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Here's How Vietnam Managed To Avoid A Single Coronavirus Death
How did Vietnam, a country that does not have an advanced healthcare system like many western countries, avoid one coronavirus death among its 97 million residents?
While attention is often paid to South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for their collective mitigation efforts and keeping the number of reported confirmed incidents at a low number, Vietnam is a success story that’s easily overlooked.
In addition to no confirmed coronavirus deaths, Vietnam has reported only 328 confirmed cases at the time of this report.
Health experts say leaders in the Vietnam ignored the World Health Organization’s initial claims that there was evidence of human-to-human transmission and acted swiftly.
“We were not only waiting for guidelines from WHO. We used the data we gathered from outside and inside (the country to) decide to take action early,” said Pham Quang Thai, deputy head of the Infection Control Department at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi.
After a three-week nationwide lockdown, Vietnam has lifted its social distancing rules in April and hasn’t reported any local infections for more than 40 days. Both businesses and schools have reopened and life has gradually returned to normal.
And while skeptics question the validity of the country’s numbers, Infectious Disease Doctor said the numbers are accurate.
“I go to the wards every day, I know the cases, I know there has been no death,” Guy Thwaites, who also heads the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, told CNN.
Here’s what experts say leaders Vietnam did right: