Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (standing) chairs the national teleconference on November 20 (Photo: VNA)
Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 20 pointed out a high risk of COVID-19 resurgence,
demanding all-level authorities and sectors to take measures for pandemic
adaptation and socio-economic development in a uniform and consistent manner.
The leader, who is also head of the
National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, made the
request while chairing a national teleconference with the 63 provincial-level
As of November 19, Vietnam recorded
more than 1 million COVID-19 cases in the fourth wave of infections that started in late April, including 880,000 recoveries (or 82 percent) and 23,500
deaths, according to the national committee.
In more than one month of taking
measures for safely and flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling the
pandemic, the country has seen
105,543 cases of community transmission, including 90,442 in the southern
region (85.6 percent).
The number of community infections
increased 2.9 percent, fatalities declined 46.3 percent, those under treatment
at hospital down 25.3 percent, and the cases in critical conditions down 40.8
percent month on month.
The national committee said the pandemic
has been basically brought under control nationwide. However, community
transmission of the coronavirus tends to grow in many localities, with many cases
showing no symptoms, having unknown infection sources, or being linked with
people returning from pandemic-hit areas.
Blaming subjective factors for the recent
unwanted situation, PM Chinh warned about COVID-19 resurgence, asking all-level
authorities and sectors to have a better grasp, forecast and analysis of the
situation so as to carry out feasible and effective anti-pandemic actions.
He told the Ministry of Health to complete
a general strategy for COVID-19 prevention and control, and authorities and
sectors to overhaul the legal basis for implementing measures for safe and
flexible adaption to and effective control of COVID-19, as well as for socio-economic
recovery and development, in a uniform and consistent manner at all levels.
He requested that in the immediate future,
localities and sectors seriously carry out the resolution and the
temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control
of the pandemic.
The Government leader demanded
localities assist one another in COVID-19 response, step up vaccination so that
all people aged 18 and above will be fully inoculated by the end of 2021, build
vaccination plans for children, give the third dose of vaccine for adults, and
ensure sufficient and timely supply of drugs.
The PM also ordered continued
communications to raise people and businesses’ awareness, effectively apply
technology to COVID-19 prevention and control, issue appropriate regulations on
entry into and exit from the country, and especially fight corruption
and group interests during the implementation of anti-pandemic and