Prime Minister: Everyone in HCM City to be tested during social distancing period
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed local authorities to perform rapid testing on a large scale. HCM City will conduct Covid-19 test for the entire population during the social distancing period to detect F0 cases as soon as possible.
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On August 22, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh signed a telegram on strengthening social distancing and measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic.
The telegram was sent to the Party Secretary and Chair of HCM City, and the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An, Ministers, Heads of ministerial-level agencies, and government agencies; National steering committee for Covid-19 prevention and control; and the Government's special working group on prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic.
The epidemic situation is still very complicated in many provinces. With the view of putting people's lives and health first, the Prime Minister asked people and agencies above to focus on leading, directing and organizing thorough, strict, and drastic implementation of social distancing measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic.
The Prime Minister noted that communes, wards and towns are "fortresses", while people are "soldiers" in epidemic prevention and control who should explain, persuade, and request people not to go out.
The people's participation and compliance with regulations play a decisive role in epidemic prevention and control. This is the responsibility, duty and right of each citizen to protect the health of themselves, their families and the community. Victory over the epidemic is the victory of the people.
The Prime Minister requested the highest support in terms of human resources, medical materials, military and police forces and other necessary forces of the central government and localities for Ho Chi Minh City and the province of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An.
The Prime Minister stressed to ensure that people have the fastest access anytime and anywhere to healthcare services. Accordingly, healthcare services must be brought to the people. Timely supply of food and essential services to people in the area where social distancing measures are being strengthened, especially weak and vulnerable groups, was also emphasized.
The Prime Minister has called for rapid testing on a large scale in the above provinces and testing of the entire population of Ho Chi Minh City during the period of social distancing to detect F0 cases as soon as possible and promptly prevent the spread of the disease. The highest priority will be given to Ho Chi Minh City in vaccine allocation.
The Ministries of Health, Defense, Public Security, Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs, Transport, Information and Communication, Finance and relevant ministries and branches have been asked to give maximum support to the localities above.
HCM City has established a wellbeing center and prepared at least 2 million support packages for people in difficult circumstances.