Gov’t may impose stricter social distancing in COVID-19 hotspots

The Government has issued Resolution No. 78/NQ-CP dated July 20, 2021, in which the Government said it would allow imposition of stricter social distancing rules in COVID-19 hotspots.

Gov’t may impose stricter social distancing in COVID-19 hotspots
An almost empty street in HCM City as the southern metropolis is being placed under social distancing.


The following are highlights of the resolution:

COVID-19 situation:

The pandemic is evolving complicatedly in many localities, especially Ho Chi Minh City. Of these 19 southern provinces and cities are now placed under social distancing in accordance with the Government’s Directive No 16/CT-TTg in a bid to soon limit the spread and push back COVID-19.

However, there remain shortcomings regarding transportation and supply of goods, coordination between ministries, agencies, and localities and COVID-19 response capacity of several localities.

The Government requests the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, ministries and agencies to enhance coordination in assisting Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities in the fight against COVID-19, strengthen discipline and public awareness in order to ensure the ultimate goal of putting public’s health and lives first and foremost.

Establishment of Government’s special working group

The Government decided to set up its special working group in Ho Chi Minh City to address urgent tasks arising in the fight against COVID-19 in the localities being placed under social distancing.

The Government assigned Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam to provide direct guidance to the working group which is headed by a Deputy Minister of National Defense.

Procurement of medical supplies

The Ministry of Health is assigned to coordinate with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and relevant agencies to work out a list of biologicals and medical supplies for concentrated procurement.

In the current pandemic time, the procurement of biological and medical supplies shall be conducted in accordance with Articles No. 22 and 26 of the Law on Bidding.

Under the guidance of Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, the Ministry of Health shall take prime responsibility for promptly drafting procurement mechanisms and submit to the Government for consideration and approval.

Serious enforcement of Directive No. 16

The Government ordered cities and provinces placed under social distancing in accordance with Directive No. 16 to organize serious and effective implementation of the Directive.
Grassroots political system shall have to strengthen inspection and supervision to ensure that citizens comply with the social distancing rules.

Responsibilities of ministers

The Minister of Health:

- Work out response scenarios for different levels of the pandemic. Shortage of treatment facilities and medical equipment, especially oxygen and ventilators is not allowed.

- Issue guidelines on quarantine period for entrants fully vaccinated.

- Issue guidelines on how to effectively manage COVID-19 patients (F0), people who come in close contact with COVID-19 patients (F1) and those who come in close contact with F1.

- Ensure progress of vaccination.

The Minister of National Defense:

- Direct the ministry’s coordination with the Ministry of Health in deploying vaccination.

- Direct the ministry’s coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology in research, development and production of domestic vaccines.

The Minister of Public Security:

 

- Mobilize forces to ensure security and social order, strict observation of social distancing measures, especially in areas placed under lockdown and social distancing.

The Minister of Transport:

- Ensure safe and smooth transportation of essential goods, input materials for production.

- Coordinate with the Ministry of Health to work out protocols on controlling transport vehicles in areas placed under social distancing.

The Minister of Industry and Trade:

Coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, localities, and businesses in ensuring smooth distribution of food and essential goods.

The Minister of Finance:

Mobilize financial resources for the fight against COVID-19.

The Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam:

Direct credit institutions to continue preferential loan policy to support businesses and individuals.

The Minister of Labor-Invalids and Social Affairs:

Organize serious implementation of the Government’s Resolution No. 68/NQ-CP and the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 23/2021/QD-TTg on support for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instruct localities to review and update people in need of financial support from central and local governments.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Coordinate with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies in promoting the purchase of vaccine and technological transfer for production of vaccines, drugs, medical equipment, and biological for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The Minister of Science and Technology:

Continue to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies in research, development and production of vaccines, biologicals, and medical supplies, and in accelerating human trials of COVID-19 treatment drugs.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development:

Timely address legal obstacles related to procurement.

The Minister of National Resources and Environment:

Coordinate with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies to handle issues related to environmental protection, especially treatment of medical waste.

Source: VGP

How to harmonize the two 'fronts'?

How to harmonize the two 'fronts'?

There must be satisfactory solutions for the sake of the economy and the country's reputation in international relations because the pressure to open up, for example, through accepting vaccine passports, is great.

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods

Hanoi authorities on July 18 halted all non-essential services from July 19 amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 
 

Other News

.
More than 33 million doses of vaccines allocated to localities nationwide
More than 33 million doses of vaccines allocated to localities nationwide
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

All 33.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines shipped to Vietnam so far have been distributed to localities nationwhile, meeting 20 percent of the demand for the national vaccination plan, said the Ministry of Health.

HCM City allows food and drink takeaway services, reopens IT stores
HCM City allows food and drink takeaway services, reopens IT stores
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

HCM City People’s Committee late Wednesday issued a new decision on COVID-19 prevention and control measures as the city continues to stay under the restrictive Directive 16 with outbreaks still not properly controlled yet.

Millions of students start online learning
Millions of students start online learning
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

Millions of students nationwide have started the new school year via an online learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Completion of HCM City’s Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro delayed to 2024
Completion of HCM City’s Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro delayed to 2024
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

The Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien urban railway project will be completed by the end of 2023 or early 2024.

Vietnam logs 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, 335 deaths on September 8
Vietnam logs 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, 335 deaths on September 8
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Vietnam recorded 12,680 new COVID-19 infections, including 17 imported cases, in the past 24 hours to 5pm on September 8, the Ministry of Health announced.

New online program connects leaders and citizens, helps to refute misinformation: official
New online program connects leaders and citizens, helps to refute misinformation: official
FEATUREicon  09/09/2021 

If the government takes the initiative in providing sufficient and accurate information, fake news will have nowhere to exist, said Le Quang Tu Do, Deputy Head of the Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information.

HCM City mulls Covid-19 green pass policy
HCM City mulls Covid-19 green pass policy
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Economic and medical experts in HCMC are in the process of studying and designing the Covid-19 green pass, said municipal chairman Phan Van Mai.

Vietnam to cooperate with French firm to conduct clinical trials of XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug
Vietnam to cooperate with French firm to conduct clinical trials of XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan held an online working session with France’s Xenothera company on cooperation to conduct the third phase of clinical trial of Xenothera-developed XAV-19 COVID-19 treatment drug 

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 8
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 8
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi to visit Viet Nam this week

Kind acts during pandemic can be abused by fraudsters
Kind acts during pandemic can be abused by fraudsters
FEATUREicon  08/09/2021 

More than ever, caution is needed when helping those in need during the epidemic through social platforms as fraudulent acts have increased.

HCM City plans to spend nearly US$350 million to support the needy after Sept. 15
HCM City plans to spend nearly US$350 million to support the needy after Sept. 15
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

HCM City Chairman Phan Van Mai said there are about 2 million households with 5.3 million people in need of welfare support in HCM City.

Vietnam may get 30 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses in September-October
Vietnam may get 30 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses in September-October
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

More shipments of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Vietnam, with about 30 million more doses in September and October, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said.

Vietnam logs 14,208 new COVID-19 cases on September 7
Vietnam logs 14,208 new COVID-19 cases on September 7
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Vietnam recorded 14,208 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 imported ones, on September 7, bringing the national count to 550,996, the Ministry of Health said.

Gov't asks 10 northern provinces, defence ministry to prepare to help Hanoi's COVID-19 efforts
Gov't asks 10 northern provinces, defence ministry to prepare to help Hanoi's COVID-19 efforts
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday asked the defence ministry and 10 northern localities to be prepared to provide support for Hanoi's COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.

Vietnam agrees on mixing & matching Pfizer-Moderna jabs
Vietnam agrees on mixing & matching Pfizer-Moderna jabs
SOCIETYicon  09/09/2021 

People can receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after they get the first Moderna jab several weeks earlier and vice versa, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on September 8.

Oxygen producers ensure sufficient supply of medical oxygen
Oxygen producers ensure sufficient supply of medical oxygen
SOCIETYicon  08/09/2021 

Oxygen plants in the south are stepping up production to meet domestic demand.

Hanoi considers allowing fully vaccinated people to travel
Hanoi considers allowing fully vaccinated people to travel
FEATUREicon  07/09/2021 

Hanoi has asked the Ministry of Health (MOH) to give guidance on allowing fully vaccinated people to travel and participate in production and pandemic prevention activities.

Fully vaccinated people still have to comply with social distancing regulations, 5K message: Health ministry
Fully vaccinated people still have to comply with social distancing regulations, 5K message: Health ministry
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

The Ministry of Health said those who have been fully vaccinated still have to comply with anti-pandemic warnings, including social distancing and 5K messages.

Vietnam’s “forest man” Ho Van Lang passes away
Vietnam’s “forest man” Ho Van Lang passes away
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

Mr. Ho Van Lang - who lived in the forest for more than 40 years - has passed away at the age of 52 after a long battle with liver cancer.

HCM City calls for 54,000 recovered Covid-19 patients to take part in epidemic prevention and control
HCM City calls for 54,000 recovered Covid-19 patients to take part in epidemic prevention and control
SOCIETYicon  07/09/2021 

HCM City has more than 87,000 Covid-19 patients who have completed quarantine, including 54,000 people of working age.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN