The Covid-19 boom has spread to 165 countries and territories. In Vietnam, more than two-thirds of cases are people from abroad. Therefore, the Vietnamese government has tightened visa and entry policies to limit the spread.
Pay attention to the changes in Vietnam’s travel policies we have listed below!
By the morning of March 18, in Vietnam:
- A total of 76 confirmed cases have been reported for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
- 16/76 cases have been cured and discharged from hospital.
- Current confirmed cases are being quarantined in Hanoi (20), Quang Ninh Province (6), Ninh Binh (1), Lao Cai (2), Da Nang (4), Hue (2), Quang Nam (3), Binh Thuan (9), Ninh Thuan (2), HCM city (12), Hai Duong (1), Bac Ninh (1).
What Vietnam Is Doing To Prevent The Disease
Vietnam has closely monitored the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak since its start, and has installed a series of proactive, comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and travellers.
- Develope a treatment protocol and is implementing it in health centers in all 63 provinces and cities. Vietnam has successfully isolated the corona virus, enabling tests to give quick and accurate results.
- Establish 45 Emergency Response Teams to combat infections of corona virus.
- Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has released instructions to the People’s Committees of local provinces and cities to:
– Temporarily cancel all festivals, including ongoing festivals, in provinces that have announced cases of the nCoV virus.
– Temporarily cancel almost activities at tourism sites and heritage sites across the country (except for specific cases) and avoid staging any large gatherings or events. Pedestrian and walking zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves.
- Temporary close all public school in all 63 provinces.
- Vietnam Tourism Association has officially issued safety criteria for Covid-19 epidemic.
4 levels of quarantine in Vietnam when detecting an infected person:
Level 1: Move infected and potentially exposed people into quarantine. These potentially exposed people have directly contacted with patients.
Level 2: Move people having near contact with infected patients or their relations into isolation wards.
Level 3: Home-based self-quarantine for people have contacted with patients in case of level at 2
Level 4: Apply quarantine to the whole community in case of high number of infected cases
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Path of infection:
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The virus spreads from person to person through close contact with infected body fluids. Depending on the degree of spread of the virus, coughing, sneezing or shaking hands can make people infected.
Recommendations for travelers to prevent infection include:
1. Seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Share your travel schedule with medical staff.
If you feel sick when traveling, you should immediately notify the airline, railway or road staff.
2. Some notes:
– Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– Maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and clean water; or alcohol-based hand cleaners.
– When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve. After using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands immediately.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Safe food practices. Only use foods that are cooked and ensure food safety
– Do not spit indiscriminately in public
– Avoid close contact with farmed or wild animals, whether live, sick or dead.
3. Use a medical mask properly
– When using a respirator, make sure the respirator covers the mouth and nose and avoid touching the respirator while in use.
– If using disposable masks, immediately put them in the trash after use. Wash your hands after removing the mask.
Hotline in Vietnam:
Travellers are advised to report to the Ministry of Health by calling 19003228 if they have visited outbreak areas in the last 14 days, are experiencing flu symptoms and have a compromised immune system.
Vietnam will strictly monitor the pandemic situation, cooperate closely with other nations, organizations and international partners to adjust anti-pandemic methods on time to prevent Covid-19 community spread.