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Fighting pandemic: Vietnam chooses ‘slow but sure’ way

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Vietnam might reach the ‘finish line’ – vaccination and herd immunity – later than Europe and the US by five to six months, but it would prefer to go slowly and carefully.

Fighting pandemic: Vietnam chooses ‘slow but sure’ way

The views of Do Cao Bao, Member of FPT Corporation’s Board of Management about the vaccination program in Vietnam have been applauded by many people. VietNamNet Global would like to introduce more of his thoughts about the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This article shows the author’s opinions. It has been posted on her personal page.

We have recently heard complaints from many people that while European and America have vaccinated more than 50 percent of their population and nearly reached herd immunity, Vietnam is still busy with ‘tracing’, ‘quarantining’ and ‘social distancing’.

The people say ‘we only won one battle, while they won the whole war’.

I am writing for those who complain and compare Vietnam and western countries, and criticize the Government for what it has been doing to fight the pandemic.

Remember that in the last 15 months, these countries have had to struggle hard to control the pandemic. They had to impose lockdowns many times on entire territories and cities, and saw all activities frozen.

Meanwhile, in Vietnam, most people still can live normal lives. We can go to work, go to restaurants, cafes, visit friends, go on picnics, return to home villages and even watch football matches.

Remember that this lasted 15 months, which is a precious period of time. So, please, be grateful to those people who worked to give us the 450 peaceful days.

Don’t forget that these nations experienced a tough year in 2020 with weak economic performance and minus GDP (gross domestic product) growth rates – (minus 2.8 percent, minus 3.5 percent, or even minus 11 percent). Meanwhile, Vietnam still obtained a GDP growth rate of 2.9 percent, among the highest growth rates in the world.

Don’t forget that these nations experienced a tough year in 2020 with weak economic performance and minus GDP growth rates – (minus 2.8 percent, minus 3.5 percent, or even minus 11 percent). Meanwhile, Vietnam still obtained a GDP growth rate of 2.9 percent, among the highest growth rates in the world.

Some days ago, S&P Global Rating still predicted a 8.5 percent growth rate for Vietnam in 2021.

To date, these countries have had 500,000-700,000, or even several millions of people, infected with Covid-19. Meanwhile, modern medicine still doesn’t know exactly about the long-term impacts of the virus on infected people’s health.

Tens of thousands of people in these countries, or even hundreds of thousands, have died from the virus, or 500-13,000 times higher than the number of Vietnam’s fatalities.

Life is precious, more precious than anything else.

At this moment, the country is struggling with the fourth wave of the pandemic. Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces need support from other localities nationwide. Let’s stand side by side with the Government and the health sector to fight the pandemic, repel and stamp out the pandemic, so that the country can have free hands to focus on the largest-ever vaccination campaign.

Believe that we will complete vaccinations of 70 percent of the population, and reach herd immunity by the end of the first quarter of 2022 at the latest.

We may reach herd immunity later than some European countries and the US by five to six months. However, in return, we have had 15 months of peace and a positive economic growth rate. This is a worthy exchange.

So, it is not the time to complain, whine and criticize. Let’s say thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the Government, the health sector, doctors, nurses and military soldiers, who have given us 15 months of peace in the midst of a global pandemic, and given our country the opportunity to break through and narrow the economic gap with other countries, creating a new position and new strength for the next period of development. 

Do Cao Bao

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/fighting-pandemic-vietnam-chooses-slow-but-sure-way-744345.html

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National population database project to be implemented on July 1

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The project on building a national database on population and production, and issuing and managing citizen identification has been basically completed.

National population database project to be implemented on July 1

Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc at the conference

The shifting from the management mode of paper household residence registration books to personal identification numbers will be implemented soon.

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on June 22 organized a conference reviewing the national population and production database project and citizen identity card issuance.

Thr ministry organized a ceremony on announcing the official running of the system, commencing from July 1.

PM Pham Minh Chinh and leaders of ministries attended the ceremony.

According to Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, the two projects were approved by the PM in 2020. Though they were independent projects, the Ministry of Public Security decided to integrate them to help cut costs. The projects cost VND1 trillion lower than the estimates.

Ngoc named four outstanding achievements of the projects.

First, completed the building of a national database center in population and production system, and the issuance and management of citizen ID cards.

The ministry instructed the contractors to design in a way that is ‘modern, synchronous, high security and not wasteful’. They were implemented with the support of MIC to ensure the meeting of the requirements, with the information security meeting the fourth level as stipulated by the Decree 85.

Second, MPS has completed the collection and addition of population information across the country, “cleaned” the data, synchronized it into the system and issued identification codes to citizens nationwide.

To date, information about 98 million individuals has been collected . Identification codes were granted to citizens on June 18. This is an important basis for establishing electronic identity of citizens, contributing to national digital transformation.

Third, the designing and production of new citizen ID cards with electronic chips have been completed. From March 1 to now, 54 million dossiers for application for citizen ID card granting have been submitted, one month earlier than planned.

However, Ngoc said the printing and delivering of citizen ID cards are still slow because of the lack of materials and electronic chips caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fourth, MPS has successfully carried out the trial connection of the national database in population with ministries, branches and local authorities.

MPS has conducted a test run of connecting and integrating services shared with the Ministry of Infomation and Communications (MIC), Ministry of Finance  (MOF), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the people’s committees of Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Da Nang and Thua Thien-Hue; and has cooperated with the Government Office to trial the service connection on the national public service portal. 

Doan Bong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/national-population-database-project-to-be-implemented-on-july-1-748422.html

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

A man walks a bicycle past the Saigon General Hospital in HCMC’s District, June 22, 2021. The hospital is currently locked down as linked to at least five Covid-19 cases. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.


Many new Covid-19 cases detected in HCMC recently are of people visiting hospitals seeking treatment for other health problems, meaning their transmission sources are unclear.

The number of daily cases in HCMC has kept passing the 130 mark for over a week now, making up the highest number of cases reported nationwide.

Part of the cases are related to clusters the city has identified, but more than a few have only been detected after patients visited local hospitals for health examinations and a screening step later revealed they’d contracted the new coronavirus.

Over the past two weeks, the city has been detecting new infections without clear sources of transmission every day.

It means the virus has spread quietly in the community, according to the city’s Center for Disease Control.

On Wednesday morning, of 51 cases confirmed in HCMC, 10 were detected after visiting local hospitals for their medical checkups. They are residents of districts of 8, 10, 4 and Thu Duc City.

On Tuesday, as the city recorded 136 patients, nine were found in similar circumstances, having come on their own for health checks to local hospitals.

The ratio was 137:19 last Sunday, 135:20 last Saturday and 149:13 last Friday.

So far in the new wave that broke out two months ago, many healthcare facilities in the city have had to suspend operations or placed under lockdown after finding patients with Covid-19.

Most recently, the Saigon General Hospital on Le Loi Street of District 1 was locked down starting Tuesday after it received five different patients who were confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus later.

Truong Huu Khanh, consultant at the infectious diseases department at HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1, said the continuous detection of new cases through spontaneous medical examinations at hospitals shows that the anti-Covid-19 strategy adopted so far, which is locating, isolating and conducting mass testing in affected areas, is not enough.

He proposed an adjustment that allows local people to get the coronavirus test as soon as they wish, such as at medical centers in the ward and district where they live, instead of going all the way to some big hospitals and getting the test via their regular screening step.

With more hospitals detecting infections in the new outbreak, many people are now hesitant to visit hospitals and therefore, by the time they develop Covid-19 symptoms and seek medical checks, it is already too late for effective contact tracing.

“If the process of tracking down the source of transmissions and all those who have come into contact with a Covid-19 patient begins only after the latter is found positive, it will not be possible to deal with the outbreak thoroughly,” Khanh said.

HCMC is facing its most challenging disease outbreak ever.

Last Sunday, the southern metropolis overtook the northern province of Bac Ninh as the locality with the second highest number of local infections in the new wave. Its case count hit 2,074 Wednesday night.

The city is going through its fourth week of social distancing restrictions, which started May 31.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/transmission-sources-unknown-for-many-hcmc-covid-19-patients-4297085.html

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Vietnam has 85 new Covid-19 cases

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Medical workers conduct Covid-19 tests. The Ministry of Health this evening, June 23 reported 85 fresh Covid-19 cases, including three imported cases in Tay Ninh and Kien Giang and 82 domestic ones – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, June 23 reported 85 fresh Covid-19 cases, including three imported cases in Tay Ninh and Kien Giang and 82 domestic ones, taking the country’s tally to 13,947.

Among the latest locally-infected cases, HCMC accounted for the most, 61, followed by Danang City with six, Nghe An with five, Bac Ninh with four, Long An with three, Kien Giang with two and Bac Giang with one.

Since the fourth wave of the coronavirus, which began on April 27, the country has reported 10,657 domestic cases, with 2,910 patients having recovered from the disease.

In another development, the Tien Giang Center for Disease Control this afternoon reported six suspected Covid-19 cases in Tan Thanh Commune in Cai Be District, with five of them linked to a Covid-19 patient in Vinh Long Province.

The remaining one case, a 23-year-old man, returned to the province from HCMC. He tested positive for the virus on June 22.

After detecting the cases, Tan Thanh Market was put under lockdown and all people related to the market had their samples taken for testing, the local media reported.

During the latest fourth wave of the coronavirus, the province has confirmed 50 domestic Covid-19 cases and seen seven infection clusters in Cai Be District, Cai Lay Town, Cho Gao District and My Tho City.

Cai Lay Town and Cai Be District are practicing social distancing in line with the Prime Minister’s Directive 16.

Besides, the Khanh Hoa Center for Disease Control has announced that a 53-year-old woman tested positive for the virus, the province’s first Covid-19 infection in the latest wave of the coronavirus.

The woman, who lives in Phu Yen Province’s Tuy Hoa City, traveled to Khanh Hoa with her four family members on their private car at 10.00 a.m. June 22.

Between 12.36 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the same day, she visited Military Hospital 87 for a medical checkup and then returned to her residence at 30 Buu Doa Street in Phuoc Long Ward, Nha Trang City.

After her positive test result came out this morning, she was quarantined at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases. As many as 19 people had close contact with the woman.

In related news, the HCMC government has allowed 400 taxis to resume operations to transport residents to hospitals or healthcare centers during the ongoing social distancing period in the city, following the proposal from the municipal Department of Transport.

Under the decision, 200 taxis operated by Anh Duong Vietnam JSC (Vinasun) and 200 others operated by Mai Linh Group are allowed to offer their services during the period.

The Transport Department ordered the suspension of public passenger vehicles starting from June 20 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after the city implemented the municipal government’s Directive 10 on intensifying anti-virus measures citywide.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82731/vietnam-has-85-new-covid-19-cases.html

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