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Foreign media praise Vietnam’s achievements in COVID-19 fight

Vietnam’s achievements in fighting COVID-19 has caught a lot of attention from foreign media.

The US newspaper Los Angeles Times described Vietnam as a rare and surprising bright spot in the combat. It highlighted some drastic measures that Vietnam has soon applied such as keeping schools closed and quarantining masses of people while monitoring those having contact with COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Russian radio Sputnik listed some articles by international media that highly appreciate Vietnam’s fight against COVID-19 with no new infections for a week.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant launched for taking effective measures against COVID-19. Vietnam’s “secret” is “risk level classification”, it noted, explaining that the country’s National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has classified all the 63 cities and provinces into high, medium and low risk. Social distancing measures have been applied based on the classification.

The Marketplace website referred to factors that contribute to the success of the Vietnamese government in this fight such as implementing 14-day quarantine since mid-February for all Vietnamese citizens and foreigners entering the country, and raising public awareness via media, social networks and posters.

The Austrian newspaper Standard highlighted Vietnam as an examplary response to COVID-19. It said Vietnam is a developing country with limited resources, but it has effectively curbed the outbreak through low-cost measures.

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Vietnam reported no new cases of COVID-19 on April 26 morning, keeping the country’s total number of infections at 270. Of those, 225 people have fully recovered, accounting for 83 percent./