Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the meeting.

Asking the local authorities to seriously implement the Prime Minister’s Directive 16/CT-TTg, Dam said Vinh Long ought to clean out risky areas and turn itself into a safe COVID-19 prevention and control area as soon as possible.

The Deputy PM noted the province should promote the role of its political system and community-based COVID-19 safety groups in its fight against the pandemic.

Requiring people returning from pandemic-hit areas to fill the health declaration form and conducting suitable quarantine measures for those having contact with COVID-19 patients are also important, he added.

He also recommended the province pay attention to ensure social welfare and promptly implement support policy for people affected by COVID-19.

At the meeting, Director of the provincial Health Department Van Cong Minh said that from January 1 to 7am on July 21, Vinh Long recorded 483 cases of COVID-19, including 469 local infections. The province also reported four deaths. Currently, over 3,100 people are being quarantined at concentrated facilities and 9,900 at home.

Source: VNA