VGP – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked for the
highest focus on early detection of cases suspected of having novel coronavirus
in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus into Viet Nam, while
presiding over a meeting on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presides over a meeting
on Sunday on prevention and control of novel coronavirus in Ha Noi on January
26, 2020. Photo: VGP
This is the 3rd meeting on prevention and control of the
novel coronavirus that Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has chaired over the
last four days.
Healthcare officials said there have been 35 cases
suspected of having novel coronavirus in Viet Nam and they are being isolated,
monitored and tested.
No new suspected cases have been reported, added the
healthcare officials at the Sunday meeting.
Earlier on Thursday, Viet Nam confirmed first two cases
of coronavirus pneumonia infection. The two Chinese patients, who are father and
son, are being quarantined at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The son is
getting better and can be dehospitalized while the father is getting better
Over the past few days, the Southeast Asian country has
deployed a series of strict preventive measures, including compulsory health
declarations at all international ports since January 25.
The country’s healthcare system has stepped up
supervision over passengers from China, monitored suspected cases at healthcare
facilities, and strengthened information dissemination.
According to Deputy PM Dam, Viet Nam has taken more
drastic measures right from the beginning compared to other countries in Asia.
He said the Government and the Prime Minister have
especially paid great attention to the epidemics, regularly updated the
situation, and tasked inferior levels to demonstrate the highest focus on
preventing the spread of the novel virus.
China has reported 1,975 confirmed cases of pneumonia
caused by the coronavirus, including 324 in critical conditions and the death
toll rose to 56, according to Chinese national news agency Xinhua.
China is beefing up nationwide action to contain the new
pneumonia epidemic as 30 provincial-level regions reporting cases of novel
coronavirus had all activated first-level public health emergency response
mechanism as of Saturday, Xinhua reported Sunday./.