VIETNAM RAMPS UP EFFORTS TO CONTAIN COVID-19 SPREAD
At the meeting on March 8, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam suggested tightening efforts to contain Covid-19 spread and recommended Vietnamese not go abroad or to the countries with Covid-19, other than emergencies, and they must equip themselves with sufficient knowledge to ensure their health’s safety.
Accordingly, the government will suspend the unilateral visa exemption for citizens of the EU nations, the UK, and non-EU countries that have had over 500 infection cases or record over 50 new cases in a day; as well as deny of visa for foreigners who show Covid-19 symptoms or have related epidemiological factors.
The Deputy PM also asked the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Health, the Vietnam Social Security, and IT service providers to promptly complete technological tools so that health declaration will be applied to all people nationwide on March 10 morning at the latest.
"Vietnam has officially entered the second phase of the fight against Covid-19 since the 17th case was detected two days ago. The second phase of the outbreak combat is more challenging than the first one since the disease has spread to more than 100 countries, which means Vietnam has to prevent it from entering the country from over 100 directions, instead of several directions like in the recent past. However, all situations are anticipated, and response plans have been prepared to cope with any circumstance, even when there are thousands of infection cases" said the Deputy PM.
ITALY BECOMES THE SECOND MOST INFECTED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AFTER CHINA
The number of coronavirus deaths in Italy spiked to 366 and there are currently 7,375 total confirmed cases as of March 9, making the country the most affected by the epidemic, after China.
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte signed a decree enacting forced blockade for the region of Lombardy and 14 other provinces until April 3 to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The blockade affects around 16 million residents.
In the US, 540 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded. Among them, 49 were repatriated citizens, 3 from Wuhan (China), 46 from Diamond Princess cruise ship and 21 from Grand Princess cruise ship.
On March 9, Albania reported its first coronavirus infections on Monday, in a father and son who had returned from Italy. The two were in stable condition.
The Chinese government said it recorded 40 new infections on March 8, 44 fewer than the previous day, bringing the country's total cases to 80,735 infections and 3,199 deaths. On the same day, China's third temporary hospital in Hubei was also closed.