Its outlying districts of Me Linh and Thuong Tin, however, remain high-risk areas, and must continue to strictly follow Directive 16.
The PM lauded the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, localities, especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, ministries, departments, and people nationwide for taking drastic prevention and control measures over the past three months that have secured encouraging results.
He highlighted the need to remain vigilant and live with the pandemic based on clear awareness.
Thanks to the social distancing order, no new infections have been reported for the past six consecutive days, which the PM described as a victory for the country to enter a new phase of long-term pandemic prevention while ensuring socioeconomic development.
Further social distancing must be exercised, he said, while trade, job creation, and socioeconomic development must be facilitated.
He reiterated the policy of actively treating infections, putting recently-arrived foreigners, patients, and those at-risk under quarantine, and promptly zoning off affected areas for the spraying of disinfectant.
The PM emphasised the “new normal” practices such as compulsorily wearing of face masks in public places and maintaining a safe distance among people in regular activities, while continuing to advise people to refrain from going out or gathering in crowds. Those with a fever should stay at home and consult a doctor to prevent any spreading of the virus in the community.
He also agreed with measures being loosened in a cautious manner, as proposed by the steering committee.
For areas with high risk in Hanoi and Ha Giang, production should be facilitated on the condition of ensuring appropriate preventive measures.
Participants at the meeting also discussed issues regarding plans for educational studies and examinations in the future.