Vietnam to resume more international flights in "controlled" manner (22:49 19/09/2020)


HNP - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an online meeting of permanent Government members on COVID-19 prevention and control on September 18.   


At the meeting.


From Hanoi, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy, who is also the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, along with leaders of the city’s entities attended the event.
 
According to a report presented by Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, as of 6:30 a.m on September 18, Vietnam confirmed 1,068 COVID-19 patients,  941 of them recovered  and 35 deceased.
 
Local authorities have strictly realized the guidelines of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control on quarantining and testing for those entering Vietnam, while continuing to abide by anti-COVID-19 measures.
 
Speaking at the meeting, Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that the city was determined to keep up socio-economic development, while strengthening the fight against COVID-19. 
 
Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting.
 
According to Quy, Hanoi has just confirmed three COVID-19 infection cases that were put on quarantine upon arrival. All people who had been exposed to the patients have been traced and under quarantine in timely manner so as to prevent the spread of the virus.
 
Hanoi has gone through more than 30 straight days without recording local infection of the novel coronavirus, the city official emphasized. 
 
He said, in a bid to ensure public health and maintain the economic growth, the municipal People’s Committee asked departments, agencies and districts to abide by COVID-19 prevention and control regulations in the new normal in line with the PM’s Announcement 18. 
 
In order to prepare for upcoming foreign arrivals, Hanoi had designated 14 hotels - including high-end ones like Crown Plaza, Sofitel and the Intercontinental - with a capacity of 2,110 rooms ready to be used as paid quarantine facilities, Quy informed.
 
The official affirmed that although the pandemic has been basically put under control in Hanoi, a series of proper measures would be placed to prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
 
The city authorities decided to relax restrictive measures from September 16 so as to ensure the dual goal of disease fighting and promoting economic growth.
 
Hanoi demanded district/township governments to limit crowed events in public like meetings and festivals so as to avoid the return of outbreaks.
 
Making conclusion at the meeting, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 prevention and control, ministries and localities, especially the health sector for their effort in containing the pandemic.
 
Saying that the infection cases and deaths continued to rise in the world, Phuc ordered all localities and sectors must be always on guard, especially in managing arrivals from overseas into Vietnam, to avoid community infections during the initial stage of reopening.
 
He urged ministries, ministerial-level agencies, and localities to continue pursuing the dual task while effectively carrying out anti-pandemic measures and strictly handling violations.
 
Local authorities should cooperate with the Ministry of Public Security to create favorable conditions for entries into Vietnam, provided that COVID-19 prevention and control protocol is implemented strictly so as to prevent the district from spreading into the country, the Government leader stressed.
 
Taking lessons from Danang, PM Phuc underscored the importance to review and ensure anti-pandemic control in medical facilities.
 
The health sector was told to improve treatment regimes and continue to research and develop COVID-19 vaccines. 

By Tran Huong


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