Vietnam keeping people safe and informed about coronavirus

Over recent times, some Vietnamese people have made use of the complicated Covid-19 pandemic to spread false information on social media to generate likes, views and shares without worrying about the consequences of their harmful actions.

Returning citizens under quarantine in faculities. Photo: VNA

To address this raging issue, the Vietnamese government has decided to slap fines on people who put up false, slanderous or lurid content online.

The Prime Minister on December 2 issued Dispatch No.1699/CD-TTg on strengthening COVID-19 prevention and control measures, in which he requested mass media must continue raising public awareness of the pandemic, instruct the people to stay vigilant and prevent negative and distorted information from causing public concern.

About a local COVID-19 infection case in Ho Chi Minh City, the municipal authorities must quickly trace down F1 and F2 cases to prevent the third wave of infection.

Ministries, agencies and authorities of centrally-run cities and provinces were asked to support the repatriation of Vietnamese citizens living abroad.

All passengers to Vietnam must be put under quarantine at designated facilities.

Fake news which has gone strongly viral on social networks adversely sparked the general public’s fear and anxiety over the possibility of new coronavirus wave in big cities.

After a flight attendant tested positive for Covid-19 on November 30, several more cases have been reported after having contact with him and some areas have been locked down. Up to 235 people have been quarantined. 157 of them are at quarantine areas and 72 people are home-isolated.

Fearing that the outbreak will spread and the face mask prices will increase, many people in Ho Chi Minh City have rushed out to buy face masks, according to Dtinews. Thanh, a local in District 3, said, "I bought a carton box of face masks for kids and adults for my family, not for sale. I felt worried after hearing about new cases."

Some pharmacies in the city saw a large number of customers asking for face masks on December 1.

A new decree, effective from mid April, imposes a fine of 10-20 million VND (USD 426-USD 853) for taking advantage of social networks to provide fake information, slander or insult agencies and organisations, lower the honor or dignity of individuals; promote superstition, obscenity or depravity that is incompatible with the nation's traditions and customs; providing and sharing information describing the act of killing and horror, graphic images.

Tu Anh