VIETNAM - No COVID-19 Deaths

Arno Froese

Vietnam shares a border with China, yet it has reported no deaths from COVID-19 and just 268 confirmed cases, when other Southeast Asian nations are reporting thousands.

Experts say experience dealing with prior pandemics, early implementation of aggressive social distancing policies, strong action from political leaders and the muscle of a one-party authoritarian state have helped Vietnam.

With experience gained from dealing with the 2003 SARS and 2009 H1N1 pandemics, Vietnam’s government started organizing its response in January—as soon as reports began trickling in from Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated. The country quickly came up with a variety of tactics, including widespread quarantining and aggressive contact tracing. It has also won praise from the World Health Organization and the CDC for its transparency in dealing with the crisis.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently characterized Vietnam’s efforts as the “spring general offensive of 2020,” a reference to the 1968 Tet Offensive, which many claim helped turn the tide of the Vietnam War.

Tens of thousands have been put in quarantine camps. By the end of March, Vietnam had banned all international and domestic flights. The government locked down the country on April 1. State-run media say the current social distancing and stay-at-home orders are to be extended.

Some may still be skeptical of Vietnam’s relatively low COVID-19 case numbers. The CDC’s John MacArthur is not.

“Our team up in Hanoi is working very, very closely with their Ministry of Health counterparts,” he says. “The communications I’ve had with my Vietnam team is that at this point in time, [they] don’t have any indication that those numbers are false.”

-www.npr.org, 16 April 2020

Arno's commentary

Another country, communist Vietnam, bordered by China, has successfully withstood the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. The fact that these authoritarian governments can keep their people healthy will definitely contribute toward a more rigid governmental structure in the West.

It is our understanding that this is a rehearsal for globalism on a grand scale. What Jesus prophesied some 2,000 years ago is yet to be fulfilled: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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