Sumary of Maintaining and expanding safe zones against COVID-19:
- In addition to the main principles of Directive 16 that must be maintained, localities should study and apply measures flexibly for each specific area in the localities, avoiding rigid implementation without considering epidemiological factors.
- It indicates basic epidemiological factors to determine the initial risk level that were shown up to the communal level on the anti-epidemic map with the corresponding colours including very high risk (red), high risk (orange), risk (yellow) and new normal (green).
- Notably, this regulation empowers local authorities to direct the implementation of corresponding epidemic prevention and control measures based on the risk assessment while supplementing and applying necessary measures at a higher level in line with the specific conditions of the localities and the epidemic situation in the areas.
- Importantly, localities should take advantage of the “golden opportunity” during the social distancing period to conduct zoning and blockade as well as to assess and fully analyse epidemiological factors to divide areas into “red, orange, yellow and green” zones.
- For the “red and orange” zones, local health sectors must identify the “epidemic centre” as well as conduct tracing, localisation and rapid testing in combination with RT-PCR testing to remove F0 cases from the community, towards gradually cleaning and narrowing the outbreak, thus turning very high-risk areas into “yellow” and “green” zones.
- The remaining areas should continue to promote the strategy of “prevention, detection, tracing, zoning, stamping out and treatment”, with the aim of keeping and expanding the safe “green” zones and isolating “yellow” zones.
- In addition to the highest protection of the health system, the localities need to screen the community, especially in areas facing high risks such as markets, bus stations, water shops and supermarkets.
- However, it is crucial to ensure the seriousness to avoid the phenomenon of “being tight outside but loose inside”, creating the risk of epidemic transmission in the distanced areas.