The Ministry of Well being nonetheless lists Covid in Group A, which includes harmful infectious illnesses with the flexibility to unfold shortly and broadly, have a excessive mortality charge or an unknown causative agent.
Some others on this group embrace influenza A – H5N1, plague, smallpox, dengue fever, and cholera.
An epidemic is a typical illness, or an endemic, when the variety of infections could possibly be predicted at any given time, Nguyen Tri Thuc, director of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis’s Cho Ray Hospital, arguably the highest public medical facility in southern Vietnam, stated.
As well as, it requires herd immunity, together with pure immunity and vaccine protection, and on the similar time the well being sector is ready to management the epidemic, he stated.
“Vietnam is step by step resuming socioeconomic actions, however it’s nonetheless too early to say if Covid-19 has turn out to be a typical sickness.”
The variety of day by day instances is rising, and the trajectory couldn’t be predicted, he stated.
Within the final seven days 32,600 instances have been reported day by day in comparison with 20,200 final week.
On Friday there have been virtually 42,430, the best single-day tally ever.
Tran Dac Phu, a senior advisor on the Public Well being Emergency Operations Heart, stated Vietnam couldn’t take away Covid from Group A and think about it a typical infectious illness but because it nonetheless threatens to overload the healthcare system.
After the Lunar New Yr holidays which ended on Feb. 6, the variety of new instances has been rising relentlessly.
New coronavirus strains corresponding to Omicron trigger the illness to unfold “in a short time,” and one individual can infect 10 others, together with totally vaccinated individuals, Phu stated.
There’s a basic consensus amongst specialists that a couple of extra months are wanted to see how the pandemic evolves together with the rising international vaccination charge to resolve whether or not to deal with Covid as a typical sickness.
Deputy Minister of Well being Nguyen Truong Son stated to maneuver Covid-19 out of Group A requires Vietnam to be prepared by way of vaccines, medicine and preventive measures.
Some 96.4 p.c of the inhabitants, or 67.8 million individuals, is totally vaccinated, with 22 million additionally getting a booster.
On Thursday the well being ministry stated it has accepted three anti Covid-19 medicine, Molravir 400 made by Boston Pharma, Movinavir 200 mg by Mekophar Chemical Pharmaceutical and Molnupiravir Stella 400 by Stellapharm, for emergency use, making them the primary Covid antivirals to be accepted in Vietnam.
In January Kiattiphum Wongrajit, Thailand’s everlasting secretary of public well being, stated the Public Well being Ministry plans to declare Covid-19 an endemic illness by the tip of this 12 months primarily based on nationwide standards with or with out World Well being Group affirmation.
He stated the factors for this are new instances not exceeding 10,000 a day, a fatality charge not exceeding 0.1 p.c and vaccination of greater than 80 p.c of at-risk individuals with two doses.
Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, stated from late February individuals with Covid-19 would now not be required to self-isolate.
In late January Denmark introduced an finish to restrictions in early February and reclassified Covid-19 as a illness “that now not poses a menace to society.”
Sweden and Norway have lifted virtually all restrictions, together with for international guests.
In late January, when the illness was claiming round 64,000 lives per week globally, WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “Studying to reside with the virus should not imply enduring that a lot loss of life.”