German Journalist Hails Successful Vietnamese Fight Against COVID-19
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The nation’s drastic measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including implementing quarantine and contact tracing, have helped it overcome the third wave of outbreaks in under two months, writes German journalist Johannes Giesler in an article published on Yahoo Nachrichten.
The author explained that to date, the country has only recorded approximately 2,500 infections and 35 deaths. He added that in order to achieve these positive figures, the nation has implemented a zero COVID-19 strategy that aims to eradicate the pandemic rather than simply containing it.
"Anyone looking for positive news in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic during this time could therefore look to Vietnam. Vietnam managed to leave the third wave behind in less than two months," the author wrote. "Vietnam did this successfully after the second wave last year and was able to react much faster and more efficiently to the third wave at the end of January."
As a means of reducing the number of infections, the country imposed strict restrictions for several weeks without any exceptions. As a result, once local life returned to normal it became far easier to carry out contact tracing, he added.
The article notes that Vietnamese success in repelling the second wave and third wave of outbreaks, which began at the end of January, can be put down to swift reactions which were effectively implemented, according to VOV.
Giesler also cites a study done by Oxford University which attributes the nation’s success to having a strong health sector, a decisive Government, and an active prevention strategy. This plan is based on large-scale COVID-19 testing coupled with strict quarantine and contact tracing measures.
The article pointed out that the Vietnamese Governments can quickly pass anti-epidemic decisions in just a few days, while in other countries it can take weeks. Its initial measures, such as wearing a mask in public, adjusting social life, and restricting mobility were even in place before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the nation. Not long after that, Vietnam closed schools, restricted entry from China and the Schengen region, and canceled a series of major events. Such early and drastic decisions were made when Vietnam recorded only five cases, it stressed.
In addition, Vietnamese people have been well aware of the importance of sanitary and epidemiological measures, while the country has the infrastructure available for bulk isolation. As of the end of last year, 10.2 million people in Vietnam had practiced quarantine, of which about 50 percent did it in public facilities, VNA cited.
According to the author, in Vietnam, there were hardly any debates about herd immunity, rallies where people did not wear masks and kept a minimal distance, or doubts about the effectiveness of vaccination or sanitary and epidemiological measures.
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