PORTAL - On the afternoon of February 8, in Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presided over the Permanent Government's meeting with the National Steering Committee for Disease Prevention and Control Covid-19.
At Binh Duong broadcast station, there were Mr. Nguyen Loc Ha - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee; Mr. Nguyen Hong Chuong - Director of Department of Health and members of Steering Committees of provinces, districts, towns and cities attending the meeting.
Delegates attend the meeting at Binh Duong broadcast station
According to a report by the Ministry of Health, from January 25, 2021 to now, Vietnam has recorded 451 cases of Covid-19 in the community in 12 provinces and cities. On February 8, 2021, 5 new cases were recorded, in Hanoi (2), Quang Ninh (3) were all related to an outbreak at POYUN Company (Chi Linh, Hai Duong), Van Don airport (Quang Ninh) and 28 cases Ho Chi Minh City related to an outbreak discovered at the cargo handling area, Tan Son Nhat airport.
For the outbreak at Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh City tested all 7,300 airport staff and detected the first BN1979 and 04 positive cases (BN2002-2005) were recorded on the morning of February 8, 2021. Continue to investigate and expand the close contact cases and identify the source of infection, 24 new positive cases are recorded, most likely to have spread in the community before.
Up to now, the epidemic has been gradually controlled in 2 epidemic outbreak areas, namely Quang Ninh, Hai Duong and most of provinces and cities. In the last 4 days, it has been recorded that the number of new cases tends to decrease; most of cases are in concentrated isolation. Besides two provinces (Hai Duong, Quang Ninh), new cases are still reported daily which are concentrated isolated cases, and Hoa Binh, Hai Phong, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh in the past 1 week have not recorded new cases; Dien Bien, Ha Giang have not recorded any new cases since February 5, 2021 up to now. Hanoi, Binh Duong, Gia Lai are implementing tracing, thoroughly localizing and still recording scattered new cases. However, according to the Ministry of Health, the risk of epidemic spread is still very high, especially in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City when sources of infection in the community are still undetected, especially an outbreak detected in the cargo handling area of Tan Son Nhat airport.
Delivering a speech to conclude the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed a number of localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Binh Duong and Gia Lai to prepare possible scenarios, in which Ho Chi Minh City which has many infection places not only advocate for strict implementation of 5K but also require strict handling of violations.
The Prime Minister agreed with the proposal of Ministry of Health to allow Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to have social distancing in some areas. The Prime Minister also praised localities for having powerful, total, drastic, creative and synchronous solutions to implement the Prime Minister's instructions on epidemic prevention and control, so that the epidemic places have been basically controlled although there are spread out to several cities. The Prime Minister especially appreciated the speedy traceability and extensive testing.
According to the Prime Minister, the infection phenomenon in Ho Chi Minh City is taking place; it is likely to spread, especially in the coming days. The situation was very bad. Therefore, the Prime Minister asked the whole health system, the political system with leadership at party committee level and local authorities to take a drastic action.
In particular, the Prime Minister urged people to response the implementation of policy "5K: Face Masks - Disinfection - Distance - Not Gathering - Medical Declaration" of the health sector. First of all, it is necessary to apply the measure of wearing masks to all people, localities, especially big cities with large crowds. Other provinces mobilized people to continue wearing masks, avoiding crowds. Participation in festivals, celebrations, funerals, and religious festivals should be limited.
The Prime Minister also appreciated some localities to stop the fireworks on occasion of Lunar New Year, mobilize employees, workers, factory owners to organize production, have living activities on the spot, limit infection and minimize travelling during Tet to prevent and fight against epidemics.