On the afternoon of October 24, the Ministry of Health held an online conference with 63 provinces and cities to review and evaluate the 10-day implementation of Resolution 128/NQ-CP of the Government promulgating the temporary regulation “Adapting Safe, flexible, epidemic control Covid-19.
Commenting on the current epidemic situation, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the epidemic situation has been basically controlled in key areas such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Long An, Dong Nai and some other areas. other local.
However, after easing the distance, the number of people traveling from epidemic areas to localities was very high and outbreaks appeared, the source of infection was mainly from people returning from epidemic areas.
Provinces such as Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh or some localities in the Southwest region have recorded many cases related to people returning from epidemic areas.
The Minister of Health stated: “We have asked localities to strengthen surveillance and implement epidemic prevention and control measures for these cases. People returning from epidemic areas are eligible for health monitoring. stay healthy at home, but that doesn’t mean “relaxed”, but must rely on the community Covid team to regularly check and monitor”.
According to the Minister of Health, it is necessary to review and control people returning from 4 areas in Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Binh Duong and Dong Nai, promptly detect and conduct testing and isolation according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health. .
The report of the Ministry of Health also said that after 10 days of implementing Resolution 128 and Decision 4800, localities basically responded and flexibly implemented according to the actual spirit of the locality. However, there are still a few places of rigid application.
Minister Nguyen Thanh Long emphasized that one of the criteria for classifying the level of the epidemic is the coverage of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In October, coverage of nose 2 for people over 65 years old is at least 80%; in November reached the same level of coverage for people over 50 years of age. There are localities that do well, but there are localities that have not achieved the desired injection speed.
The Minister of Health suggested that localities that have been allocated vaccines must speed up vaccination in parallel with updating injector information on the vaccination platform.
Assessing the level of the epidemic, the Minister of Health emphasized in Resolution 128 and Decision 4800 that the assessment of the epidemic level should be carried out at commune/ward scale to minimize the impact of the epidemic on economic development. society. Therefore, localities need to follow the instructions.
Regarding the circulation, transportation of goods and people’s movement, all levels of epidemic are implemented… but must ensure compliance with 5K and epidemic prevention measures.
“Localities need to pay attention in testing to note that sample aggregation, including PCR, can include up to 20 samples. We follow the instructions strictly to reduce testing costs” – said the Minister of Health.
Regarding isolation and blockade, Minister Nguyen Thanh Long noted that localities need to blockade and isolate as small as possible: only a few houses in an alley or a small area in a commune or ward. In a confined, small isolation area, multiple repeat tests are required.
“Determine the smallest area to stamp out the epidemic and not affect people’s lives and socio-economic development and do not waste resources to fight the epidemic” – the Minister of Health suggested.