Facing the complicated situation of COVID-19 epidemic in countries surrounding Vietnam, the number of cases is increasing, the Minister of Health has instructed leading institutes to process the genetic sequencing of those who enter Vietnam. recently entered Vietnam to evaluate, have appropriate epidemic control measures.
Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City conducted genetic sequencing of entry cases from Cambodia to Vietnam showed that: 85.7% of the sample of people returning from Cambodia carried variant B1.1.7 (variant detected in the UK) and 14.3% carry variant B.1.351 (variant discovered in South Africa).
The risk of strains entering the community is very great
Talking to the press about the prevention of the epidemic COVID-19, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said: We are very worried about the risk of an outbreak in the Southwestern region. Therefore, the Ministry of Health has set up 5 missions led by the Minister and 4 Deputy Ministers to all provinces / cities in the region to review all issues related to COVID-19 response in each locality.
The Ministry of Health has prepared scenarios if there is a community infection in this area; there are cases of infection in the community we don’t know about; There is a strong infection in the community. We review all these scenarios, reevaluate and recommend the localities to adjust during the inspection process.
According to Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, a very worrying point is the risk that the dual strains of SARS-CoV-2 in India or the British variant in Cambodia will enter our country without our knowledge. Hence, community infection can happen and be at great risk. From a small outbreak to a large outbreak.
The Ministry of Health is very drastic in directing this area to control and control when an epidemic occurs, not panic, confused or subjective, neglect in epidemic prevention.
Recently, the National Steering Committee has met with the southwestern provinces and the provinces bordering Cambodia to strengthen prevention measures in the region.
The COVID-19 cases imported from Cambodia all carry variations.
Nearly 200,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19
Regarding the epidemic prevention and control situation, the Ministry of Health said that up to 4:00 p.m. on April 24, a total of COVID-19 vaccination phases 1 and 2 were carried out in the provinces / cities for 198,972 employees. Medical staff are directly treating COVID-19 patients, medical staff perform tasks such as sampling, testing, tracing, members of community COVID-19 groups, Steering Committee epidemic prevention at all levels, police forces, army.
Details of 22,935 people injected at 28 provinces / cities and medical facilities of the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Defense on April 24 are as follows:
Stage 1: Quang Ninh: 4 people; Hung Yen: 60 people; Ministry of Public Security: 1,421 people
Phase 2: Hanoi: 3,210 people; Hai Phong: 204 people; Bac Giang: 431 people; Bac Ninh: 2,124 people; Phu Tho: 974 people; Hai Duong: 1,518 people; Hung Yen: 459 people; Thai Nguyen: 178 people; Bac Can: 369 people; Quang Ninh: 533 people; Nghe An: 2,370 people; Ha Tinh: 1,503 people; Lai Chau: 322 people; Cao Bang: 515 people; Lao Cai: 721 people; Thua Thien – Hue: 230 people; Binh Dinh: 271 people; Phu Yen: 624 people; Khanh Hoa: 503 people; Kon Tum: 174 people; Gia Lai: 524 people; Dak Lak: 214 people; TP. Ho Chi Minh City: 1,875 people; Dong Nai: 226 people; Can Tho: 495 people; Vinh Long: 584 people and Bac Lieu: 299 people.