Vietnam PM pledges reform and development as country's Covid-19 cases continue to soar; 7,882 new cases on Monday (July 26)

Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh taking the oath of office on Monday (July 26, 2021) at the National Assembly Building in Hanoi. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, July 26 (Vietnam News/ANN): Pham Minh Chinh, 63, was re-elected as the Prime Minister of Vietnam for the next five years by the ongoing first session of the 15th-tenure National Assembly on Monday.

All 479 deputies present the plenary session (95.99 per cent of this tenure's total) cast their votes in favour of adopting the resolution on Chính's re-election for the 2021-26 term.

In his inauguration speech, Chính stressed the current priority goal of containing the coronavirus through national unity and a sense of civic duty and implementing the vaccine strategy, adding that the Party and State understood and sympathised with the people with regards to the mental and financial toll as a result lockdowns and quarantines.

He reiterated the pursuit of the double goals of pandemic control and socio-economic development, and pledged to continue to put forward mechanisms and policies to support the people and businesses affected by the pandemic.

The new Government leader also underlined the need to build a pure, strong, capable Party and leadership, reform State governance, and create an environment to encourage the people and businesses to contribute to national development and protection.

Chính said the new Government would continue to fully flesh out the parameters of the Socialist-oriented market economy, with first and foremost tasks being to eradicate policy and institution 'bottlenecks' and 'barriers' that hamper economic activities.

He added that this will be followed by restructuring the economy, enhancing resilience on the basis of self-reliance and internal strength, as well as bettering the investment and trade environment towards openness, convenience, transparency, and fairness for players from all economic sectors. - Vietnam News/ANN

Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded 7,882 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, including 7,859 locally transmitted and 23 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the total tally to 106,347 with 524 deaths, the ministry said.

Among the community transmissions, a majority of 5,997 cases were reported in the southern epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 733 in the nearby southern Binh Duong province, and 259 in the southern Dong Nai province.

As many as 21,344 virus patients have so far recovered, while over 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.

As of Monday, Vietnam has registered a total of 104,146 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 102,576 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, the ministry said. - Vietnam News/ANN

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