Covid-19 related deaths and critical cases fall sharply in Vietnam
After one month of Resolution 128, the number of Covid-19 related deaths and critical cases has dropped sharply, according to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long at the meeting. Photo: VGP
Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long reported at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, held on November 20, that in the first month of Resolution 128 on safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of the Covid-19 pandemic (from October 11 to November 19), Vietnam recorded 105,543 infection cases.
Compared to the previous month, the number of new cases increased by 2.9%, but the number of deaths fell by 46.3%; the number of patients treated in hospital dropped by 25.3%; and the number of severe and critical cases fell by 40.8%.
However, the number of locally-infected cases is rising in many localities; many cases have no symptoms, and the source of infection is unknown, and are mostly related to people returning from epidemic-hit areas.
As of November 19, Vietnam had received 131.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, and distributed 129.6 million doses to localities. The remaining 1.6 million vaccine doses have not been allocated as they have just arrived and are being tested.
The country has administered more than 106 million doses. Around 89.4% of the population aged 18 and older have had the first dose and 53.4% have been fully vaccinated with two doses.
As many as 18 provinces and cities are giving vaccinations against Covid-19 for children aged 12-17.
The Government on October 11 issued Resolution No. 128/NQ-CP adopting provisional guidelines on safe adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government said COVID-19 fight remains a key task in order to protect public’s health and lives while trying to turn the country into “new normal” as soon as possible.
Four levels of pandemic risk
The Guidelines stipulate four levels of pandemic risks as follows:
Level 1: Low-risk (new normal) – labeled green
Level 2: Medium-risk – labeled yellow
Level 3: High-risk – labeled orange
Level 4: Very high-risk – labeled red
Pandemic risk is determined on the basis of three indicators:
(i) Number of new infections/population/time;
(ii) Vaccine coverage rate;
(iii) Treatment capacity of different administrative levels.
Based on instructions of the Ministry of Health, cities and provinces shall decide to raise or lower COVID-19 assessment risk. In case of raising the pandemic assessment risk, local authorities shall have to inform citizens and businesses at least 48 hours in advance.
Corresponding response measures
The Guidelines specify response measures applicable to the following activities of organizations, public agencies, and businesses:
(i) Indoor and outdoor gatherings
(ii) Road, inland waterway, sea passenger transport
(iii) Interprovincial and intra-provincial transportation of goods
(iv) Operations of production facilities, construction sites; supermarkets, trade centers, convenient stores, wholesale markets; restaurants, traditional markets; discotheques, karaoke parlors, bars, Internet shops, electronic game shops, barber shops, beauty salons and other service facilities decided by local authorities, street vending
(v) Face-to-face learning
(vi) Operations of public agencies
(vii) Operations of religious sites
(viii) Operations of resorts, hotels, tourism sites; cultural, art, and sport activities
The Guidelines also specify measures applicable to individuals, such as compliance with the Ministry of Health’s 5K message, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 treatment.
The Guidelines shall be implemented synchronously nationwide. Localities are allowed to adopt additional measures provided that they are not contrary to the regulations adopted by the central Government.
Localities’ additional measures must not constitute hindrance to movement of goods, production and business activities, and mobility of people.
Some National Assembly deputies have suggested that the National Assembly and Government should set April 27 as a memorial day for those who have died of Covid-19.
Many key workers such as police officers, soldiers, and nurses have died during the country’s fight against COVID-19, and their silent sacrifice should be honoured nationwide.