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Deputy PM urges public to strictly follow 5K message

Rosemary Nguyen Rosemary Nguyen

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May 11, 2021 | 08:52

Vietnam will not complete mass vaccinations by the year’s end, so it is necessary to strictly follow the 5K message, especially mask wearing said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at a meeting of the National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Monday.

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Deputy PM urges public to strictly follow 5K message
“Our Covid-19 strategy remains unchanged,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Photo VGP

The 5K message comprises khau trang (face masks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distancing), khong tu tap (no gatherings), and khai bao y te (health declarations).

“Once people are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they must strictly abide by the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 rules, including donning face masks, avoiding large gatherings and keeping a safe distance when going out,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Dam, head of the committee, urged localities that are yet to report any COVID-19 cases to remain vigilant and maintain close supervision.

Dam called on people to raise their sense of responsibility in the pandemic fight, for the sake of the country and the community, VNA reported.

“Our Covid-19 strategy remains unchanged,” said Dam, referring to drastic measures in place, including swift contact tracing, early detection, isolation and testing.

Swift tracing contact, early detection, isolation and testing have proved effective in Vietnam. Photo VOV
Swift tracing contact, early detection, isolation and testing have proved effective in Vietnam. Photo VOV

“It is also imperative to tighten border control, and effectively manage people in quarantine facilities and those under self-isolation at home in order to stop the source of infection,” said Dam.

He pointed to the fact that the virus is more transmissible in closed areas such as bars or massage parlors, that requires localities to effectively control these non-essential services.

He reminded localities to stay calm and take necessary measures so that they do not cause any chaos and negatively affect business operations as well as people’s life.

“No country is safe when the world is unsafe. No Vietnamese is safe when the whole country is unsafe. Each individual must take responsibility first for himself and his relatives and then for the country and the community,” he stressed.

Deputy PM urges public to strictly follow 5K message
People are asked to sanitize hands as a way to prevent coronavirus transmission. Photo VNA

Associate Professor Dr Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, pointed out four current major pandemic clusters in the country - central Da Nang city, northern Yen Bai province, and the K Hospital and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, both in Hanoi, plus a new hotspot in the northern province of Hai Duong.

Better implementing the 5K message will help disrupt the ongoing infection chain in the community, he said./.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 26 cities and provinces, with cases of local transmission standing at 486 as of Tuesday morning.

Experts said this fourth wave of COVID-19, which has hit the country since April 27, is more complex than previous waves due to new coronavirus variants, most notably the one believed to be behind the devastating surge in cases in India.

It has spread simultaneously to many localities and medical facilities, the minister said, stressing the need to view testing as a key, urgent task at this time.

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