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Almost 12,000 new COVID-19 infections reported across Vietnam

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The Ministry of Health confirmed 11,811 new coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Wednesday, together with 25,951 recoveries and 125 deaths.

The latest transmissions, including 22 imported and 11,789 local cases, were reported in 59 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 6,578 patients contracted the virus in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City logged 1,666 of the domestic infections, Can Tho City 766, Tay Ninh Province 754, Binh Duong Province 696, Dong Thap Province 625, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 586, Dong Nai Province 580, Binh Thuan Province 470, Hanoi 274, Bac Ninh Province 241, Khanh Hoa Province 183, Thua Thien-Hue Province 82, Da Nang 60, Hai Phong City 36, and Lam Dong Province 24.

Vietnam had confirmed 11,126 domestically-acquired infections on Tuesday.

The country has detected 1,150,625 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave flared up on April 27. A total of 934,444 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City leads the caseload with 460,789 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 278,102, Dong Nai Province with 83,965, Long An Province with 37,571, Tien Giang Province with 24,116, An Giang Province with 21,317, Tay Ninh Province with 21,476, Dong Thap Province with 18,408, Binh Thuan Province with 13,589, Khanh Hoa Province with 11,818, Can Tho City with 12,274, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 11,030, Hanoi with 8,580, and Da Nang with 5,592.

Vietnam recorded a mere 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.

The health ministry announced 25,951 recovered patients on Wednesday, lifting the total to 937,261.

The toll has ascended to 24,243 fatalities after the ministry documented 125 deaths on the same day, including 62 in Ho Chi Minh City, 15 in Binh Duong Province, 11 in Dong Nai Province, and the remaining in 16 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has logged 1,155,778 infections since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.

Health workers have given close to 113 million vaccine doses, including 2,030,162 jabs on Tuesday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

Almost 70 million of the country’s 98 million people have got at least one dose while more than 45 million are now fully vaccinated.

Health authorities target to fully inoculate 80 percent of the adults and 100 percent of those aged 12 to under 18 by the end of this year, according to a draft government plan for COVID-19 response in 2021-23.

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Public hospitals in HCM City set aside beds for COVID-19 patients

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Doctors at Bình Thạnh No.1 Field Hospital in HCM City treat COVID-19 patients. VNA/ Photo

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Health on Thursday asked all public hospitals in the city to set aside at least 10 per cent of hospital beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients amid a surge in hospitalisations and deaths and the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Hospitals in the city have been asked to prepare medicine and medical devices for the clinical management of COVID-19.

Designated isolation areas at hospitals are being shifted to COVID-19 treatment units, the department said in a document sent to leaders of hospitals.

Hospitals have also been asked to restructure their operation to make it fit with requirements for COVID-19 treatment, and maintain health check-ups and treatment for other diseases.

Tier-one general hospitals and specialised hospitals in pediatrics and infectious diseases have been asked to set up COVID-19 intensive care units to treat severe cases. A COVID-19 department should be established at these hospitals, it said.

The department has designated nine major hospitals in the city to receive severe cases from lower-tier hospitals, including Chợ Rẫy, Thống Nhất, HCM City Medical University, Huế Central Hospital in HCM City, Gia Định People, People 115, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 175 Military Hospital, and Phước Lộc field hospital.

Four hospitals – Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Trưng Vương, An Bình and Củ Chi District hospitals – which fully shifted to COVID-19 treatment have maintained operation since the city lifted the lockdown on October 1.

Six hospitals which partly shifted to COVID-19 treatment, including Municipal Children Hospital, Eastern People Military Hospital, and Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Từ Dũ, Hùng Vương and Nguyễn Tri Phương hospitals, have also maintained operation.

These 10 hospitals are operating with 4,300 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients.

Thirteen city-level field hospitals with 22,000 beds, 16 district-level field hospitals with 8,000 beds, and 65 health facilities with 9,000 beds in the city are offering COVID-19 treatment.

The Department of Health has asked hospital leaders to allocate medical workers to provide health care and treatment for COVID-19 patients.

A total of 86,000 people with COVID-19 are under quarantine and treatment in the city, including more than 66,000 people receiving home-based care.

More than 14,000 patients with moderate and severe symptoms are being treated at hospitals in the city. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1092012/public-hospitals-in-hcm-city-set-aside-beds-for-covid-19-patients.html

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Woman arrested after being wanted for 16 years in Vietnam

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Police in Vietnam have arrested a woman who had been at large for nearly 16 years after being convicted of a drug-related crime.

The Department of Public Security in southern Kien Giang Province confirmed on Sunday it had apprehended Le Thi Kim Tu, 41.

Police investigation showed that Tu and her husband were caught red-handed selling drugs in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2001.

The couple lived with their child in Hoc Mon District at the time.

In mid-2002, Tu was sentenced to seven years in prison while her husband got six years for illegally trading narcotics.

The woman was allowed to postpone her jail term as she needed to take care of her child, who was under 36 months old.

She was thus taken to Kien Giang Province so that authorities could supervise her during this period.

When Tu was ready to serve her prison sentence in 2005, officers found that she had run away from her place of residence.

The woman had been wanted by Kien Giang police since then.

Over the past 16 years, Tu had been living in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang after changing her name.

She had a romantic relationship with a local man and eventually lived with him and his family.

Following a recent argument, Tu attempted to attack her boyfriend’s mother with a knife.

Local police intervened in the incident and summoned Tu to their station for a working session.

Officers in Tien Giang eventually discovered Tu’s true identity and reported the case to their counterparts in Kien Giang Province.

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HCMC: eateries continuously allowed to operate until 10pm

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The People’s Committee of HCMC has approved a decision to extend a pilot program allowing food and drink facilities to operate until 10 p.m.

HCMC: eateries continuously allowed to operate until 10pm

The decision that has not required eateries to close before 10 p.m. will take effect from now until December 31.

Accordingly, businesses are allowed to operate in districts with the Covid-19 alert levels 1 and 2, resume on-site dining at 50 percent of their normal customer capacity in areas at the Covid-19 alert level 3 and move to mobile ordering and takeaway in the areas under the level 4.

The municipal government has also delegated chairpersons of the People’s Committees of Thu Duc City and districts to strengthen the inspection of food and beverage businesses serving alcoholic drinks and impose strict fines on violators

The city has seen the reopening of 9,796 food and drink services in Thu Duc City and districts, and 3,732 others selling alcoholic drinks from November 16-30, according to the Department of Industry and Trade.

The experimental program allowing dining venues to operate until 10 pm daily has made outstanding contribution in stimulating consumption demand, production activities and trading; increasing State budget; creating jobs; and relieving the pressure on people, said the department.

However, many businesses have not ensured a safe distance of two meters between tables and registered for QR code yet. They have not got organizational business planning and publicized their maximum approved seating capacity. Some localities have not strictly carried out the inspection of food and beverage establishments’ activities.

On November 16, the HCMC People’s Committee previously launched a decision No.3818 on allowing food and drink facilities to resume on-site dining until 10 pm daily. The decision took effect until November 30.

Source: SGGP

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