoc Hung requested all public security agencies and local police departments to strictly follow the guidelines of the Government, the directives of the Prime Minister and the MPS leadership, as well as the instructions of the MPS Steering Committee for Pandemic Prevention and Control and the MPS Front Command on anti-pandemic measures.
The traffic police force was asked to actively advise local authorities to control vehicles entering and exiting Southern provinces and cities while ensuring the transportation of food and essential goods to quarantined areas, and facilitating workers and people returning from Ho Chi Minh City to their hometowns in accordance with the Prime Minister’s directions and the health sector’s regulations.
Deputy Minister Hung also asked detention centers in the Southern region to tighten preventive measures against the pandemic, proactively work out plans for testing and quarantining new prisoners as well as plans for possible COVID scenarios in case the disease spreads into the detention facilities.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son emphasized the COVID-19 pandemic was growing quickly across localities and said that the Public Security Forces, especially the police of Southern localities, should raise their awareness of COVID prevention, while the leaders of police units should enhance their leadership and responsibility for COVID prevention and control, and actively implement tasks assigned to their units.
“In this difficult time, the People's Public Security Forces should continue playing their role as the frontline force, together with the health sector, the army, agencies, and sectors, to stamp out the large-scale pandemic outbreak," Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Son stressed.