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Eateries close shortly after reopening over fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Da Nang



Eateries in Da Nang are closing again after having offered dine-in service for only a few days, as authorities have restarted several COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

On Sunday afternoon, staff members of local restaurants, diners, and cafés put away tables and chairs to prepare for another suspension of sit-down service.

N.T.K., owner of a coffee shop, said he finished serving his last customers at 11:30 am the same day.

The store started offering sit-down service about 10 days ago, but business has been quite slow.

The situation was just about to improve when the city reinstated the ban, K. said.

Employees of a coffee shop prepare for the suspension of sit-down service in Da Nang City, June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

Employees of a coffee shop prepare for the suspension of sit-down service in Da Nang, Vietnam, June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

“Prior to the reopening, we had to sell takeaway drinks, but the income was not very promising,” he continued.

“I understand that the pandemic is dangerous, but I may have to stop operating and return the space if this situation persists.”

Tran Van Thao, who owns a restaurant on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, said he had recently spent tens of millions of dong (VND10 million = US$433) on fresh seafood and other ingredients to serve dine-in customers.

“I may have to resell the foods to local markets before they become spoiled,” Thao elaborated.

“Business owners like me can only hope mass inoculation to be rolled out soon so that the economy can recover.”

A beer restaurant in Da Nang is closed on June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

A beer restaurant in Da Nang, Vietnam is closed on June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

Da Nang authorities allowed the resumption of sit-down service in eateries and coffee shops from June 9, after the city had not recorded a single community coronavirus case for 21 days.

However, the ban was reinstated from Sunday afternoon following the detection of a new outbreak.

The source of infection is believed to be patient No. 12,190, a driver from Ho Chi Minh City, a major coronavirus site with over 1,500 domestic cases now.

The driver transported goods from the southern city to a plastics factory in Da Nang on the early morning of June 10.

He passed a COVID-19 checkpoint at a Da Nang gateway but no one was on duty at the time.

A woman puts away tables and chairs at a café in Da Nang City, June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

A woman puts away tables and chairs at a café in Da Nang, Vietnam, June 20, 2021. Photo: Tan Luc / Tien Phong

He returned to Ho Chi Minh City later the same day and tested positive for COVID-19 on June 15.

A security guard of the plastics factory, who came into direct contact with the driver, was confirmed positive for the pathogen on Friday.

About 32 people traced to the guard had tested positive as of Sunday morning.

Vietnam has documented 13,117 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon, with 5,054 recoveries and 66 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 9,850 local infections in 42 out of its 63 provinces and cities, including 182 cases in Da Nang, since April 27, when a fresh outbreak hit the nation.

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Schools are confused about teaching integrated subjects



The new academic year has begun, but both school leaders and teachers still don’t know what they need to do when teaching integrated subjects.

Schools are confused about teaching integrated subjects

Nguyen Van Luc is a teacher of history and citizen education at the Dien Khanh Secondary School in Khanh Hoa province. He has been assigned to teach history to sixth graders.

Luc said he is drafting lesson plans to prepare for the first teaching period, slated for September 13. History is designed as a part of the integrated learning subject of history-geography, but his school has both history and geography teachers, so each teacher will be in charge of a separate subject.

The teacher is worried about the periods where he has to teach content of both history and geography.

Teachers need to have both history and geography knowledge to be able to teach the integrated subject well.

“Most teachers are trained to teach a single subject. They will surely have difficulties as they have not been well trained to teach integrated subjects,” Luc explained.

A biology teacher in HCM City said her school will still assign many teachers to teach the integrated subject of Natural Sciences. This is the best choice for now.

“I will still be able to provide physics and chemistry knowledge to students, but honestly speaking, the knowledge will be summaries, not as detailed as the knowledge provided by the teachers trained to teach these subjects,” she said.

The teacher said if the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) doesn’t have solutions about teaching staff, she fears that Natural Sciences will be just a combination of three subjects – physics, chemistry and biology.

The headmaster of a secondary school in Nghe An admitted that he is confused when assigning teachers to teach integrated subjects.

“We are seriously lacking teachers, which makes it very difficult to arrange teachers for two integrated subjects – Natural Sciences and History-Geography for sixth graders,” he complained.

Mathematics, for example, comprises of Geometry and Algebra. And Natural Sciences comprises chemistry, biology and physics sub-subjects.

“The only difference is that instead of printing lessons in three textbooks, the lessons now can be found in one textbook,” he said.

The headmaster of a school in the suburbs of Hanoi commented that the spirit of ‘integration’ still has not been ensured, because schools were assigning many teachers to teach one subject, Natural Sciences. 

Phuong Chi – Dong Ha


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New born babies recover from COVID-19




A newborn baby and mother head home after recovering from COVID-19 in Đà Nẵng. — Photo courtesy of Trần Ngọc  

ĐÀ NẴNG — Two newborn babies who contracted COVID-19 from their mothers have made a full recovering after just a week in hospital.

And four other children, under the age of four, have also been declared coronavirus-free after treatment in the central city of Đà Nẵng.

Director of the city’s Hoà Vang health centre, Dr Nguyễn Đại Vĩnh said the two babies, both boys, tested negative before going home for quarantine and medical checks on Monday.

Vĩnh said the two mothers – who both been had infected with SARS-COV-2 – gave birth on September 7-8 at the field hospital.

He said three other boys under four years old, and a one-year girl all tested negative after two weeks at the hospital. They need two more weeks home quarantine under medical supervision.

Earlier, a newborn baby and mother were also declared healthy and released from the hospital on September 5.

A 101-year-old woman was the oldest patient to recover from COVID-19 on September 1.

The city’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said the number of cases has sharply declined in the past three days with a ratio of under 20 each day.

No new community infections were reported on September 12-13, while the number of ‘green zones’ with no community infections has increased from 14 to 23 in just a week.

The city said it has reserved safe traffic routes in green zones for better transportation and take-away services as well as access to traditional markets.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Quảng Nam province has been tracing SARS-COV-2 infection sources at Điện Nam-Điện Ngọc industrial zones in Điện Bàn town after 19 cases were found at three businesses.

Quảng Ngãi People’s Committee also closed all fishing ports to prevent community spread. It eased restrictions in controlled areas that are showing positive results, including Quảng Ngãi city; Trà Phong commune of Trà Bồng District, Tư Nghĩa, Sơn Tịnh and Bình Sơn districts.

The province also planned to bring 200 pregnant women from HCM City, Bình Dương and Đồng Nai for quarantine and prenatal care in their home towns.

It said Quảng Ngãi Fellowman Association donated VNĐ 2 billion (US$87,000) to support people returning home from southern provinces since early June. —


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HCMC begins to ease Covid restrictions



Covid-19 epicenter Ho Chi Minh City has eased some of the stringent social distancing rules that had been in place for weeks.

Starting Thursday inter-district delivery services will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Delivery persons had hitherto not been allowed to cross borders.

Businesses can again use their own delivery staff and no longer have to exclusively use shipping companies.

However, they can only do so within their district and their delivery workers need to be tested every two days for Covid.

Late last month delivery companies were allowed to resume operations in eight districts earlier designated high-risk.

Shipper chờ lấy mẫu xét nghiệm Covid-19 tại quận Gò Vấp, ngày 31/8/2021. Ảnh: Quỳnh Trần/VnExpress

Deliverymen are tested for the new coronavirus in HCMC’s Go Vap District, August 31, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Also from Thursday people living in ‘green zones,’ as areas with low risk are called, can go walking and do other exercises in public places though they must wear masks and keep a distance from others.

People can check the status of their area at

Outdoor physical exercises had been banned in the city since July 9 when it started imposing Directive 16, which requires people to stay at home except for “essential” reasons.

The city has also allowed a number of other businesses to resume, though only between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., including postal and telecommunications services, offices, informatics and schooling equipment sellers.

Also given the green light are those that supporting agricultural production, food production, processing and trading; veterinary facilities; maintenance and repair works; transport machinery and equipment maintenance and repair services; and those that sell vehicle parts.

A man buys bread at a store in HCMCs District 1, September 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

A man buys bread at a store in HCMC’s District 1, September 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

On September 7 food and beverage sellers had been allowed to reopen but only for takeaway and delivery and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Also from Thursday construction and traffic works can resume. All infrastructure works deemed “not urgent” had been halted on July 22.

Restrictions will be eased to the greatest extent in the three districts of 7, Cu Chi and Can Gio where the pandemic is basically under control.

People in these districts can go grocery shopping once a week at both supermarkets and traditional markets.

It is in these three districts that the city will trial its vaccine ‘green pass’ scheme for two weeks. Pass holders can undertake certain activities without too many restrictions like domestic and international travel and participating in public events.

In the latest Covid wave that hit Vietnam almost five months ago, HCMC has been hit hardest.

The city of 13 million has had more than 315,000 cases and over 12,600 deaths in it while the nation’s tally stands at 641,245 and 16,151.


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