President works with leaders of HCM City hinh anh 1State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) addresses the working session (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working session with leaders of Ho Chi Minh City on July 30 as part of his visit to the current biggest COVID-19 hotspot.

At the session, the President underlined the most important targets of protecting people’s health and safety and minimising death toll.

It is crucial to mobilise all resources to complete these goals, while continue to applying the Prime Minister’s Directives No. 15 and 16 to curb the pandemic, he said.

He asked the city to withdraw lessons from the current implementation of Directive No.16 for better performance in the work, settling the situation in which a large number of local residents still travel in the streets despite the COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

He stressed that social distancing must be implemented in parallel with ensuring living conditions for people so as to enable them to strictly follow and implement pandemic control measures.

He clarified that the State and the Vietnam Fatherland Front as well as organisations and the political system at the grass-roots level and charity organisations must join hands together in the work. Meanwhile, HCM City should be more active in issuing travel cards to those who transport and deliver goods and medical supplies.

The State President stressed efforts to focus COVID-19 treatment and reduce the number of infections at the same time, thus minimising death toll. Social distancing measures must be put in top priority in efforts to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases, he stated.

Holding that the current outbreak in HCM City may peak in the next days, he requested the city to continue to strictly comply with Directive 16, while speeding up the vaccination scheme.

At the session, President Phuc said that donors inside and outside the country have donated 103 billion VND (4.49 million USD) and 10 ventilators to support HCM City, along with a large number of medical supplies./.