Many local leaders believe that the “distance, do not gather” regulation in 5K is outdated and needs to be adjusted to 2K when the holiday is approaching.
Will remove the medical declaration, still “4K”, how to welcome guests?
At an online conference on Project 06 between the Ministries of Health, Information and Communications, the Public Security and provincial leaders, on April 26, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said: “Vietnam no longer applies it. epidemiological tracing and is returning to normal life, so the domestic health declaration is no longer applicable.” The Department of Preventive Medicine is developing guidelines. However, it is not clear at this time when medical declarations can be dropped.
The COVID-19 epidemic is on a downward trend, people’s lives are gradually returning to normal, gradually adapting and living safely with COVID-19, leaders of many localities have requested the Ministry of Health to adjust measures. 5K to 2K (mask, disinfection) to suit the new situation.
Recently, services that are considered high-risk environments such as karaoke, spas, massages, discos, bars, and cinemas have reopened. This shows that people have returned to normal life. Therefore, it is not possible to withhold the existing regulations for the “new” normalcy into normal life.
Especially, the holidays of April 30 and May 1 are coming very close. In the past few days, according to survey information, hotels in major tourist destinations are all full, flights also increase in frequency… Thus, regulations such as “distance”, “do not gather” episode” is no longer relevant.
With such a reality, we cannot regulate the distance, while swimming or eating in a restaurant, wearing a mask, or going to a tourist area and forcing tourists to keep a distance of 2 meters, not to gather in crowds. People.
Some experts believe that the 5K message of “masks – disinfection – distance – do not gather – medical declarations” issued by the Ministry of Health since August 2020 is no longer relevant to the new situation. In order to effectively prevent the epidemic and at the same time meet the requirements of opening up and recovering the economy, it is necessary to change and flexibly adapt to different regions and times.
If it is no longer suitable, then boldly quit
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, former Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine (Ministry of Health), not only making medical declarations, keeping a distance and not gathering people is no longer suitable for the current situation.
Mr. Nga also said that now, there are no longer strict penalties for cases of not wearing masks or gathering in large numbers, because it depends on the actual situation.
Because at tourist spots, bus stations or public places, anyone who declares health can just declare it, it doesn’t matter if anyone doesn’t do it, there’s no check. As for “distance” and “not focusing”, thousands of people are crammed together in one space, hot and full of human smell. In those places, everyone can do it, many people wear masks half-closed and half-open, no one mentions.
From the above analysis, experts recommend which “K” is suitable for the actual situation, then apply that”K”. At the present time, the regulation of wearing masks and disinfecting is highly effective. However, whether the regulation is effective or not depends mainly on the understanding and self-discipline of each citizen and the form of enforcement, these two factors influence each other, if there is only one left, it will lose its effect.
With the same opinion, Dr. Tran Van Phuc (San Pont Hospital) said that in the context of Vietnam going through the peak of the epidemic and having universalized the vaccine, we have turned the anti-epidemic situation around. People now know how to prevent disease.
With such a situation, it is time to move COVID-19 from a Group A infectious disease to a Group B infectious disease. We can change our public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus. add.
“The important thing is that ‘5K’ is necessary to change for the whole society and for individuals. 5K is still valid to some extent, but if applying the whole 5K now, in my opinion it is no longer appropriate.” – Doctor Tran Van Phuc commented.
Another expert asked, in the context of tourism opening, flexibility is also needed. If outdoor visitors, how to apply the “distance, do not gather” regulations, in passenger cars, closed environment stations, in restaurants, etc., how does it apply?
Previously, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen asked the authorities to review the regulations on epidemic prevention and control closer to the new normal situation, because some points of the current 5K are no longer relevant.
“If you wear a mask and disinfect, people are relatively familiar with it, so you can do it, but the distance is unstable. The regulation of not focusing is also no longer appropriate, but keep saying that 5K compliance is required without correcting it, people.” People cannot comply with regulations because they are not close to the actual situation,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Nen.
At the beginning of April, Director of Hanoi Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha also admitted that, in the new context, some regulations on epidemic prevention and control were no longer practical and this Department reported to the People’s Committee to propose the Ministry of Health. Health to amend some regulations. However, Hanoi is still waiting for the official document from the Ministry of Health.