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Army disinfects cancer hospital following cluster of COVID-19 infections



Army personnel sprayed disfectants at the Tân Triều facility of National Cancer Hospital (K Hospital) in the outlying district of Thanh Trì Friday afternoon. — VNA/ Photo Minh Đức

HÀ NỘI — The military sprayed disinfectant at the Tân Triều facility of the National Cancer Hospital (K Hospital) in Hà Nội’s outlying district of Thanh Trì Friday afternoon after a cluster of 10 COVID-19 infections were found here.

Forty-five officers, including 20 from the chemical arm of the military and 25 from the Hà Nội Military Command, in full protective suits along with two decontamination vehicles and two chemical sprayers were deployed to shower antiseptic solutions (mostly Chloramine B) over several areas of the facility.

The units were also deployed to disinfect the Kim Chung facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Đông Anh District on Thursday as 38 positive COVID-19 cases were detected at the hospital – including medical workers – along with several others related to people who had spent time at the hospital.

All three K Hospital facilities in Hà Nội were put under lockdown from Friday morning following the news of the positive tests from six patients and four relatives of the patients – all in the hepatobiliary faculty of the Tân Triều facility.

Initial investigations show the source of infection could be a 63-year-old woman from Nam Định Province who had undergone treatment at the tropical diseases hospital for about a month since March 30 and was transferred to the K Hospital on April 27, deputy health minister Trần Văn Thuấn said during a trip to the perimeter of the hospital with Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Chu Ngọc Anh on Friday morning.

For the time being, K Hospital will only admit serious cases lower-level medical establishments can’t handle, Thuấn said, adding that contact tracing and testing of all patients, visitors, staff and service workers at the hospital must be sped up.

Further measures would be implemented depending on the seriousness of the outbreak, he added, and in the meantime, all medical staff, patients and their relatives will be quarantined within the hospital until further notice.

The 5am notification of the hospital’s lockdown surprised many patients, visitors and family members of inpatients, leading to a crowd forming outside the hospital in the following hours.

Thuấn said Hà Nội’s authorities should conduct COVID-19 testing for all people surrounding the hospital as well.

Chu Ngọc Anh said the Tân Triều outbreak is much more complex than the outbreak in tropical diseases hospital as it is near a residential area.

He urged nearby residents to be more cautious and follow prevention measures like wearing masks and refrain from large gatherings.

The city will ensure the supply of essential products and goods to the hospital while police will maintain checkpoints around the hospital to ensure no unauthorised exits or entries and to keep surrounding businesses shut.

Hà Nội’s leader also dismissed the possibility of a city-wide lockdown at the time being.

The northern province of Ninh Bình, due to COVID-19 developments, has decided to stop receiving visitors to its religious and tourism sites since Friday morning until further notice

The province also ordered that all incoming arrivals from areas with COVID-19 cases in the community and especially patients or relatives that have gone to the tropical diseases hospital in Hà Nội since April 14 must declare their health status and travel history.

Kindergarten schools will be shut starting next Monday, while primary to high schools can stay open but with COVID-19 prevention measures tightened. —



Ho Chi Minh City to kick off largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination drive on weekend



A mass coronavirus inoculation drive with over 800,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be carried out in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday at around 1,000 vaccination points, a high-ranking health official has said.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son made the statement on Thursday when he joined the municipal Pasteur Institute to inspect the storage of 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine jabs having been allocated by the central government to the city.

These doses, developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, are among nearly one million shots of the vaccine the Japanese government donated to Vietnam on Wednesday. 

This allocation reflected a priority the government and the National Vaccine Steering Board has given to the nine-million-strong city to help it expand the immunization coverage and thereby drive back the increasing COVID-19 spread, which has so far affected the entire southern city, Deputy Minister Son said. 

The vaccine doses underwent required tests lasting for 48 hours at the Vaccine Testing Institute for safety certification before use, the deputy minister said.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival in the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on late June 16, 2021.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 16, 2021.

The vaccination drive is expected to start on Saturday at 1,000 points of inoculation citywide and will last for five or seven days, making it the largest-ever mass COVID-19 immunization in the city.

The inoculation will be intended for priority subjects designated by the government and others including essential service providers, teachers, health workers, people working at administrative agencies, people over 65 years old, and workers at industrial parks and export processing zones.

Each point will vaccinate 200 people per day, which means a total of 200,000 people can receive injections per day.

City authorities have drawn up a plan to mobilize all possible health workers and facilities for the mass inoculation, the deputy minister said, adding that lists of vaccination must be made available within Friday.

“It is a principle that this mass immunization is conducted quickly but must ensure absolute safety for vaccinated people,” Son requested.

Ho Chi Minh City health authorities recently reported that around 11,000 locals have been vaccinated since June 3, bringing the total number of inoculated people to about 84,000 since the city began its immunization program on March 8.

Nationwide, nearly two million vaccine shots had been administered and 90,000 people had received the full two doses by Thursday, according to the health ministry’s data. 

The ministry confirmed 121 new coronavirus cases at noon on Friday, including 119 domestic and two imported cases, of which 59 were detected Ho Chi Minh City.

The new cases have taken the Southeast Asian country’s tally of patients to 12,352, including 62 deaths, since early 2020.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, the country has documented 9,114 domestic infections.

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases



Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

Medical staffs take samples for Covid-19 test in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Health authorities confirmed 59 new local Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the national tally in the fourth wave starting April 27 to 9,173.

Of the new cases, 30 were recorded in HCMC, 19 in Bac Giang, six in Bac Ninh, three in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

All the cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh are associated with current outbreaks in the industrial parks there. The cases in HCMC and Ha Tinh are related to the previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam recorded 259 community transmissions in total Friday. Eighty discharges the same day raised the total number of recoveries to 4,733.

Of the 9,173 domestic cases recorded in 41 localities in the latest Covid-19 wave, Bac Giang, neighboring Bac Ninh and HCMC account for 5,083, 1,470 and 1,346, respectively.


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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam



Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son has signed a decision allowing three foreign centres for education quality accreditation to operate in Vietnam.

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FPT University completes quality accreditation in line with new assessment standards (Photo: FTU)

Accordingly, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN), which are based in Germany, will operate in Vietnam for five years.

Of the organisations, ASIIN and AQAS have been recognised by the German Accreditation Council.

FIBAA was licensed to implement evaluation and recognition of higher education establishments and programmes in the fields of law, business, management, social science and social and behavioral sciences.

Meanwhile, ASIIN will provide evaluation and recognition of higher education institutions and training programmes specialising in natural sciences, engineering and statistics, computing and information technology, educational science, and teacher training.

AQAS is allowed to evaluate and recognise higher education institutions and training programmes at all levels in line with Vietnam’s regulations./.

Source: VNA


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