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All direct contacts of recent local coronavirus infections in Ho Chi Minh City negative

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The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control said on Saturday morning that all people in direct contact with recently announced local COVID-19 cases had tested negative for the virus.  

A total of 2,261 people in contact with patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 were tested for the novel coronavirus.

Among them, 861 were F1 individuals – people who had direct contact with positive COVID-19 cases, and 1,400 were F2 people who had direct contact with the F1s.

In addition, 655 others were tested for community review, bringing the total number of people taking the virus test to 2,916.

Results of 2,528 samples returned negative for the virus, while the remaining 384 community review samples are still waiting for test results.

As many as 295 people are being quarantined in concentrated centers whereas nearly 566 others are isolated at home or other accommodations, and four are monitored at medical facilities.

Ho Chi Minh City recorded no new local COVID-19 cases for three days in a row as of Saturday morning.

The four patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 are now in good health, said Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control.

Before patient 1,342’s third test returned positive for the virus, he had developed some mild symptoms such as fatigue, stuffy nose, sore throat, sputum, and decreased appetite, while the other three cases were asymptomatic.

Patient 1,342, a 28-year-old flight attendant with Vietnam Airlines, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on November 28 while self-quarantining.

He returned to Vietnam from Japan on flight VN5301 on November 14 and was quarantined at a facility managed by Vietnam Airlines at 115 Hong Ha Street in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City from November 14 to 18.

When staying at the quarantine center, the flight attendant came into contact with his colleague, patient 1,325, who was also put in quarantine there, but in a different isolation area.

As patient 1,342’s first two tests for the virus while at the quarantine facility returned negative, the flight attendant was let go to self-isolate at home, as per regulations.

He hosted a male friend during the self-quarantine at his home.

The flight attendant also visited several public places, including his university, and came into contact with many others during that period.

He was registered as patient 1,342 on November 29.

The friend who stayed with him was confirmed as patient 1,347 on Monday.

Two other individuals who had been in direct contact with the friend were then confirmed as patients 1,348 and 1,349 on Tuesday.

Vietnam has recorded 1,361 coronavirus patients as of Saturday afternoon, with 1,220 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Before the detection of patient 1,347, the country had gone 88 days with zero domestic infections.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20201205/all-direct-contacts-of-recent-local-coronavirus-infections-in-ho-chi-minh-city-negative/58126.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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