Dak Lak province boosts COVID-19 communications among ethnic minorities hinh anh 1A medical worker collects samples for COVID-19 testing in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province (Photo: VNA)
Dak Lak (VNA) – The administration of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has ordered relevant agencies to boost communication activities to raise ethnic minority people's awareness about COVID-19, amidst a surge in infections among ethnic minority communities.

As of 4pm on November 11, the province had recorded 5,773 cases of COVID-19 in the fourth wave of outbreaks that began in Vietnam in late April. Notably, a number of clusters have been reported in ethnic minority areas.

The provincial People’s Committee on November 10 ordered district-level authorities to popularise anti-pandemic measures, especially in ethnic minority languages, while quickly implementing support policies for labourers and employers affected by the pandemic, thus ensuring social security in ethnic minority areas.

Local authorities are also asked to work closely with border guards, police, and other forces in border regions to protect “green zones”.

Dak Lak is home to 49 ethnic groups, with Kinh people accounting for 64.3 percent of the population and ethnic minority groups 35.7 percent, according to the 2019 population census.

As of early November, about 64 percent of the over 1.36 million people aged 18 and above in Dak Lak had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, and 9.4 percent the second shot, according to Director of the provincial Health Department Nay Phi La.

In Vietnam, the infection tally exceeded 1 million on November 11 to reach 1,000,897. The country had injected over 95.57 million doses of vaccines, with more than 32.07 million people fully inoculated by November 10./.