Vietnam’s Low-Cost COVID-19 Strategy

theaseanpost.com – Hong Kong Nguyen, 13 April 2020

Residents wearing face masks practice social distancing as they wait in a queue for free rice, amid Vietnam’s nationwide social isolation effort as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Hanoi on 11 April, 2020. (AFP Photo)

As COVID-19 expands across the southern hemisphere, governments there have a lot to learn from Vietnam’s approach. Clear communication and government-citizen cooperation that leveraged technology are the main reasons why the country has had relatively few cases.

Much attention has been paid to other models in Asia. Taiwanese health authorities investigated cases of pneumonia reported in Wuhan before community spread occurred. South Korea installed a nonstop emergency response system to screen all travellers entering the country from Wuhan in early January. Similarly, Singapore mobilised an inter-agency taskforce for extensive contact tracing, targeted community quarantine, and aggressive testing, while also covering the costs of screening and treatment.

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