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As of September 14, Vietnam had gone 12 successive days without COVID-19 infections in the community, while affected localities returned to a normal situation as the pandemic was under control.  

Appreciating the efforts of ministries, the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, and localities, in synchronously and effectively carrying out preventive measures, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that so far, with a population of nearly 100 million people, and an expense of nearly USD400 million for fighting COVID-19, Vietnam had been assessed to not only efficiently fight the pandemic but also to be one of the countries preventing the pandemic most economically. 

Noting that there remained high risks of a recurrence of the pandemic in the community, especially when Vietnam re-opens in the near future, the Government’s and PM’s direction is to both drastically fight the pandemic and ensure economic development. 

As the pandemic comes under control, the inevitable requirement is to reopen socio-economic activities, firstly commercial flights to welcome foreign experts and investors and increase exchange activities to benefit the country, along with the other political, economic, cultural and social events. However, the opening contains potential risks of pandemic transmission, especially as the pandemic continues complex development around the world.

To deal with the risks, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed a series of specific solutions, urging each agency, business, collective and individual to both boost socio-economic development and prevent the pandemic. 

“Applying preventive measures must ensure favourable conditions for production and business activities, as well as people’s lives,” he said in conclusion. “In terms of opening international commercial flights, specific, strict and safe solutions must be worked out for each flight; while isolation areas must be prepared for at least 10,000 people or more.”

The PM stressed the goal of obtaining the highest economic growth rate possible for regaining stronger impetus for 2021./.

Compiled by BTA