A medical worker gives check-up to a people entering
Vietnam from another country at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi
Industrial production growth has seen the largest
drop in the last six and a half years.
Production has been delayed due to a lack of raw
materials, as a majority of enterprises have depended on materials from
China and other markets, the report said, adding that effects caused by the
epidemic on the country’s GDP growth are inevitable.
The State will have to deploy economic support
packages to help businesses revitalize their production and business, and
support labourers, it said.
For the health sector, if the epidemic is prolonged,
health facilities will be under pressure and facing difficulties maintaining
the operation of the preventive healthcare system. There will be a shortage
of medical workers for epidemiological investigation, taking samples for
testing, and organizing quarantine, the report said.
It also mentioned the need to prepare enough medical
supplies, medicine, and personal protective gear to meet the medium- and
long-term disease prevention efforts.
Another problem is the strong reduction in the
number of patients seeking treatment at medical facilities, the report said,
citing examples at many hospitals in Hanoi with decreases of patients
ranging from 30-50 percent.
On one hand, this will affect patients’ health, and
on the other hand, hospitals will suffer from decreasing revenues.
Meanwhile, the health insurance fund is also
forecast to be seriously impacted if the number of COVID-19 cases surges, it
said, clarifying that treatment costs for COVID-19 patients are quite high.
For the field of labour and employment, job loss and
unemployment has increased, the report said, citing a quick survey of 1,200
SMEs conducted by the Prime Minister’s advisory board on administrative
procedure reform which showed the epidemic has force them to cut workforce
or let workers take no-pay leave, as well as cut wages. The enterprises also
face a high risk of bankruptcy.
In February alone, about 47,100 unemployed labourers
nationwide filed applications for unemployment insurance in February, 63.26
percent higher than in January.
Joblessness and strict compliance with disease
prevention regulations will lead to lower purchasing power, the report
According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and
Social Affairs, about 500,000 Vietnamese guest workers are working under
definite-term labour contracts in 36 countries and territories worldwide. So
far, no Vietnamese workers have been confirmed positive for the novel
coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the three main markets of Japan, Taiwan (China)
and the Republic of Korea.
The report said so far Vietnamese guest workers are
working normally and have not showed wish to go home at this time.
The committee asked the NA Standing Committee to pay
special attention to budget allocation and adjustments for the health sector
in order to strengthen public healthcare capacity in both general and
It also suggested the Government build
socio-economic development scenarios on the basis of the epidemic’s
development, and in the post-pandemic period, especially arranging and
making adjustments to exams and study plans for students in the 2019-2020
COVID-19: Vietnamese citizens in Laos, Thailand
advised to stay calm
Vietnamese citizens in Laos and Thailand should stay
calm and limit going out and returning home at this time as the COVID-19 is
The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos said the host
government is working out all possible measures to prevent the spread of the
According to the embassy, a large nubmer of Lao
workers in Thailand have flocked home in recent days to avoid the pandemic,
and the figure is expected to increase in the time ahead. Despite this, the
overseas Vietnamese community should not be panic but stay at home, minimise
social interactions, and follow preventive measures of the Ministry of
Health and regulations of the host country.
The embassy recommended Vietnamese citizens in Laos
reduce movement and home-returning trips at this time because there is a
high risk of infections on public means of transport and the medical
capacity at home in terms of testing, quarantine, infrastructure, and
equipment is limited.
Vietnamese expatriates should continue keeping a
close watch on the situation and sharing information in their living and
working areas for Lao authorities without spreading fake news to cause
They could contact the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos
via hotlines 85620 96106775 or 85620 92546868; call 85620 91112345 to the
Vietnamese consulate general in Luang Prabang, 8562098362929 to the
Vietnamese consulate general in Pakse, and 85620 98208666 to the Vietnamese
consulate general in Savannakhet to update information and receive guidance
and emergency support.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand also advised
Vietnamese citizens to stay calm and conduct self-quarantine and measures
against COVID-19 right after the host government announced to declare a
state of emergency on March 26.
In its notice on March 25, the embassy recommended
Vietnamese citizens keep a close watch on the situation, actively cooperate
with local authorities and strictly abide by local emergency preventive
The embassy asked Vietnamese citizens to stop
travelling to Thailand-Laos border gates to seek ways to return home because
this action violates Thailand’s law on the state of emergency. On the other
hand, the bilateral border gates would be closed at any time.
As of March 24, the embassy received nearly 500
online registrations of citizens asking support to return home. However, due
to the overload in quarantine areas, the embassy will temporarily close the
At present, the embassy is actively coordinating
with Thailand’s relevant agencies to facilitate the extension of visas for
Vietnamese citizens who cannot leave the country due to COVID-19.
By March 25, Thailand recorded 107 more cases tested
positive for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, raising the tally to 934
natinwide, according to the local health ministry.