Many southern localities propose extending social distancing for one, two weeks hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Many southern localities have proposed the Prime Minister allow an extension of the imposition of social distancing under the PM's Directive 16 for one or two weeks to better curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting on July 28 with Deputy Prime Minister and head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Vu Duc Dam, representatives from southern localities also suggested the central level provide medical support to improve the quarantine and treatment capacity when a large number of people return home from pandemic-hit areas.

Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong, Deputy Defence Minister and head of the Government’s Special Working Group, said that the implementation of social distancing regulations in some localities has not been strict enough, with the movement of people, especially from dusk till dawn, not been monitored effectively.

Deputy PM Dam said that the pandemic has spread widely, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, parts of Long An, Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces.

Recently, the ministries, sectors and the Government’s special working group visited Ho Chi Minh City and agreed on a pandemic prevention adjustment plan to suit the new situation in the southern economic hub in order to achieve the goal of reducing the numbers of positive patients, those with critical conditions, and fatalities.

To that end, it is necessary to synchronise, maximise the use of treatment facilities at different levels, and focus all resources on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic, stated Dam.

Requiring the stricter implementation of Directive 16, the Deputy PM also stressed the importance of ensuring the circulation of essential goods to serve locals.

He also asked ministries, sectors and localities to coordinate closely in the repatriation of people from pandemic-hit areas to ensure absolute safety./.