Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued Notice No.121/CD-TTg on intensifying prevention measures against the acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of corona virus.
At Tan Son Nhat airport
The virus is spreading human to human in China while nomedicine or vaccine is available. It has infected nearly 2,000 people in China,and killed at least 56 as of late January 25.
Many countrieshave also recorded infection cases, including Thailand, Malaysia, the Republicof Korea, Japan, Australia, France and the US.
The PM required the Health Ministry to closely check passengerscoming in at border gates on roads, waterway and airway. Those who aresuspected of being infected must be isolated immediately.
The ministries of information and communications; culture,sports and tourism; labour, invalids and social affairs; and foreign affairsmust work closely with the Health Ministry to popularize information and warningsto Vietnamese citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas.
Chairs of people’s committees of all centrally-run municipaland provincial were order to take drastic actions in disease control inaccordance with directions of the Health Ministry; ensure the supply ofmedicines, medical equipment and funding for disease prevention and controlactivities.
Two Chinese citizens, a father and his son, have been quarantinedat Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital after they tested positive tothe virus.
These are the first cases of individuals infected with thevirus ever Vietnam has confirmed since the disease spread from China’s Wuhancity last December./.VNA