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101 Vietnam Airlines staff quarantined in HCMC camp

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101 Vietnam Airlines staff quarantined in HCMC camp

Health staff screen Vietnam Airlines’ flight crew returning from South Korea at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, September 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.


101 employees have been quarantined at the HCMC’s Cu Chi Field Hospital after two Vietnam Airlines facilities were shut down.

On December 2, authorities in HCMC shut down two isolation facilities of Vietnam Airlines on Hong Ha Street in Tan Binh District as ordered by the health minister.

The order came after one of the carrier’s flight attendants, “Patient 1342,” contracted the virus from a colleague while being quarantined at the facility before returning home for self-isolation and spreading the virus to his friend, “Patient 1347.”

A representative of Vietnam Airlines said 101 staff of the airline – 48 pilots, 16 flight attendants and ground and aircraft maintenance staff – have been taken to the field hospital in the outlying Cu Chi District.

Carriers are allowed to set up their own isolation facilities to serve quarantine demand for pilots and flight attendants. Since last June, Vietnam Airlines has been operating two isolation facilities in HCMC and one in Hanoi.

At these facilities, the flight crew would undergo two tests at least 72 hours in between. If the results of both tests were negative for the novel coronavirus, they would be allowed to go home and self-quarantine themselves for 14 days.

The flight attendant, 28, had returned to Vietnam from Japan on November 14 and was quarantined for four days at the facility. After two tests showed he was negative for the coronavirus, he was released and asked to isolate himself at home.

On November 29, the flight attendant tested positive for the virus.

Currently the airline has more than 1,000 pilots and about 3,500 flight attendants.

Earlier, in order to ensure availability of staff for subsequent flights, Vietnam Airlines allowed the flight crew to continue joining other flights as long as they showed two negative results though they had not completed a 14-day quarantine period.

The national flag carrier issued a public apology following its flight attendant breaking quarantine rules during his home-isolation period, resulting in Vietnam’s third Covid-19 outbreak by community transmission.

The carrier said “the flight attendant had seriously violated quarantine regulations of the government and the company.” After completing treatment and quarantine procedures, he will be disciplined, it said in a statement.

The airline is also evaluating and clarifying the responsibilities of people involved.

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said the ministry will seek feedback from relevant agencies to decide punitive measures against Vietnam Airlines for failing to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at its quarantine facilities.

The Vietnam Airlines representative said the carrier would propose that all staff are tested three to four times during the quarantine period instead of the current protocol of two.

The Vietnam Airlines’ quarantine facility in Hanoi is quarantining 164 staff. The capital city’s health department has not yet decided to shut down the facility.

At a government meeting Tuesday, Hanoi and HCMC proposed scrapping preferential quarantine regulations for aviation staff. Flight crew members returning from abroad should instead be sent to centralized quarantine facilities for the usual 14-day isolation.

Airlines whose crew flout Covid-19 quarantine rules and transmit the infection will not be allowed to operate international flights, the Ministry of Transport warned Tuesday.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/101-vietnam-airlines-staff-quarantined-in-hcmc-camp-4200454.html

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Cold front returns, temperature to dive in northern, central Vietnam

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The temperature is forecast to plummet below zero degree Celsius again in northern mountainous provinces from Sunday, while it is likely to drop in the central region, under the influence of an increased cold front from Saturday night.

The cold spell is moving southward, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, and will leave its first impact on the northern mountainous provinces, then other places in the region, the central area and finally some south-central localities.

There will be rain and medium rain in the northern region Saturday night to Sunday morning and light rain in the central area on Sunday.

Localities in northern and north-central regions will experience extreme cold, especially in northern Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, and Lao Cai Provinces, with temperature falling to 8-11 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in the mountainous region will range between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius, with some high mountainous places to see mercury as low as below zero degree Celsius.

Sleet – a mixture of rain and snow – will be expected in Ha Giang and Lao Cai Provinces.

Temperatures in north-central provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai will be around 14-18 degrees Celsius.

In the Central Highlands and south-central regions, people may feel extremely cold in the early morning and night of Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the southern region, the weather will also get colder.

From Monday, northern localities will see the return of sunlight during the day while the extreme cold will continue in the early morning and at night.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has ordered subordinate authorities to implement measures to keep the elderly, children, and students safe, in order to avoid similar damages caused by a previous strong cold spell hitting the north and north central provinces from January 7-11.

The students can be allowed to stay home if necessary.

Protection measures for animals and plants should also be carried out.

In addition, there must be proper safety guidelines for visitors looking to see frost and snow at tourist destinations.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210116/cold-front-returns-temperature-to-dive-in-northern-central-vietnam/58819.html

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Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

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Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Upgrade of the 3.2 kilometer (2 mile) long street, which connects downtown District 1 with District 2 through Binh Thanh District, was launched in October 2019 at a cost of VND470 billion ($20.39 million).

Work on the section from Ton Duc Thang Street to Thu Thiem Bridge has been completed, with the remaining section from Thu Thiem Bridge to Saigon Bridge still under repair.

Phan Duc, head of the project management board, said it is 70 percent complete and that work would commence through the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, to complete before April 30.

The construction site currently hosts 70 types of machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and about 150 workers, including more than 50 for night shifts.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Near the foot of Saigon Bridge, drill operator Nguyen Truong Phuc works to reduce subsidence, one of the first stages in upgrading the flood-prone street.

“I have been working here for two months, mainly at night. It’s quite stressful, operating the machine all night and concentrating for long hours,” the 32-year-old said.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

A few meters away, Ngoc Nam repairs drills chipped during construction.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Near an overpass, a group of workers use excavators and dump trucks to relocate the old drainage system to replace with a new version.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Workers from Gia Dinh Water Supply Company install a new water supply pipe. Affected families are usually informed before work commences at night to avoid disturbances.

The upgrade will see the road surface rise from 0.5 to 1.2 meters. Low-lying houses on both sides will benefit from new, wide sidewalks accessible via three-step staircases.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Bulldozers operate at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Huu Canh streets.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Built in 1997 and opened to traffic in 2002, the VND420 billion ($18.1 million) Nguyen Huu Canh Street was expected to improve traffic flow in HCMC.

But not long after its opening, the street subsided and began flooding each time it rained.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Tran Van Cuong guides a pump into a manhole on a newly-surfaced road section.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

As temperature drops to 19 degrees Celsius at night, Dao Van Xuyen, 40, often wraps himself in a scarf, two layers of T-shirts, and a pair of gloves.

Xuyen only moved to HCMC two months ago. His main work involves leveling crushed stones, watering and pouring concrete. He often chooses to work the night shift because the salary is higher than the day shift, at about VND500,000 ($21.64) per night.

“For me, this job is quite suitable since it doesn’t require high expertise but pays well. I’ll try earn some money to return home to celebrate Tet,” the worker from Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam said.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

At about 2 a.m., Dang Minh Tri eats a cup of instant noodles. He works about four nights a week drilling and mixing mortar.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/news/workers-brave-the-night-to-speed-up-work-on-hcmc-flood-prone-street-4222024.html

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Vietnam to become first country to produce vaccine for ASF

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Vietnam completed the study and pilot programme of its vaccine for ASF and is expected to start commercial production from the second quarter of this year.

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Vietnam to issue vaccine for ASF in second quarter

Once the products are officially launched, Vietnam will become the first country in the world manufacturing a vaccine for ASF.

Navetco National Veterinary JSC (Navetco) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development finished the pilot programme on 72 pigs in normal condition with a 100 per cent success ratio. The pilot was also applied to crossbred pigs. According to Navetco, the vaccine takes 14 days to show results..

Phung Duc Tien, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said, “The vaccine is sure to be effective because no pigs tested positive for the ASF epidemic after being injected.”

The vaccine was developed basing on the gene I177L from the US. The US studied this virus for 10 years. In February last year, Vietnam requested the United States to transfer genetically altered samples of the ASF virus it has developed to facilitate vaccine production. Vietnam plans to manufacture four batches of the vaccine with 10,000 doses each.

Vietnam National University of Agriculture started researching a vaccine last March. Thus far, it has developed four vaccines, one of which has shown encouraging results in 13 of the 14 pigs tested.

The Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Sciences’ research teams has also created a new vaccine piloted at three pig farms in the northern provinces of Hung Yen, Ha Nam, and Thai Binh. Of the total vaccinated animals, 16 out of 18 sows and all 15 pigs for meat were in healthy condition after two months, with some of the sows giving birth to healthy piglets. VIR

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vietnam-to-become-first-country-to-produce-vaccine-for-asf-706067.html

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