Mekong Delta localities join forces to fight pandemic, restore economy
Seven delta localities will cooperate to prevent Covid-19, protect people's health and develop production and business.
The Lo Le - Rach Soi Expressway that links Can Tho City and Kien Giang Province, October 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huy Phong
Authorities in Can Tho City and six provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau are expected to join an online meeting on Oct. 19 to decide the specific action plan.
In the meantime, they will choose six key areas for cooperation: healthcare, agriculture, trade and services, information and communication, transportation, and employment.
The seven localities will agree on a plan to classify Covid-19 patients and treatment facilities, support areas with high rates of infections, share vaccines and medical-biological products.
They will also discuss measures to prevent and control the pandemic in the production and transport of agricultural products, connect manufacturers and suppliers with trade promotion units and put agricultural products on e-commerce platforms.
In addition, they will create a priority flow for means of transport carrying medical equipment, goods and personnel to serve the pandemic prevention and control task, as well as those that transport agricultural - aquatic products, and construction materials and equipment.
At the same time, they will focus on cooperation and development of different types of passenger and goods transport, as well as logistics services.
Lying to the south of Hau River, a branch of the Mekong, the seven localities span more than 22,100 square kilometers, hosting 9.2 million residents. The Mekong Delta is the country's rice basket and a major supplier of its seafood and fruit exports.
So far in the fourth Covid-19 wave that hit Vietnam in late April, they have recorded almost 25,000 infections and 367 deaths.
For now, the outbreak remains basically under control in those localities.