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Jun 07, 2021 / 21:17

Vietnam speeds up technology for Covid-19 prevention

The center will gather, manage and distribute electronic medical declaration data, quarantine data, public feedback collected at Covid-19 checkpoints.

Vietnam has established a national technology center to manage all Covid-19 data and ensure security for 24 hours per day and seven days per week.

Do Cong Anh, deputy head of the Authority of Information Technology Application under the Ministry of Information of Communications (MIC), was appointed the center’s director.

The center will coordinate with agencies, organizations and businesses participating in technical support in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will design, develop, operate, and monitor network security solutions for anti-pandemic technology platforms and systems.

 The technology force operates in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: VNA

The center will also gather, manage and distribute electronic medical declaration data, quarantine data, public feedback collected at Covid-19 checkpoints.

Besides, other tasks include developing and acquiring technologies for Covid-19 prevention and control.

Data on people related to the novel coronavirus control measures would be deleted after a month, according to the MIC.

Minister of MIC Nguyen Manh Hung said last week that technological solutions, including contact tracing and medical declaration apps, are a vital part of Vietnam's Covid-19 fight along with testing and vaccination.

The MIC also warned that people using smartphones without contact tracing apps in crowded places could be punished, though the ministry did not specify the punishment.

For the past time, Vietnam has been using a number of applications to serve the Covid-19 fight, including the Vietnam Health Declaration app, Bluezone and NCOVI, which help users make medical declarations and record close contacts between app users and visits to public locations.

Almost six weeks since the outbreak of the new Covid-19 wave, Vietnam has recorded 5,758 infections in 39 cities and provinces. Bac Giang has the highest number of infections, with 3,181, followed by the neighboring province of Bac Ninh with 1,099. Hanoi comes third with 437 cases including more than 150 people in two locked down hospitals, and Ho Chi Minh City with 402.