Vietnam PM urges tackling difficulties for Covid-19 hotspots Bac Giang, Bac Ninh; virus cases keep climbing

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visits Bac Giang Province on Saturday to guide Covid-19 prevention and control work. - Vietnam News/ANN

BAC GIANG, May 30 (Vietnam News/ANN): Prime Minister Pham Minh Chính has asked ministries and agencies to tackle difficulties in the two neighbouring northern provinces of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh, considered hotspots in Vietnam's fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, in the fight against the outbreaks.

He urged the Bac Giang to avoid saying they lack money, human resources and policies and mechanisms.

During a meeting with local authorities on Saturday, PM Chinh called for the protection of people’s health and lives to be the main concerns.

Assigning Deputy Prime Minister La Van Thanh to directly take charge of fighting the pandemic and restoring production and business in the province, the PM requested continuing to enhance the management of all workforce there.

The Health Ministry was asked to send more medical students to Bac Giang tif necessary while the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs must immediately offer support to workers and residents hit by the pandemic.

The Ministry of Information and Communications was required to adopt modern technology to manage labourers, especially workers.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Dương Van Thai said as of May 29 morning, three clusters were found with 2,025 infection cases, including one death.

The province already evacuated 3,000 out of 7,100 people out of concentrated quarantine facilities to prevent local infections.

In the immediate future, the provincial authorities will also create conditions for 34 firms at the least risk, several others at low and medium risks in the global manufacturing chain to resume operations.

Meanwhile, Vietnam reported 199 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 cases on Sunday evening, including 198 locally transmitted and one imported, raising the total tally to 7,107, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the community cases, 99 were detected in the northern epidemic hotspot Bac Giang province, 37 in the neighboring Bac Ninh province, 49 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, and 20 in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Most of the cases were contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

Amid the rising number of infections, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City have decided to impose social distancing rules in the city for 15 days starting from Monday. Gatherings of more than five people will be banned citywide while all non-essential events will be suspended.

Stricter measures are to be adopted in the city's areas with high infection risks, including Go Vap district and District 12's Thanh Loc Ward. In those areas, gatherings of more than two people in public are not allowed and people can only leave home for emergencies or working in businesses that provide essential goods and services.

Nationwide, as many as 2,950 patients have so far recovered from the coronavirus epidemic, up 54 from Saturday.

As of Sunday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 5,604 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 4,034 detected since the start of the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in late April, according to the health ministry. - Vietnam News/ANN

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