The Health Ministry confirmed 27 new community transmissions of Covid-19 on Saturday night (Jan 30) as the latest outbreak spreads to more localities, raising the infection tally to 207.
Heads of many Vietnam’s cities and provinces leaving National Congress of the Communist Party for pandemic battle in their localities
Heads of local governments are empowered to make decisions on Covid-19 fight.
Heads of many Vietnam’s cities and provinces have proposed the Presidium of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s 13th Congress to leave the ongoing sitting for pandemic battle in their localities, the Hanoi Times reported.
They have been allowed to go back their hometown from Hanoi to directly instruct the Covid-19 fight after the Ministry of Health reported additional many locally-transmitted cases, totaling 207 local infections within four days.
All the new cases are related to Hai Duong and Quang Ninh outbreaks that flared up on January 25, breaking Vietnam’s 55-day streak without community transmission.
Chairing a meeting today [January 29] at the venue of the 13th Congress, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Health to propose vaccine purchase plan in the first quarter this year. The purchase will be made by both the state budget and private sector.
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said Vietnam has licensed to import a British vaccine. The foreign company pledged to supply 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam.
Regarding measures for the fight, the PM said chairmen of the provincial people’s committees are empowered to make decisions on the Covid-19 fight, including preventive measures and medical equipment purchase in emergency cases.
Prime Minister Phuc requested quick response to the pandemic, including massive testing, aggressive contact tracing, lockdown, social distancing, and activating field hospitals.
The PM said Vietnam needs to make efforts to contain the virus ahead of Tet holiday (the Lunar New Year) which will start in 10 days, according to the Hanoi Times.