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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News — October 21

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Read what is in the news today:

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— The foreign ministers of Kuwait and the Maldives on Tuesday sent their condolences over the heavy losses caused by serious flooding and landslides in central Vietnam.

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— The death toll from the recent severe flooding caused by torrential rains in the central region of Vietnam reached 106 on Tuesday, while 27 others were missing, according to the Office of the Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

— Rescuers managed to save 20 people stranded on a stalled boat swept away by floodwaters in the flood-hit Xuan Thuy Commune of Le Thuy District in the north-central province of Quang Binh on Tuesday night.

— The North-South railway was resumed on Wednesday after three days of suspension because its section through Quang Binh had been submerged in floodwaters.

— Military forces and police officers in Tay Giang District, located in the central province of Quang Nam, have been running against the clock to evacuate local people from places at risk of landslides due to torrential rains.

— Police in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on Tuesday night said that they had arrested three men from the north-central province of Quang Tri for making a counterfeit website of a national TV show to con Internet users out of more than VND46 billion (US$1.98 million).

— Tropical storm Saudel has picked up more strength, packing winds at 60-75km per hour as of 4:00 am on Wednesday, while heading for the central region of Vietnam, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

— Can Tho, the capital of the namesake Mekong Delta city, experienced the third straight day of rising tidal water on Tuesday.

Business

— In its latest macroeconomic report on Vietnam titled ‘Vietnam – Q3 Disruption, But Recovery Remains Intact,’ Standard Chartered Bank forecast that the growth of the Southeast Asian country’s economy will slow down to three percent in 2020 and rise to 7.8 percent in 2021.

— The Vietnam International Advertising Equipment & Technology Exhibition – VietAd 2020, featuring 180 display booths of more than 60 enterprises in the industry, opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday and will run until Friday.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20201021/breakfast-tuoi-tre-news-october-21/57365.html

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Two Laotian nationals caught in possession of significant drugs haul

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Border guards operating in the northern province of Dien Bien recently detained two Laotian citizens as they were in the process of attempting to smuggle a large quantity of drugs into the nation.

The pair were caught red-handed along the country’s border with Laos in Pa Kha hamlet of Na Bung commune in Nam Po district at 10 p.m. on December 3. According to Dien Bien border guards on duty at the time, the Laotian nationals were in possession of 90,000 pills of recreational drugs.

As a means of smuggling the drugs into the nation, the pills had been tightly wrapped inside a number of nylon bags before being hidden within their backpacks.

The drug traffickers were later identified as Vang Chong Vu, 35, and Vang A De, 26, both of whom have Laotian nationality and reside in Samphanh district of Phongsaly province in Laos.

Upon being questioned by local police forces, the pair confessed to transporting the large drugs haul from Oudomxay province in Laos across the border, with the intention of selling the drugs to a Vietnamese person named Tu at price of VND800 million, equal to US$34,782.

At present, the case remains under further investigation. VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/two-laotian-nationals-caught-in-possession-of-significant-drugs-haul-695091.html

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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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Central province to quarantine HCMC entrants to stem Covid-19 spread

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Central province to quarantine HCMC entrants to stem Covid-19 spread

Body temperature scanners are put at the Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam Province for Covid-19 prevention, July 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.


Quang Nam Province would place people that have frequented the same HCMC locations as its current Covid-19 cases into centralized quarantine upon entry.

The decision applies to those who have visited 16 HCMC locations, including certain gyms, karaoke parlors, malls and restaurants frequented by newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, Tran Van Tan, the province’s deputy chairman, said Saturday. They would have to report to authorities immediately and enter centralized quarantine for 14 days, he stressed.

“They will be tested for the novel coronavirus twice as per existing protocols. Once the centralized quarantine period is up, they would be self-isolated at home for 14 days,” he said, adding the move seeks to actively prevent Covid-19 from entering Quang Nam.

Besides the 16 locations, those entering Quang Nam from HCMC’s Tan Binh, Binh Tan, District 6 and District 10 are also requested to self-isolate at home for 14 days. The province has also ramped up Covid-19 prevention efforts, including telling people to wear masks outside their homes.

In central Nghe An Province, the provincial department of health on Friday requested relevant authorities to track the health status of anyone entering the locality from HCMC recently. Those suspected to be infected, came in contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases or stem from locations with high risks of infection must be tested and quarantined, the department stated.

The Nghe An Center for Disease Control (CDC) must be ready to perform mass Covid-19 testing if requested as well, the department added.

Quang Nam and Nghe An’s measures came after Vietnam’s first Covid-19 community transmission case in nearly three months was confirmed in HCMC on November 30.

The patient, a 32-year-old English teacher in HCMC, has since infected at least two others: his one-year-old nephew and a 28-year-old student. All these cases originated from another Covid-19 patient, a 28-year-old Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who breached quarantine protocols and got himself infected by another crew member.

As of Saturday, HCMC has four Covid-19 community transmission cases.

Vietnam has recorded 1,365 Covid-19 patients so far, including four imported cases reported Saturday evening. Thirty-five have succumbed to the disease, many being elderly patients with underlying conditions like diabetes or kidney failure.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/central-province-to-quarantine-hcmc-entrants-to-stem-covid-19-spread-4201980.html

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