Vietnam is adjusting its COVID-19-controlling target from controlling infections to controlling only severe cases and deaths as it moves to remove the disease from its “particularly dangerous” list.
The approach is specified in a government resolution issued Thursday on the prevention and control of COVID-19 in 2022 and 2023, local media reported.
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Vietnam’s overarching goal during the period is to ensure effective disease control, protect people’s lives and health, minimize the number of serious illnesses and deaths from diseases, and enable economic recovery and development, it said. document.
According to the report, the death toll in Vietnam has fallen in recent months thanks to high vaccination coverage. In the past week, while new infections rose 16 percent to an average of more than 171,400 cases a day, the number of fatalities fell 14 percent to 75 cases, according to health ministry data. As of Thursday, more than 201 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to a population of about 98 million.
Based on the real situation, the country will consider deleting COVID-19 as a class A infectious disease, the list of diseases classified as “particularly dangerous”, and seeing it as just a “dangerous” infectious disease.
Under Vietnamese regulations, Class A infectious diseases include those with high rates of infection and death, such as polio, influenza A-H5N1, plague, Ebola, Lassa, and Marburg hemorrhagic fever, West Nile fever, yellow fever, and cholera.
In April 2020, the Vietnamese government declared COVID-19 a national epidemic and labeled it a Class A infectious disease, according to the news agency.
Vietnam has fully reopened its borders to international tourists since March 15, foreigners can now enter Vietnam by air, land and sea through all border gates as long as they comply with COVID-19 prevention and control requirements.