Voters in a quarantined area cast their ballots on election day. (Photo: NDO/Ngo Quang Dung).
NDO - Since the beginning of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has broken out in many provinces and cities in our country, seriously affecting the socio-economic situation. In this context, under the leadership of the Party and the Government, localities have mobilised the entire political system, armed forces, and people from all walks of life to unite together to gradually control the pandemic, consistently implementing the dual goals of preventing and controlling the epidemic while maintaining economic development.
Locking down sources of infection
A poster illustrating the Ministry of Health’s 5K message installed at a check point at Viet Hung commune, Dong Anh district, Hanoi (Photo: NDO/Dang Khoa)
According to experts, the new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have made the situation more dangerous and complicated than those previous. Therefore, along with the efforts of the health sector, Party committees, authorities, the Fatherland Front at all levels as well as mass organisations in localities have actively taken prompt and drastic measures in response to the developments of the pandemic.
In Hanoi, Party committees at all levels have been determined to fulfill the dual goals. To date, prevention and control of COVID-19 has been eyed as the top priority while the maintenance of socio-economic development has been well implemented.
In late April, when the capital city faced a new wave of COVID-19 infections, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung asked key officials, particularly heads of Party committees and authorities, not to leave their area and stay on duty 24/24 to contain the pandemic.
Having just escaped from the third wave of COVID-19 a month ago, Hai Duong then faced its fourth wave of local transmissions. At the end of April and the beginning of May, when a number of COVID-19 cases was reported in its two neighbouring provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee immediately activated its anti-epidemic system at the highest alert level and placed the province in a state of emergency again.
Meanwhile, Quang Ninh provincial authorities always place importance on pandemic prevention through their early detection and control of COVID-19. The province has persistently followed the principle of preventing the spread, detecting infections, contact tracing, quarantining infected and suspected cases, sealing off affected areas and suppressing the outbreak, thus stablising the situation. As a result, cases with epidemiological factors related to hot beds in Quang Ninh have been placed under control.
Cooling down hot spots
Health workers instruct local people in a concentrated isolation area in Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province, to take quick sample collection. (Photo: NDO/Xuan Thang)
The fourth wave of COVID-19 directly hit major industrial zones in Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces, the workplaces of more than hundreds of thousands of workers, freezing production activities and seriously affecting people’s lives.
Soon after a new hotspot was detected in Bac Giang province, the Government gave clear directions and promptly tasked ministries and agencies to assist the provincial authorities in the fight against COVID-19. The Ministry of Health dispatched a working group led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son to Bac Giang, together with more than 2,000 doctors and health workers from many provinces and cities across the country to hasten COVID-19 prevention in the province.
The Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security have also sent thousands of officers and soldiers to the province. Thanks to this joint effort, as of June 25, 183 businesses with nearly 30,000 employees in Bac Giang have been allowed to resume operations.
On May 5, 2021 Bac Ninh province recorded its first coronavirus-positive cases in the fourth wave of COVID-19, all of which were related to the outbreak at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi's Dong Anh District. According to Standing Vice Chairman of Bac Ninh Provincial People's Committee Vuong Quoc Tuan, the Provincial Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control held an emergency meeting on the night of May 5 to give guidance and direction in response to the situation and mobilised the entire political system in the province to fully engage in the COVID-19 battle.
As a result, by June 24, the situation was under control, and all businesses in the province were allowed to resume operations, except for those having F0 cases and having not yet met all the relevant criteria on pandemic prevention and control.
Successfully holding the general elections
Secretary of the Hanoi municipal Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung inspects election preparations and the prevention of the COVID-19 at a polling station in Kim Chung commune, Dong Anh district, Hanoi. (Photo: NDO/Dang Anh)
The elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure took place at a time when our country faced a fourth wave of COVID-19. Thanks to the determination of the whole political system, the consensus of the people, the elections were held successfully across the country, including in areas affected by the COVID-19, areas implementing social isolation measures or those under lockdown.
In Hanoi, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung demanded safety in every polling place in the city and the successful organisation of the elections. He requested plans to ensure quarantined voters could exercise their citizen’s right.
Hanoi's health sector coordinated with departments and agencies and local authorities at all levels to develop plans for COVID-19 prevention and control for each locality and polling station. Meanwhile, the Hanoi chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front hosted meetings between candidates and voters in both in-person and online formats, receiving much highly appreciation from voters.
For the first time in the history of elections in Vietnam, meetings with voters were held in the form of videoconferences. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong joined other candidates running for seats in the 15th National Assembly of Hanoi’s constituency No. 1 at an online meeting with voters in Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts, attracting the participation of 2,420 voters.
By implementing effective election campaigns, voter turnout in Hanoi reached 99.16%. The figure was nearly 99% in Bac Giang province and 99.07% in Bac Ninh province, where election campaigns were held in accordance with the law and in a safe manner despite the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Bui Van Cuong, NA Secretary General, Chairman of the NA Office and Chief of the National Election Council Office, the elections were held successfully in accordance with the set plan with a high rate of turnout of over 90%. He stressed that this important result was made possible thanks to thorough preparation and the joint effort and consensus of the entire people.
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