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Moscow (VNA) - With drastic quarantine measures and social unity, Vietnam is effectively controlling the COVID-19 epidemic, according to an article on the website of Russia.

The article emphasised that Vietnam's response to the COVID-19 crisis deserves appreciation from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Despite sharing the border with China, where the disease broke out, the number of SARS-CoV-2  infections in Vietnam to date is more than 260 cases and no deaths have been recorded, it said.
Early response is the most important factor leading to the country’s success in controlling the epidemic, the article said, quoting WHO’s Chief Representative in Vietnam Kidong Park as saying that Vietnam has responded to this outbreak early and actively right after China reported first cases of COVID-19.

It listed a host of measures that Vietnam has taken to contain the spread of the disease, including establishing the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control headed by a Deputy Prime Minister, outlining a national response plan, closing schools, carrying out large-scale quarantine, suspending international flights, and applying other disease preventative regulations.

The article noted that despite recording only a small number of new COVID-19 cases since April 1, the date social distancing regulations took effect, Vietnam has not yet mentioned easing the above measures, and are still restricting entry into and exit from the country.

Vietnam's success, it went on, can be explained by social unity which is expressed in discipline and solidarity of the people, as well as their compliance with relevant regulations./.