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A success story of Vietnam in fight against COVID-19

ANKARA

When the health care systems of most powerful countries in the world have failed to curb the spread of COVID-19, the South Asian country of Vietnam performed an outstanding work against the pandemic cutting swath through the globe.

The country is considered to have built a success story with its fight against novel coronavirus. A nation of around 95 million population, Vietnam confirmed its first COVID-19 case on Jan. 23. However, it has so far reported 328 cases with zero deaths and 307 recoveries. The country has 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) of land border with China, the ground zero of the virus, which has suffered 4,638 deaths and over 84,000 infections.

“Early awareness of the pandemic, appropriate, drastic and people-centric measures, as well as public support” are the main factors behind the success of Vietnam, said Tran Quang Tuyen, top Vietnamese envoy in Turkey.

The country’s quick measures to contain the spread of virus was another to-the-point move behind its success. When the number of COVID-19 cases saw a rapid increase in China in the last week of January, Vietnam banned entry to Chinese tourists on Jan. 28.

Despite having a long border with China, Vietnam has not been seriously affected by the large number of cases in its neighbor as it was quick to take preventive measures against coronavirus.

On March 21, authorities began imposing a 14-day quarantine for all foreign arrivals, as well as the places they visited.

The local administration meticulously traced every single person who may have been infected with the virus and quarantined entire streets as well as villages out of a fear of outbreak.

Tuyen said the country “was quick to ban entry to foreign nationals, implement strict quarantine rules and limit economic activity.”

The country has “successfully mobilized the strength and the participation of the whole political system and community in making pandemic prevention a priority, preventing the risk from outside, zoning off areas, treating diseases effectively, as well as sacrificing immediate economic benefits to protect people’s health and lives.”

“Aside from some common policy actions such as contact tracing, ramping up production of medical supplies, and installing checkpoints at airports, Vietnam found its success in proactiveness, proactive prevention.”

The government was “proactive, not subjective” in its coronavirus measures and “fought the pandemic like fighting an enemy.”

The country’s “epidemic control program has been well-organized for it relied on four relatively cost-effective solutions, including quick strategic testing, aggressive contact tracing, effective public communication campaigns, and swift development of testing kits.”

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