Vietnam calls up medical students, retired doctors in coronavirus fight

21 March, 2020 | Vietnam News
Vietnamese students of Hanoi National University of Education, wearing protective masks, attend the first day of classes after returning to the university, which was closed for over a month due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

HANOI – Vietnam‘s health ministry has called on all healthcare workers, including medical students and retired doctors and nurses, to join hands in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

Vietnam, with 92 reported cases but no deaths yet, has already suspended international flights and imposed restrictions on foreign visitors.

“The fight against COVID-19 has entered a new phase that is full of difficulties and challenges, requiring more efforts and determination to contain,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The ministry called on retired medical staff to take care of the elderly, and on medical students to join volunteer activities when needed.

The ministry said on Friday all foreign arrivals would be quarantined for 14 days.