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15 people flouting COVID-19 restrictions found in refrigerated truck in southern Vietnam

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Police in Vietnam confirmed on Monday they had caught 15 people hiding inside a refrigerated truck in an attempt to dodge inspection at a local COVID-19 checkpoint.

A patrol team of the Ham Tan District police in Binh Thuan Province inspected the refrigerated truck numbered 51D-382.14 over suspicious signs while it was parked at a restaurant in Tan Duc Commune at around 10:00 pm on Sunday.

As driver Le Van Tuan’s responses to the functional force’s questions were conflicting, the officers requested the 39-year-old man hailing from Ham Thuan Nam District in the same province to open his refrigerated trailer and discovered 15 people and baggage inside.

The patrol team immediately escorted the refrigerated truck and the people in question to the Tan Duc COVID-19 checkpoint for further clarification.

At the checkpoint, all of the 15 people in the truck and driver Tuan presented a valid certificate of negative COVID-19 testing.

Tuan then confessed that he had made deals with some passenger bus operators to illegally transport the 15 people through COVID-19 checkpoints for VND700,000(US$31) per person. 

Police officers found 15 people hiding in a refrigerated truck in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, September 12, 2021. Video: Binh Thuan traffic police

Following Tuan’s confession, the patrol team managed to find out a passenger bus, numbered 61A-310.27, and a car carrying the license plate 75A-170.78 waiting to pick up the 15 people at two nearby petrol stations at 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm on the same day, respectively.

The police officers also apprehended the passenger bus driver, 37-year-old Ngo Van Vu from north-central Thanh Hoa Province, and the car driver, 42-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Hung from central Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Vu and Hung later admitted to carrying the 15 people in question from different localities.

The two men transferred their passengers to Tuan’s refrigerated truck at Long Khanh Bus Station in southern Dong Nai Province, which borders Binh Thuan, in the hope that the disguised vehicle could take the illegal travelers through checkpoints without attracting attention.

Police officers book a case of illegally transporting passengers in a refrigerated truck from Dong Nai Province to Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, September 12, 2021. Photo: Binh Thuan traffic police

Police officers book a case of illegally transporting passengers in a refrigerated truck from Dong Nai Province to Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, September 12, 2021. Photo: Binh Thuan traffic police

The truck successfully passed several roadblocks without undergoing inspection before being discovered in Tan Duc Commune.

The patrol team booked the case and transferred the report to traffic inspectors for administrative sanctions on all of the 18 people for their violations against the pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Car driver Hung was separately booked for failing to present a driver’s license upon the officers’ request and had his car seized for further investigation and handling.

Officers also turned all of the 18 people around in the direction back to Dong Nai Province, preventing them from coming further into Binh Thuan Province.

But Binh Thuan authorities later decided to send them to local quarantine centers, pending their cooperation with relevant provinces to bring the 15 passengers back to their hometowns.

Police officers book a case of illegally transporting passengers in a refrigerated truck from Dong Nai Province to Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, September 12, 2021. Photo: Binh Thuan traffic police

Police officers book a case of illegally transporting passengers in a refrigerated truck from Dong Nai Province to Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, September 12, 2021. Photo: Binh Thuan traffic police

Dong Nai has been placed under enhanced social distancing according to the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 until Wednesday, while Ham Tan District in Binh Thuan Province has applied the less stringent Directive No. 15 for COVID -19 prevention purposes, with commercial passenger transport services between them suspended.

Dong Nai is currently the third hardest-hit locality in Vietnam since the emergence of a new coronavirus infection wave on April 27, with 35,584 local cases, after Ho Chi Minh City with 303,475 and Binh Duong Province with 160,669.

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People enjoy outdoor exercise in Ho Chi Minh City’s low-risk district

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Residents of two wards in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City took part in physical activities at local parks for the first time in months on Tuesday afternoon as local authorities began piloting another step to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

The People’s Committee of District 7 held a ceremony to launch a trial of the resumption of physical training and sports facilities on Tuesday afternoon, following the announcement of the scheme a day earlier.

The new regulation took effect immediately for people living in the district’s Tan Phong and Tan Phu Wards, home to a large expat community, before being applied to all wards.

Residents of those two wards are allowed to walk and exercise in two parks — Canh Doi on N-Nam Street and the S area of Nam Vien Park — and five tennis courts for a ten-day period until September 30.

The time frame for outdoor exercises is regulated at 6:00 am – 8:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, while only those that have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or recovered from the disease within the past six months are permitted to work out.

They must reside in a green zone as shown in the city’s COVID-19 map bando.tphcm.gov.vn and register with ward authorities for permission.

Everyone must wear face masks and keep a distance of two meters from one another while the number of people is limited at the scale of one person per ten square meters.

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk on a footbridge at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

If the trial phase goes smoothly, from October 1 onward, outdoor exercise and sports activities would be expanded to all ten wards of District 7.

Indoor sports clubs, football fields, stadiums, and all parks equipped with workout equipment are expected to resume operation in this period.

In this phase, those having one COVID-19 shot would be allowed to exercise while wearing a mask would be mandatory.

A woman goes for a walk with her baby at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A woman goes for a walk with her baby on a footbridge at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

The epicenter of Vietnam’s fourth COVID-19 wave that emerged in late April, with 348,220 community transmissions, Ho Chi Minh City has gone through various levels of social distancing since June.

Tuesday afternoon is the first time people in District 7 have stepped out of their homes for outdoor exercises since July 9 as the city’s dwellers have been requested not to make unnecessary travels.

The district’s authorities have gradually loosened COVID-19 restrictions after declaring its control over the coronavirus pandemic.

“I feel excited to go for a walk in the park as I’ve never stayed home for so long,” said Nguyen Thi Thanh, a resident of Tan Phong Ward.

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A man goes for a walk with his son at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A man goes for a walk with his son at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People are granted permits to go for walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People are granted permits to go for walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

An officer patrols as people go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

An officer patrols as people go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

Storm Dianmu has damaged a house in Binh Dong Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, September 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Linh


Two hours after making landfall on Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai provinces early Friday, Dianmu has weakened into a depression.

The storm entered the central strip of Vietnam around 4 a.m. Friday.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the depression that used to be the storm now lies at the Vietnam-Laos border area, with its strongest wind speed at 40 kph.

No human casualties have been reported so far.

Within Friday, it will move in the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15-20 kph.

Under the storm’s influence, provinces along the central strip from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh had received rainfall of 100-200 millimeters and up to 350 millimeters in several places from 7 a.m. on Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai received rainfall of 80-150 mm and more than 150 mm at some places.

Provinces of Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue should expect rainfall of 80-150 mm or higher within Friday.

Dinanmu is the sixth storm that has entered the East Sea so far this year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/storm-dianmu-weakens-into-tropical-depression-after-hitting-central-vietnam-4361287.html

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Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support

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According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

Tu Anh

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/over-67-of-covid-19-patients-at-hcm-city-covid-19-resuscitation-hospital-need-psychological-support-776618.html

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