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Experts warn of possibility of another COVID-19 wave this winter



Leading Vietnamese health experts have not ruled out the possibility that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could recur in the winter months due to favourable weather conditions allowing for a resurgence of the virus.

The latest novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to hit the country has been brought under control with no new locally transmitted cases detected nationwide for 26 consecutive days. Despite this, experts believe that although the virus is showing signs of abating at present, it is likely to return each winter like the seasonal flu.

Scientists have agreed that there is growing evidence to suggest that seasonal factors could influence the spread of COVID-19, with human-to-human transmission of the virus likely to make it more widespread in the winter.

Dr. Dang Quang Tan, head of the Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health, says new infection cases may emerge from previous hotspots, or be brought in from returnees from epidemic hit countries, especially following the country reopening international commercial flights.

Dr. Tan therefore warns of difficult times ahead as the wintry weather potentially favours a resurgence and spread of the virus.

At present, Vietnam is striving to implement the Government’s dual goal of epidemic prevention and economic recovery. The Prime Minister has recently announced the reopening of international commercial flights to seven overseas destinations following the successful containment of the virus in these places.

To meet the dual goal and nip possible outbreaks in the bud, the Ministry of Health has proposed localities devise appropriate plans for quarantine, sampling, testing, and health monitoring for groups upon their arrival in the country following the reopening of international commercial routes.

The Ministry has requested that the community fully implement epidemic prevention and control recommendations in the new situation, by effectively implementing the ministry’s 5K message in Vietnamese, namely Khau trang (Face Masks), Khu khuan (Disinfection), Khoang cach (Keeping a safe distance), Khong tu tap (No Gatherings), and Khai bao y te (Health declarations).

Vietnam has so far recorded 1,074 COVID-19 cases, of whom 999 patients have gone on to make a full recovery, representing 93% of the total. The countrywide death toll caused by the disease has remained at 35. Of the 40 remaining cases, 19 patients have since tested negative for the virus at least once.

Vietnam reports no community transmission of COVID-19 for 27 days

Vietnam entered the 27th consecutive day without any new COVID-19 infection in the community as of 6am on September 29, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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Medical temperature check at the foot of Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain) in Da Nang city (Photo: VNA)

The country has documented 1,077 SARS-CoV-2 infections so far. Of the total, 691 were locally-transmitted cases, including 551 linked with Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave hit the locality on July 25.

As many as 999 patients have recovered while the fatalities remain at 35. Most of the fatalities were elderly with serious underlying health conditions.

Among the patients still under treatment, two have tested negative for the virus once, four twice and 13 thrice.

There are 15,897 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from the pandemic-hit regions under quarantine at present.

As the COVID-19 pandemic can return at any time, the Ministry of Health recommended people wear face masks in crowded places, and wash hands with soap or hand sanitiser regularly.

If anyone shows symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should contact the Health Ministry’s hotline 19009095 for consultation and support.

Three foreign experts become Vietnam’s latest Covid-19 cases

Three foreign experts coming from Taiwan and India have become the latest Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, taking the country’s tally to 1,077 as of September 29 morning.

Two Taiwanese patients, aged 33 and 58, are male technical experts. They traveled from Guangzhou, China and were immediately transported to a quarantine center in Phu Tho Province after arriving at Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province on September 18.

The last patient is a 48-year-old male expert from India. He travelled to Hanoi on flight 6E8979 on September 13 and was quarantined right after arriving at the airport.

All of the patients are being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Up to now, 1,000 Covid-19 patients in Vietnam have fully recovered, while 35 others have died. Among the remaining active Covid-19 cases, 19 patients have tested negative for Covid-19 one to three times.

Experts warn of possibility of another COVID-19 wave this winter

Indonesia, Philippines report over 3,000 COVID-19 cases in single day

Indonesia and the Philippines each logged more than 3,000 COVID-19 infections on September 28.

Accordingly, additional 3,509 cases were confirmed in Indonesia on the day, lifting the national tally to 278,722.

With a death toll of 10,473, the country records the highest number of fatalities across the region.

Meanwhile, the Philippines reported 3,073 new cases and 37 deaths on September 28, raising the figures to 307,288 and 5,381, respectively. There were a total 252,665 recoveries.

The same day, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) proposed the sixth extension of the Emergency Decree implementation for another month until October 31, in an effort to deter COVID-19.

According to the CCSA, Thailand reported 22 new imported cases on September 28, adding up to the national total of 3,545, with 59 deaths.

More Vietnamese citizens brought home

More than 230 Vietnamese citizens were flown home from Singapore on a flight of Bamboo Airways on September 28 as a joint effort of competent authorities of both nations.

The passengers included children under 18, people with illnesses and other especially disadvantaged cases.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore sent staff to the airport to help the citizens with pre-departure procedures.

Security, safety and hygiene measures were rigorously taken during the flight to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Upon their arrival at Can Tho International Airport in the city of the same name, all the crew members and passengers were given medical checkups and put under quarantine in line with regulations.

In the time to come, more repatriation flights will be arranged to bring Vietnamese citizens home, depending on their demand and domestic quarantine capacity.

Philippines extends restrictions in Manila region to curb COVID-19

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on March 29 that partial restrictions in and around the Manila capital region will be extended for another month until October 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In a televised address, the president also appealed to the country’s top telecommunication firms to “do a better job” with public schools set to reopen with virtual classes on October 5.

Preparations for the resumption of classes have been hit by problems including access, availability and speed of data services.

The archipelago nation reported 3,073 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fatalities on September 28, taking its total count to 307,288 cases with 5,381 deaths.



One-arm hairdresser follows dream job, raises two kids by herself




Lê Thị Kim Trâm, who was left with only one arm following an accident four years ago, pursues her passion as a hairdresser. — Photo Việt Dũng

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HCM CITY — Despite missing an arm, Lê Thị Kim Trâm is doing an inspiring feat: making a living as a hairdresser and raising two kids by herself.

Trâm, 41, opened her own barber shop in District 2’s Thảo Điền Ward in 2007, making use of her skills that had been passed down from her family. However, in 2016 while riding her motorbike, she had an accident in which a truck crushed her left arm, leaving her with only one arm.

During her stay at the hospital, she kept thinking about how she could continue her job and thought that she might be able to do everything one-handed.

“When I returned to my job, I was lucky to have a frequent customer who allowed me to practise cutting his hair with my one arm. Before, I had been able to do a person’s hair in around seven minutes, but it took me around 50 minutes, and it didn’t even look that good,” she told Việt Nam News.

Despite her worries about her haircutting skills, the customer spread the word about Trâm, encouraging more people to visit her shop. More and more customers were supportive in helping her return to work. With time, her skills greatly improved, and now she can cut hair just as well as any other abled barbers or hairdressers.

Unfortunately, not every customer was as open-minded and generous; when customers saw her for the first time, some were nervous about letting her cut their hair, while others outright took their leave.

“But customers who are fine with me cutting their hair always return and introduce me to other people. That is a great motivator for me, and I’m really happy about it.”

Trâm’s barber shop is called Nghi Nghiêm, after the names of her two kids.

Nimble skills 

Watching Trâm work is a sight to behold: she uses her pinky and ring finger to lift a customer’s hair up in place of a comb, then uses her three remaining fingers to hold the scissors to cut the hair.

Trâm is also able to use hair trimmers and razors with ease, delicately trimming bits of hair from her customers with great precision, who are now more comfortable with letting Trâm pursue her expertise.

Most spectacularly of all, her skill of removing ear wax (a common service offered by Vietnamese barber shops) even surpasses several barbers with two functional arms.

Ear wax removal is a difficult task that requires a great deal of finesse, and even abled barbers can struggle with removing wax located deep inside customers’ ears. Trâm, on the other hand, can meticulously clean out even the tiniest bits.

Watching her work so effortlessly may make you forget that she had to go through a great deal of practice to hone her skills.

Unsurprisingly, Trâm has had to improvise after her accident: she uses her thighs to clutch certain equipment or to help her roll cotton bits onto wax removal tools or a piece of flexible plastic to flatten the customer’s ear.

Trâm even uses her leg to lean the customer’s chair back for ear wax cleaning, and she has to bend in certain ways to get a better look inside customers’ ears, which she would not have to do if she had two arms.

“At first it was really challenging, but with passion for my job and supportive customers, I am still doing my job to this day,” she said.

Nguyễn Đình Biền, a frequent customer, said that he had always found her skills to be great, and admired her determination. Even when she was practising with one arm, he still preferred her over others.


Trâm raises two kids and does everything for her family by herself. — Photo courtesy of Lê Thị Kim Trâm

Overcoming challenges

One year after her accident, her husband told her that he wanted to divorce her.

“I was devastated. I felt like I had just escaped death from my accident, so how could my husband hurt me like that? Still, I decided that it was just fate so I let him go, and began anew, using my one arm to raise my two kids.”

After the divorce, Trâm and her two children moved out and rented a place on another street in the same ward, where she set up her barber shop.

Trâm has been shouldering multiple responsibilities, from earning an income and paying school fees and rent to daily problems like her bike breaking down or her children getting sick.

“Even though I sometimes feel really bad about myself, I try my hardest to keep my cool and deal with my problems so that my kids do not have to worry about me and can focus on their education.”

Her job allows her to raise her two kids, but though she has a frequent customer base, she charges less than other barbers, so her income is not that great.

“Still, I get to do my job and my kids still have their mother, so I am happy,” she said.

Thanks to recent media coverage, more and more people have been inspired by Trâm, who is originally from Nha Trang.

“Some people have told me that they had been involved in an accident and felt really bad about themselves, but they learned from my example and decided to persevere and overcome their challenges, which filled me with joy,” Trâm said with a bright smile.

“I hope that my determination can reach more and more people, so they will love themselves more. Even if your body is disabled, your spirit does not have to be.” —


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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — December 5



Read what is in the news today.


— Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient tally remained unchanged at 1,361 with no new local cases confirmed for 24 hours on Friday. 

— A male body without head, arms and legs, alleged to be of a Chinese fisherman, was washed ashore in Phu Hai Commune of Phu Vang District, located in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue on Friday morning.

— The last domesticated elephant in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, Ya Tau, died at the age of 50, the local authorities announced on Friday afternoon.

— The Ministry of Transport ordered the Health Administration of Transport, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and related agencies, to establish a task force to inspect the COVID-19 prevention and control works at the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and report to the ministry before December 10.

— The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City put forward a proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for consideration and to seek the Prime Minister’s approval for organizing firework displays at the head of Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 1, Landmark 81 Building in Binh Thanh District and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 to celebrate the New Year 2021.

— More than 150 local people in Ia Phang Commune of Chu Puh District, located in Gia Lai Province, have been hospitalized since Friday morning due to diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness after eating sticky rice given away by a charity group from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in collaboration with the district’s Red Cross earlier the same day. 

— Local authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday afternoon fined each of three people drinking beer at a makeshift store on the sidewalk in District 1 VND2 million (US$86.6) for deliberately not wearing a face mask in public places.


— Vietnam’s ST25 fragrant rice ranked second after Thailand at the 2020 World’s Best Rice Contest in the United States.

— The Vietnam Travel Aviation Co. Ltd, which operates newcomer Vietravel Airlines, is scheduled to receive its first plane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.


— The Hanoi Department of Education and Training on Friday issued a document to request local schools to avoid large gatherings and ask students and teachers to wear face masks from home to school for COVID-19 prevention and control.

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Double+ brings innovation of art perception through technology



Art performance series Double+, held from November 25 to 27, offered an unconventional, multidimensional and innovative perception on creativity.

Double+ lasted three days at the creative space Arcan in Binh Thanh District, HCMC. The event was co-organized by Colina Dreamcatcher, LAV Lab, Fundoo and Arcan.

On the opening day, attendees were introduced to the exhibited artworks and enjoyed performances backed by audio-visual technology. For instance, at the co-host Fundoo’s booth, visitors could get their hands on state-of-the-art AI technology, skillfully utilized to record a personalized video of inner discovery.

Attendees also had the chance to interact with Antonio Rosciano, creative director of Double+, guest artist Crazy Monkey, and Colina Quyen Tran, an organizer representative.

Guests experienced interactive sound technology with artwork.

Guests experience interactive sound technology combined with artwork at Double+ in HCMC.

The second day unfolded with two Art Talk sessions hosted by U.S. photographer Mike Hodges and Vietnamese contemporary artist Uu Dam Tran Nguyen. The following performances were infused with sound effects, lighting and color techniques, along with video mapping technology.

The third day’s highlight was the spectacular performance by sound artist Thierry Bernard-Gotteland from France. Ultimately, all attendees were invited to an After Party with sensational performances from renowned DJs – Wasabae, Ro-TUNE and Elek.

Some artworks on display at the event.

Some artworks on display at the Double+ event in HCMC.

Double+ is an innovative art series aiming to blow a new, mesmerizing wind into the Vietnamese art scene by harmonizing art and technology. With its dynamic and cosmopolitan theme, the event created a long-lasting, signature impression as a much needed burst of energy and positive vibe for the Vietnamese underground.

The event was a common destination for artists, professionals and art-lovers from Vietnam and around the globe to express their individuality, collaborate creatively and connect with each other as a community. Furthermore, people of different artistic backgrounds from all over the world had a shared space to create wonderful works together.


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