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PM forms 7 task forces to support southern region in Covid-19 fight

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has demanded that seven task forces be set up to promptly support HCMC and neighboring southern provinces to fight against Covid-19, which is raging in the south with thousands of new daily cases.

The prime minister yesterday, July 18, sent a dispatch to seven ministries—National Defense, Industry and Trade, Agricultural and Rural Development, Transport, Construction, Information and Communications and Labor-Invalids and Social Affairs—asking their ministers to set up the seven respective task forces, reported the local media.

Each task force will be headed by a deputy minister and has to closely coordinate with HCMC and the southern provinces which are practicing the stay-at-home order under the prime minister’s Directive 16, to proactively address problems arising during the Covid-19 fight and other relevant issues.

The task forces have to send daily reports to the ministers and the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control and make recommendations regarding issues beyond their authority.

As setting up the task force is an urgent task, PM Chinh asked the ministers to ramp up efforts and direct the task forces to fulfill their roles in the fight against the coronavirus.

The Delta variant of the coronavirus, now the dominant Covid strain in Vietnam, is spreading fast in HCMC and other southern provinces. HCMC is currently the nation’s biggest Covid hotspot.

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