General Don, Head of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control under the Ministry of National Defense made that request at a steering committee meeting on July 31 in Hanoi.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Tran Don speaks at the meeting

According to a report by the Military Medical Department under the General Department of Logistics, the world has more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. Meanwhile, numerous new cases of coronavirus community transmission have been reported in six cities and provinces in Vietnam since July 25 without an exact source of infection. Therefore, drastic measures should be crafted; high sense of responsibility should be raised; and more efforts should be made to successfully control COVID-19 to protect troops and people from the disease and ensure national socio-economic development.

In his speech, Gen. Don directed relevant defense agencies and military units to follow higher levels’ directives and resolutions, functional agencies’ instructions, and check and request health declarations from travelers who have visited Da Nang since July 1st and other localities with high risk of infection.

They should also work out preventive measures to effectively control COVID-19 while performing military-defense missions and organizing Party congresses at all levels.

Units stationed in Da Nang were urged to implement social distancing measures. Units stationed in other pandemic-hit localities should work closely with local forces to enhance public awareness of the pandemic and apply preventive measures.

Apart from controlling COVID-19, military units must maintain combat readiness and closely watch developments in space, at sea, in border areas, and in cyberspace to handle any arising situations and to firmly protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The border guard force was asked to monitor border gates and border crossings to prevent illegal immigration and ensure security in border areas.

They should receive and quarantine Vietnamese citizens as regulated at quarantine facilities and avoid community transmissions.

International cooperation in studying vaccine and medicine should be boosted as well, said Gen. Don.

Translated by Mai Huong