Delta variant challenges Vietnam’s resilience

Having struggled with Covid-19 for two years, Vietnam has step by step controlled the outbreaks. The reduction in the number of infections and deaths shows that the country is on the right track.

Delta variant challenges Vietnam’s resilience

January 23, 2021 marked the first anniversary of the first Covid-19 infection case found in Vietnam.

However, the country effectively controlled the outbreaks, with the number of infections and deaths much lower than other countries.

As of January 23, 2021, or after one year of the pandemic, the ratio of infections per 1 million people was at 16, while the ratio of deaths per 1 million people was 0.4.

These were the lowest figures among the five countries with a population of over 90 million. This was an impressive achievement recognized by the world.

During the first three waves, Vietnam changed the methods of fighting against Covid-19, depending on the new developments of the pandemic and the appearance of new coronavirus variants.

Vietnam shifted from tracing positive cases to finding sources of infection, and imposing isolation to prevent the spread of virus on a large scale (throughout the country, provinces) to isolation on a narrower scale (hamlet, commune).

While Covid-19 seriously affected socio-economic activities all over the globe and large economies faced the worst recession in many decades, Vietnam still maintained encouraging economic growth rates, while successfully controlling three pandemic waves.

With the 2.91 percent GDP growth rate in 2020, Vietnam was one of a few economies that could maintain growth. The figure represented the lowest growth rate in 2011-2020, but it was considered a big success in the context of Covid-19.

At an online conference on strengthening Covid-19 prevention and control held on April 16, 2021, the Minister of Health said a great political lesson from the victory in the third wave was the close, serious leadership of the Community Party and the mobilization of the entire political system, ministries, branches and people to implement the ‘four on-the-site’ and ‘fighting the pandemic like fighting enemies’ mottos.

The devastation of Delta

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), there have been seven SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation in Vietnam. In the fourth wave, two variants – Delta and Alpha – were recognized. Of these, Delta is 50 percent more contagious than Alpha, while Alpha is 60-70 percent more contagious than the previous one.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long predicted that the fourth wave would last longer than the previous ones, causing large-scale impact and seriously affecting people’s life and socio-economic development.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), there have been seven SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation in Vietnam. In the fourth wave, two variants – Delta and Alpha – were recognized. Of these, Delta is 50 percent more contagious than Alpha, while Alpha is 60-70 percent more contagious than the previous one.

“The current infection cycle is only 2 days, not five days as previously estimated,” Long said.

 

The Minister, at the Government’s online conference with localities on the Covid-19 prevention and control, stressed that Delta can spread very quickly which may cause overloading to the healthcare system. Preparing the healthcare system to get ready for Covid-19 patient treatment was more urgent than ever.

HCM City impact

HCM City has been the biggest sufferer from Delta. On September 30, HCM City released Directive 18 on loosening activities and coming to the new normal, commencing from October 1, 2021. However, the decision was only released after it experienced more than 160 days struggling with the pandemic and several lockdowns where strict measures were applied.

Because of the complicated developments of the pandemic, HCM City had to apply drastic measures.

The city had difficulties because it is a large commercial hub with special economic, social and population characteristics, and close relations with neighboring provinces.

The moves taken by the city not only aimed at protecting its citizens, but also determined the success of the country’s fight against the pandemic, especially the neighboring provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An.

When HCM City was implementing the Prime Minister Directive 16, the municipal authorities affirmed that fighting the pandemic was the top priority, and that people’s health was the most important thing.

When tightening social distancing, HCM City had to set up thousands of blockade points and isolate hundreds of residential quarters. It also established tens of concentrated quarantine places and field hospitals, treated Covid-19 patients in accordance with the five-floor treatment levels (which later turned into three-floor level) and set up many resuscitation hospitals to save severely ill patients.

In the fight against the pandemic, HCM City received support from the central government, the healthcare sector, army, police and volunteers.

However, the pandemic has had a big impact on people’s lives and the economy. According to the HCM City Business Association, more than 70 percent of businesses were affected by July 30. Many enterprises have had to suspend operation or close their doors.

Most businesses reported that their revenue had dropped by 50-90 percent. Tens of thousands of workers have lost jobs and need support.

The city has set up a welfare center which has delivered 2 million welfare bags to people and launched three support packages in cash to 10 million beneficiaries.

With the effort of increasing vaccination coverage and strengthening the healthcare sector, the Government is now pursuing a strategy on safely adapting and effectively controlling the pandemic. 

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PM requests stronger COVID-19 prevention and control nationwide

PM requests stronger COVID-19 prevention and control nationwide

Provinces and cities applying social distancing measures were requested to ensure enough food and essential services for residents, especially those of vulnerable groups.  

Highly contagious Delta variant lengthens outbreak in Vietnam

Highly contagious Delta variant lengthens outbreak in Vietnam

The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with its rapid and strong spread in a very short time, has put huge pressure on the health system.

 
 

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