Prime Minister requests strict implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures hinh anh 1 Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chairs a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on September 23. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Government Office has issued an urgent dispatch requiring the strict implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

The dispatch stated that over the past few days after easing social distancing measures, new outbreaks have emerged in some localities.

To continue to strictly implement regulations and measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain the achievements of anti-pandemic efforts in the past time, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh requested General To Lam, Minister of the Ministry of Public Security and head of the sub-committee on security and social order of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, to direct localities to promptly strengthen inspection to prevent mass gatherings in public places and strictly handle violations, avoid the risk of community transmission.

The dispatch ordered Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, who is also head of the National Steering Committee's sub-committee on healthcare, to direct centrally-run cities and provinces namely Ha Nam and Kien Giang provinces and Da Nang city immediately carry out measures on zoning off, quarantining, and testing quickly to "filter out" hidden COVID-19 cases, taking effective solutions to manage F1 (people in close contact with COVID-19 patients),  in new outbreak areas in the community, resolutely not let the virus spread widely.

Secretaries of the provincial and municipal Party Committees, the head of the steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control, the chairpersons of the People's Committees of Ha Nam, Kien Giang and Da Nang are told to strictly follow the directions and solutions for pandemic prevention and control of the Government, the Prime Minister, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and the guidance of the Ministry of Health, ensuring that the pandemic would be put under control soon, achieving the desired target and normal life will be resume soon./.