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WHO thanks unsung heroes of fight against COVID-19 in Vietnam

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 17:21 GMT+7
WHO thanks unsung heroes of fight against COVID-19 in Vietnam
A screenshot taken from a video uploaded to the verified Facebook page of the World Health Organization Vietnam on March 18, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) Vietnam has made a special video to express its gratitude toward the unsung heroes and their relentless sacrifices in the battle against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic in the Southeast Asian country.

Members of the WHO representative office for Vietnam took turns saying thank you to those who are playing important roles in anti-epidemic efforts, namely the government, doctors, nurses, journalists, security guards, and sanitation workers.

The one-and-a-half-minute long video was uploaded to the verified Facebook page of WHO Vietnam on Wednesday morning.

“To the unsung heroes of the battle against COVID-19, we, the people living in Vietnam, want you to know that we greatly recognize and appreciate your hard work to keep us safe from this new health security threat,” heard the message, delivered in Vietnamese by people in WHO uniform.

“To preventive health workers, doctors, nurses, those who take the risk to treat and give care to COVID-19 patients…To government authorities who tirelessly work to control the spread of the virus…”

The WHO Vietnam also thanked all journalists for helping spread timely and appropriate information on the COVID-19 situation to the public.

The organization went on to praise security guards and those who provide cleaning services for keeping local hospitals, workplaces, and other facilities safe and clean.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 198,700 people and killed more than 7,900 globally as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has announced 68 COVID-19 cases to date, 16 of whom had fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26.

Among the 52 active cases being treated, 19 are foreigners, including 13 Britons and one each from Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Latvia, France, and the United States.

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