Public’s trust one of the keys to Vietnam’s success in containing COVID-19

The Vietnamese Government’s quick and effective response in combination with the public’s trust and observance of prevention and control measures were key to the country’s success in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, said UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam.

Source: Thematic research reports “Citizens' Opinions of and Experiences with Government Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam”.

UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, Caitlin Wiesen, made the comments at a workshop held by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on December 8 to release a report on people’s awareness and experience of the COVID-19 prevention and control measures adopted by authorities at both the central and local levels.

Wiesen expressed her belief that lessons in regard to transparency, accountability, and social cohesion will help the Vietnamese Government deal with future crises and challenges of public concern.

David Gottlieb, Counsellor for Economic and Development Cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, said he was impressed by Vietnam’s resolve to control the pandemic.

With financial support and cooperation from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the UNDP and the Mekong Development Research Institute conducted a survey on people’s awareness and experience of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, on which the report was based.

Ninety-six percent of respondents spoke highly of the efforts of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, while nearly 94 percent thought similarly of the efforts of city and provincial authorities.

Nearly 99 percent said they wore masks when going out during the peak of the pandemic and 93 percent washed their hands regularly.

The service sector and people working in the unofficial labour sector or belonging to poor or near-poor groups were hardest hit.

Twenty-four percent of respondents lost their jobs, while 65 percent had their salary cut.

A total of 1,334 people were randomly selected for the survey, which was conducted in September.

Source: Thematic research reports “Citizens' Opinions of and Experiences with Government Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam”.
 

Ten imported cases of COVID-19 were reported on December 8, including a baby boy under one year old among eight Vietnamese returnees from Russia, and no new cases related to the recent community-acquired cluster in Ho Chi Minh City.

The latest cases, all quarantined upon arrival, brought the national COVID-19 tally to 1,377, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

As many as 20,262 people are currently in various forms of quarantine facilities across the country.

HCM City Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday said that since the four locally acquired cases on December 2 as a result of a quarantine breach, the city has not recorded any new COVID-19 cases and all 3,888 direct and indirect contacts of the four patients have tested negative.

Tu Anh