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The number of cases has decreased sharply, how does Vietnam respond to the Covid-19 epidemic?

3 translation indicators Covid-19 are deeply reduced

Number of cases Covid-19 There were more than 24,600 new cases on April 13, and the number of deaths was down to 20. According to the Ministry of Health, the average number of cases Covid-19 New infections in the country recorded in the past 7 days: 31,181 cases/day. While nearly a month ago (March 16), at one time, Vietnam recorded more than 180,000 cases/day.

Translation “hot spots” Covid-19 In the North recently, such as Hanoi, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Nghe An… the number of cases decreased sharply, Hanoi was below 2,000 cases/day while a month ago, there was a time when Hanoi had the number of cases. Covid-19 More than 30,000 new cases per day.

Worth mentioning, the number of cases Covid-19 The number of deaths recorded in the past 7 days was only 24 cases and scattered in many states. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have not recorded or only one case in a few days Covid-19 deaths, mainly the elderly, people with serious diseases, people with many chronic diseases who have not been vaccinated or vaccinated Covid-19 full.

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Currently, there are only more than 1,200 patients left Covid-19 heavy. (Treating severe Covid-19 patients at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases (BVCC PHOTO)

Currently, statistics from the Ministry of Health show that the number of serious patients being treated is more than 1,200. The number of such critically ill patients has decreased by about 70% compared to the same period of the peak in March.

On April 13, preschool students, the last class of students in Hanoi, were also allowed to go to the school. Before that, elementary, middle, high school and university students were all “liberated” across the country.
Tourism and travel activities have all been reopened normally with the maximum possible 5K epidemic prevention recommendations.
In addition, Vietnam is also preparing for the 31st SEA Games, which will officially take place in 12 days, from May 12 to 23 with 40 sports, thousands of athletes from Southeast Asian countries as well as Southeast Asian countries. international tourists to attend.

Thus, it can be said that Vietnam is almost completely “normal” with the Covid-19 epidemic.

2 scenarios to cope with the Covid-19 epidemic in Vietnam

Sharing about the response to the Covid-19 epidemic in the current situation, Prof. Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health), said that recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) ) gave scenarios for the possible evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Scenario one: The Omicron variant is common in the community and will gradually decrease in virulence. In addition, with immunity available from vaccination against Covid-19 and disease, the number of severe cases and deaths will decrease. This is the scenario that is more likely to happen

“With this scenario, we move to a new normal, ie bringing Covid-19 into an endemic disease. Social activities can return to normal.

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Parents and preschool children in Hanoi are excited to be back to school starting April 13. Photo: Gia Khiem

However, every individual in society knows their risks and if they take good measures to prevent the epidemic, life will return to normal. We mainly focus on high-risk subjects (elderly people, people with underlying medical conditions…)”, said Prof. Lan.

Second scenario: To date, understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still incomplete. When there is a lot of exchange, the continuous appearance of new variations is still possible.

These strains can form from the interaction between existing variants or newer strains. When a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 appears, it will reduce the protective effect of the vaccine, possibly making it more contagious and increasing the risk of severe disease.

According to GS Lan, with this second scenario, Vietnam will redeploy urgent epidemic prevention measures as it has done before.

“Although at this time, we already have many ‘weapons’ against Covid-19 such as vaccines, therapeutic drugs, treatment experience and epidemic prevention measures, however, the health sector must regularly update Moreover, including treatment drugs and especially vaccine technology to promptly respond to the changes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus”, Prof Lan said.

Professor Lan affirmed that in the coming time, Vietnam will develop two scenarios in parallel: One is when Covid-19 becomes a circulating disease, the new normal; The second is to always have a backup for scenarios when new situations and serious new strains appear so as not to be passive.

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Vaccination against Covid-19 is still an effective measure against the current Covid-19 epidemic (Injecting Covid-19 vaccine at Viet Duc Hospital. Photo BVCC)

“Covering” the Covid-19 vaccine is an important task in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic

The Covid-19 vaccine has brought about remarkable changes in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic with the number of Covid-19 cases with severe symptoms decreasing, the number of deaths dropping sharply.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health determined that giving people a Covid-19 vaccine is still an important task in the immediate future to fight Covid-19.

Specifically, strengthen communication and deploy the 3rd injection for people aged 18 years and over, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, people with disabilities, pregnant women, people with disabilities. Helpless, orphans, ethnic minorities, migrant workers in urban areas… are guaranteed access to health services…

At the same time, in the next week (from April 18), there will be a campaign to vaccinate children from 5 to under 12 years of age across the country with a Covid-19 vaccine campaign. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Thi Hong – Deputy Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that the vaccine will first be given to 6th grade children, then will be given to younger children.

Prof. Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health), said that according to a survey of 63 provinces and cities, it is estimated that about 11.8 million children from 5 to under 12 years old need vaccination. Covid-19.

However, among them, it is estimated that 3.6 million children have contracted Covid-19 and 8.2 million children are not infected with Covid-19. Therefore, in the first round of vaccination, children who do not have Covid-19 will be vaccinated first and receive 2 doses.

“It is expected that in July-August, all children from 5 to under 12 years old who are eligible for vaccination will be vaccinated,” emphasized GS Lan.

It is not possible to be completely normal with Covid-19 yet

“Currently, we cannot consider Covid-19 as a normal disease because suspected people still have to be tested, people with Covid-19 still have to be isolated, the health sector still recommends people to do 5K. , we cannot return to normal life like when “no Covid-19”.

However, with the experience of effective disease treatment of the health industry, the people’s current knowledge of disease prevention and the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine, we will control the disease well while still ensuring the development of the disease. economic development and social security.

People who get the Covid-19 vaccine can still get Covid-19, people with Covid-19 can still get it again. Therefore, people must not be negligent and still need to be vigilant in monitoring the variants of SARS CoV-2.

At the same time, localities still have to be ready to respond to the epidemic in the context of a sudden increase in the number of cases or the virus is resistant to the vaccine.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Senior Advisor of the Center for Emergency Response to Public Health Events (Ministry of Health)

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