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1.7 million blood units donated in 2020

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A woman donates blood in northern Lạng Sơn Province. VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation said it had received approximately 1.7 million units of blood in 2020, which helped millions of patients, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The amount of blood units donated in 2020 mostly fulfilled the annual plan. 

The majority of blood units were donated by volunteers, equivalent to nearly 1.5 per cent of the population. 

Half of the donors donated their blood more than once. Blood was collected from the Lunar New Year Blood Donation Campaign, Red Spring Festival, Red Blood Drops Summer, and the Red Journey Programme.

The amount of blood has helped cure patients who needed blood transfusions as the blood bank went dry when donors feared the coronavirus and stopped going to hospitals for blood donation.

2020’s blood units have increased compared to the figure in 2019. In 2019, more than 1.6 million blood units were donated. 

The committee targets to collect more than 1.7 million units of blood this year. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/852806/17-million-blood-units-donated-in-2020.html

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Residents help catch armed bank robbers in southern Vietnamese province

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Two young men were arrested by local people during their escape after a failed attempt to rob a bank with a gun in Vietnam.

The armed robbery took place at the Agribank – Ha Tien branch at 37 Lam Son Street in Dong Ho Ward in Ha Tien City, Kien Giang Province, police in the city said on Tuesday afternoon.

At around 4:30 pm that day, two young men wearing face masks, helmets, and a backpack walked into the branch and threatened bankers with a gun, demanding they give them money.

As the banking employees shouted for help and ran out of the branch, a bank guard also joined their cry and pulled out a rubber gun and fired it three times in the air.

Seeing that the bank guard had a gun, the two young men escaped on their motorbike toward nearby Nguyen Than Hien Street, where local people managed to catch them and confiscate their weapon.

Police in Ha Tien City immediately arrived at the scene after being informed of the case.

Police officers arrested the two robbers, as well as collected evidence, extracted footage from CCTV cameras, and took testimonies from witnesses at the scene.

Right at the scene, the two young men declared their names as Trinh Dinh Phu and Trinh Dinh Hao, both dwelling in Thuan Yen Commune in Ha Tien City. 

Currently, the case is being further investigated for clarification.

This is the first time authorities in Ha Tien City have recorded a heist with a gun.

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Two cars with same plate number seized after encounter on Hanoi street

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Two cars carrying the same license plate number were temporarily confiscated by police to verify a bogus license plate after they coincidentally appeared on the same street in Hanoi.

Traffic police in Hanoi on Tuesday said that police officers in Van Phuc Ward, Ha Dong District were holding two Mercedes-Benz cars with the same color, both numbered 30E-488.16, after a video showing these two automobiles traveling on Van Phuc Street in the same district had gone viral on social media on Sunday.

Police in Ha Dong District also summoned the people who claim to be the owners of the vehicles to the Van Phuc Ward police station to clarify which of the number plates was illegal.

According to a source, the number plate 30E-488.16 in the system of Vietnam Register, which is in charge of car registration and inspection, belongs to a Mercedes-Benz car produced in 2011 and was registered for the first time in March 2012.

According to the records, its owner is a limited company based in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

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Van Don Airport in northern Vietnam reopens after one-month halt

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has approved the reopening of Van Don Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province from 6:01 am on Wednesday after one month of closure in adherence to a COVID-19 prevention mandate.

The halt of the airport was originally planned to last only one day from 12:00 pm January 28 after a case of COVID-19 transmission was confirmed in the locale earlier that day. 

However, it was extended multiple times and lasted over one month due to the complex development of the epidemic. 

On March 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) appealed to the Ministry of Transport to reopen Van Don Airport from 6:01 am on March 3, considering the attempt to contain COVID-19 in Quang Ninh is seeing great results.

According to the CAAV, by Monday, the Van Don Airport had been thoroughly fumigated to prepare for its resumption.

Meanwhile, all officers and workers of the airport have completed either self-isolation or concentrated quarantine, besides receiving the third negative result in COVID-19 testing by February 26.

Vehicles and functional devices at Van Don Airport have also received maintenance, while staffers for security operations and safety measures have been ensured.

Vietnam Airlines will be the first carrier to reconnect the Ho Chi Minh City – Van Don route after the airport’s reopening, with a frequency of one flight per week every Wednesday from March 3 to 17 and three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from March 18 till the end of the year.

Flights will depart from Ho Chi Minh City on 1:00 am and leave Van Don on 3:45 pm.

Vietnam has recorded 2,475 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning, with 1,898 recoveries and 35 virus-related fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The Southeast Asian country had spent nearly two months detecting zero community cases before it found the first one on January 27 and confirmed it one day later.

Quang Ninh Province has reported 61 COVID-19 cases since, but it has so far gone three weeks without recording any new transmission. 

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