COVID-19 Pandemic Control: Lessons Learned From Hai Phong City, Vietnam.

Tran TC, Ngo TA, Nguyen TD, Olson L, Larsson M

Asia Pac J Public Health - (-) 1010539520956424 [2020-09-10; online 2020-09-10]

The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019) pandemic has affected almost all countries in the world. When the first cases were reported from Hubei, China, in late December 2019, the Vietnamese authorities acknowledged the potential risk of an epidemic having had the experience of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Avian flu. When it was clear that there was human-to-human transmission in the epidemic in Wuhan that started in January 2020, the Vietnamese government, health care system, and civil society were rapidly mobilized. How has a country with a population of about 100 million and a long porous border to China managed to prevent a larger outbreak? This case history is about how Hai Phong city implemented the initial COVID-19 response. Hai Phong reacted quickly after the COVID-19 outbreak in China by, quarantining people coming from pandemic areas, and carrying out contact tracing and extensive testing, closing schools and universities and implementing two weeks of social distancing measures. There are no detected positive cases until May 18, 2020 in Hai Phong.

Type: Journal article

PubMed 32909472

DOI 10.1177/1010539520956424

Crossref 10.1177/1010539520956424

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