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Health Ministry proposes changing Covid prevention protocol

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health has proposed changing the Covid-19 prevention protocol now that the disease has been put under control, with new daily cases steadily declining.

The current 5K protocol requires people to wear masks, wash hands, keep a physical distance from others, avoid gatherings and file health declarations.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Lien Huong said the ministry had asked members of the national steering committee for prevention and control of Covid for feedback on a proposal for changing 5K to V2K, which means vaccination, masking and hand washing.

Speaking at a recent press conference of the Government, Huong said the 5K protocol had helped place the disease under control. But the requirements for health declaration, avoidance of public gatherings and physical distancing have been suspended, so only mask wearing and hand disinfection remain in place, she said.

She noted timely and full vaccination is important, so the ministry has proposed replacing 5K with V2K. However, 5K should be reinstated if new variants of the coronavirus appear.

Yesterday saw new daily Covid infections continuing falling, with 685 cases reported, down by 196 from the day earlier.

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