Vietnam will gradually ease social distancing in a controlled way by September 30 to support socio-economic development, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Chinh, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, was speaking at an online meeting with leaders of ministries, centrally-run cities and provinces, as well as districts and communes nationwide, on September 25.
He asked the leaders of ministries and localities to review the ongoing COVID-19 fight and introduce solutions to achieve the goal.
The PM also announced that the National Assembly Standing Committee has agreed with the Government’s proposal on promulgating a policy to support employees and employers affected by the pandemic from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
He requested relevant ministries, agencies and localities to well implement this policy to promptly support employees and employers during the challenging period.
According to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, the COVID-19 outbreak is showing signs of abating nationwide, especially in major southern hotspots such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong and Long An.
Vietnam has confirmed 72,236 new infections during the week, a fall of 9.7% compared to the previous week, the minister said.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll for the week has also dropped by 12.1% from the previous week. Particularly, the mortality rate declined by 10.5% in Ho Chi Minh City, 12.6% in Binh Duong, 15.4% in Dong Nai and 15.8% in Long An.