Swiss official and media spotlight Vietnam’s success in COVID-19 fight

Update: 15:03 | 18/06/2020
President of the Switzerland-Vietnam Friendship Association (SVA) Anjuska Weil and the website Watson.ch of Switzerland laud Vietnam's success in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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At the ceremony to present masks of the Vietnamese government to the association of Vietnamese people in Switzerland and the SVA. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam has not only protected the health of its people but also foreigners who are residing, working and traveling in the country, she said at a ceremony to present face masks of the Vietnamese government to the association of Vietnamese people in Switzerland and the SVA.

This activity is a demonstration of the two countries’ traditional friendship, as well as the sharing of the Vietnamese government and the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland for the SVA, she added.

Ambassador Le Linh Lan updated the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, especially the government’s endeavors to push back the disease and great attention to the overseas Vietnamese community.

On this occasion, the embassy presented six boxes of Vietnamese books of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese to students at Binh Minh School in Zurich in preparation for their new academic year in September 2020.

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COVID-19 testing. (Photo: VNA)

Meanwhile, the website Watson.ch of Switzerland has run an article emphasizing that information transparency and the people's unity have contributed to Vietnam's success in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the article, the author repeatedly quoted Peter Jenni, who lived in Vietnam for many years, to make it clearer and more convincing for the mentioned issues.

The article said the initial situation was bad for Vietnam as it shares a long border with China where the coronavirus disease first broke out, and the Chinese are among the largest groups of tourists to Vietnam.

However, with the four on-the-spot measures it took to combat the disease, Vietnam has become one of the model nations in this fight.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Vietnam has so far only had more than 300 cases of COVID-19, with zero fatalities. The country has gone through over 60 straight days without new infections in the community, while imported cases were immediately quarantined for 14 days upon the arrival.

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The article identified four reasons for the success of Vietnam in containing the pandemic, saying that the Vietnamese government quickly introduced control measures right after the first cases were discovered.

Vietnam was the first country to apply mass quarantine after China, it said.

The article quoted Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as saying that the Vietnamese Government was ready to accept some economic losses to protect its people's lives.

There was hardly a country that pursued contact tracing more vehemently than Vietnam, it said.

According to the article, Vietnam provided clear and transparent information related to the disease situation through daily press conferences.

Newspapers, social media, and even phone messages were used for this purpose, it said.

Measures taken by the Government were trusted and strictly observed by the people, it noted, saying that the spirit of solidarity was one of the reasons behind Vietnam’s success in controlling the pandemic.

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