Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presides over a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Ha Noi, January 21, 2021 - Photo: VGP/Dinh Nam
The order was made as the COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving complicatedly around the world with over 96 million infection cases and more than two million deaths in 220 countries and territories.
Particularly, the new COVID-19 strain first seen in the UK has spread to 50 countries and territories while the variant found recently in South Africa has been reported in 23 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization.
Around 46 countries have rolled out vaccination programs with 28 million doses but there remains risk of community transmission.
In Viet Nam, the last community infection was confirmed 51 days ago but imported cases have been reported daily with the tally standing at 1,544, including 884 imported cases as of 6:05 pm on Wednesday.
Against that backdrop, the Ministry of Health called for continuing the consistent strategy of outbreak prevention, detection, quarantining, zoning off, stamping out, and effective treatment.
By Kim Anh