No plans to end pandemic: Move unlikely with varying virus situations in other countries

If the government declares the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, it will meet many difficulties in pandemic prevention and control and be hit by slower economic recovery, says the Health Ministry.

Under the latest draft plan on Covid-19 prevention and control in the new situation, the ministry said that the pandemic situation has basically been controlled nationwide.However, it said the pandemic situation is still complicated in many countries and is even increasing again in some.

The virus is also constantly recording new variants, which could potentially cause another wave of infections – beyond the health system’s capacity, it added.

Therefore, the ministry will not change the classification of Covid-19 disease from group A infectious disease to group B infectious disease, which is a less dangerous classification, at present.

It said pandemic prevention and control measures are flexible and gradually moving towards the “new normal”.

The ministry said if Covid-19 is moved to group B, the participation of authorities at all levels, organisations, businesses and people will not be given enough attention.

People will not be vigilant and will ignore the dangers of the virus, it said, adding that they will also not take proactive measures to prevent it. — Vietnam News/ANN

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