Vietnam has gone five days in a row without new Covid-19 patients and 21 days straight without any infections caused by community transmission.
By Thursday morning, the nation’s Covid-19 tally is kept at 271 since Sunday evening. Of them, 232 have recovered and been discharged and 39 still under treatment.
Of the active patients, 16 have tested negative once and six twice.
The number of people under quarantine has dropped to nearly 21,000, 245 of them in hospitals specialized for Covid-19 treatment, more than 6,000 in isolation camps and the rest at home.
Starting Thursday, Vietnam lifts all social distancing restrictions on transport services including bus, taxi, aircraft and train. But all passengers are still requested to wear face masks.
On Wednesday, the Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 spearheaded by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested the government gives the green light for non-essential businesses and services, except bar and karaoke, to resume operation.
The committee concludes that for now, what needs to be done most is to tighten control on all arrivals from abroad, given that the condition inside Vietnam has been “stable.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has spread to 212 countries and territories, and reported deaths have reached more than 264,100.
Featured image: People wear protective masks to protect themselves against coronavirus while driving along Long Bien bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kham
Reporting by Le Nga @ VNExpress