Don't Forget Vietnam's 99-Day COVID-Free Streak, As We Cheer New Zealand
This weekend, we came across news lauding the nation of New Zealand for going 100 days without any new COVID-19 cases -- which surely is an unbelievable feat in current times, when the novel coronavirus is infecting hundreds every day across the globe.?
However, another nation was in the race of completing its 100-day streak, but got a case on the very last day, ending the streak at 99 days -- Vietnam.
Vietnam ended its 99-day streak in the last week of July when four new community cases surfaced in Da Nang. However, in case you were wondering that this wasn’t a big enough achievement for Vietnam while lauding New Zealand for their feat,? you couldn’t be more wrong.?
Vietnam is more populated
New Zealand boasts a population of 48.9 lakhs as of 2018 (according to the World Bank). Vietnam, on the other hand, has a total population of around 9.5 crores. Just FYI, several states in India too have way more population than what New Zealand has in its entire nation.?
Vietnam population density
Vietnam is a larger nation, area-wise, but it is also very dense, population-wise. According to the World Bank, New Zealand enjoys a population density of 18.5 people per square kilometre. Vietnam, on the other hand, has 308.125 people per square kilometre. This only translates to the kind of social distancing challenges both nations have in front of them and now Vietnam, despite the considerably large number, managed to sustain it for 99 days.
When you look at the GDP of Vietnam and New Zealand, Vietnam sits at $24,521 crores as of 2018, whereas New Zealand sits at $20,492 crores. Now comparing this with population, Vietnam is able to allocate only about $2,581 of its GDP per citizen, whereas New Zealand is able to allocate $40,984 of its GDP per citizen. That's quite a divide, don't you think? This puts Vietnam's COVID-19 fight and 99-day no new cases streak quite impressive.
Vietnam’s experience fighting pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic surely has shaken the entire world, but it isn’t Vietnam’s first rodeo. As per a recent report by the Diplomat, They’ve dealt with the SARS outbreak in 2003, and actually became the first country to put it under control. Moreover, even when COVID-19 first broke out in China, Vietnam was one of the first nations in South East Asia who spotted two cases around January 30. The nation even took measures early on two control two waves in the month of January and March.
Outbreak that broke Vietnam's streak
As reported by Bloomberg, while authorities weren’t able to find where the outbreak originated, it managed to quickly spread to 12 provinces and has infected over 333 people.?
As of now, Vietnamese authorities placed 23,356 people in quarantine centres, isolated 6,717 people in hospitals and ordered 140,384 to quarantine at home, according to the health ministry.