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German press: Vietnam should be taken as model in COVID-19 fight

17:08 | 08/10/2020

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said Vietnam should be taken as a model in the fight against COVID-19.

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has lauded Vietnam’s achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: VNA

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a German newspaper, has praised Vietnam’s achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the country should be taken as a model in the combat.

The article, published on October 6, said Vietnam has acted as a positive role model in containig and preventing the novel virus while analysing anti-pandemic models in developed and developing countries.

Creativeness and effective preventive measures, not wealth or higher education ground, play the decisive role in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, it said, noting while the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in most of European countries, Vietnam, Mongolia and Thailand virtually wipe out the virus.

german press vietnam should be taken as model in covid 19 fight
A medic takes swab sample of a man for the new coronavirus test at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo: VnExpress

The pooled testing initiative really works for countries which have small capacity in testing, it said.

Germany, which has announced nearly 10,000 deaths associated with COVID-19 should learn experience from Vietnam – a country with a population of some 100 million people that has seen only 35 fatalities.

In another writing, the FAZ underscored border closure and social distancing measures have helped Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore successfully control the pandemic.

However, the measures also have adverse impact on the regional economy. This is the first time in decades, the poverty rate in the region increased significantly, and the World Banks forecast 38 million people in East Asia could fall into poverty this year./.

Vietnam reported no new COVID-19 cases in the morning of October 8, marking the 36th straight day without community transmission of the coronavirus in the country, according to the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The national count remains at 1,099, including 408 imported cases that were quarantined upon arrival and 691 locally transmitted cases.

All hotbeds in the country have been brought under control, the committee said.

As many as 1,023 patients have recovered while most of the 35 related deaths were elderly people with serious underlying health conditions.

Among the active patients, five have tested negative once for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, eight twice, and five thrice. There are no patients in critical conditions.

There are 14,250 people who had close contact with confirmed cases or came from pandemic-hit areas under health monitoring nationwide.

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