Credit photo: ‘So far, Vietnam has tested nearly 800 people for each new confirmed case, the highest ratio in the world, according to Reuters data.’ A man has his temperature checked in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA
Before the crisis, trust in the government was ebbing. Swift action and open communication have changed that
Out of the key factors that contributed to Vietnam’s successful coronavirus response, timeliness was the first. Vietnam acted early and did not hesitate to alert its citizens. On 28 January, when the country recorded only two cases, the government announced that it was planning for a scenario in which thousands of people could contract the virus.
- As of 30 April, Vietnam has a coronavirus death count of zero and only 270 cases
- While the mortality numbers climb into the hundreds of thousands across the world, Vietnam has managed to contain the outbreak of coronavirus through timeliness, aggressive infection control, mass mobilisation of its population and an unprecedented level of openness
Source: The Guardian