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Hà Nội to proactively prepare plans for after September 15



HÀ NỘI — Localities in the capital city have been asked to prepare business and production recovery plans and offer support for enterprises in need.

Presiding the virtual meeting between Hà Nội’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and departments, units, districts, communes and wards on Monday afternoon (September 13), Hà Minh Hải, Deputy Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee required localities to proactively prepare plans to be carried out after September 15 and September 21.

On Monday, Hà Nội recorded 37 new COVID-19 infections. The city also collected approximately 2.8 million test samples and administered 4.8 million vaccine doses, said Vũ Cao Cương, Deputy Director of Hà Nội Department of Health.

Regarding isolation of F0 cases, units must deploy plans quickly and swiftly, correctly determining and minimising quarantine areas so not to affect other residents in the location. It is also necessary to conduct large-scale testing in a faster manner, Hải said. 

The capital’s leaders assigned its Department of Health to coordinate with districts to review the database, appropriately distribute vaccines and complete the testing and vaccination plans as fast as possible; while comprehensively applying policies and frameworks for supporting workers from other provinces as well as the city’s forces against the pandemic. 

The Department of Planning and Investment was also tasked with coordinating units to review recovery plans for the economy while supporting enterprises in need, especially in the period after September 15. 

“Right now, the city has been implementing measures to recover business and production activities in zones 2 and 3 (where restrictions are lifted). However, there are still reports on transportation difficulties for workers traveling between these zones,” said Hải. 

He said districts need to ensure transportation and immediately address these issues, while emphasising that safety allows for production, and production needs to ensure safety.

The Deputy Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee reminded localities to review and plan in detail testing and vaccination schemes while avoid crowding at the health locations. 

Joint efforts

Talking about the results of the rapid vaccination campaign in recent days, Secretary of the Hà Nội Party Committee Đinh Tiến Dũng said the achievements were possible thanks to the wise leadership and direction of the Central Committee, and is a manifestation of the strength of solidarity and joint efforts of Hà Nội and ministries, sectors and provinces and cities who have provided support to the capital.


A family went out for groceries on Monday passing by a pagoda in Văn Chương Ward, Đống Đa District, where lockdown has been lifted. — VNA/ Photo Thành Đạt

The capital health sector has set up 1,600 vaccination facilities with the capacity of injecting about 500,000 people a day and activated plans for 20,000 beds for F0 treatment. It is continuing to prepare for the option of between 30,000 and 40,000 beds with the determination not to have to treat F0 patients at home.

Immediately after the Prime Minister directed the city to boost vaccination campaign, the Hà Nội Department of Health urgently contacted and coordinated with the provinces and cities to organise support delegations. Nearly 8,000 medical workers, doctors, testing staff, technicians, and students from 12 provinces and cities, including Bắc Giang, Bắc Ninh, Hưng Yên, Hà Nam, Vĩnh Phúc, Hòa Bình, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang, Hải Dương, Phú Thọ, Quảng Ninh, and Hải Phòng, were sent to the capital.

“The presence of the working delegations not only makes Hà Nội officials and people feel strongly supported, but also helps the city confidently complete the goals assigned by the Prime Minister,” Dũng said.

According to the Secretary of the Hà Nội Party Committee, in the past few days, vaccination stations have operated at maximum capacity. Vaccination sites were arranged with resuscitation doctors and mobile emergency teams to ensure absolute safety for people. 

In this phase, the Ministry of Health has quickly and fully allocated vaccines according to the schedule. With this progress, by September 15, Hà Nội will complete the goal of having all adult residents vaccinated at least once.

Although the results have been encouraging, COVID-19 prevention and control work is facing great difficulties and challenges, F0 cases in the community are still present, while the pandemic situation across the country continues to be complicated. Even if the city is considering the option of relaxing some service activities, the general spirit is still absolutely not to be negligent, Dũng said. 

The city must continue to consider pandemic prevention and control and protecting the health and safety of people’s lives a top priority.

With only two days left until the deadline to complete the vaccination target under the direction of the Prime Minister, Dũng asked all levels and sectors to continue to closely coordinate with the health sector to take advantage of every minute and every hour to reach the finish line, complete the vaccination goal with high quality and efficiency. —



Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam



Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

Storm Dianmu has damaged a house in Binh Dong Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, September 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Linh

Two hours after making landfall on Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai provinces early Friday, Dianmu has weakened into a depression.

The storm entered the central strip of Vietnam around 4 a.m. Friday.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the depression that used to be the storm now lies at the Vietnam-Laos border area, with its strongest wind speed at 40 kph.

No human casualties have been reported so far.

Within Friday, it will move in the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15-20 kph.

Under the storm’s influence, provinces along the central strip from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh had received rainfall of 100-200 millimeters and up to 350 millimeters in several places from 7 a.m. on Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai received rainfall of 80-150 mm and more than 150 mm at some places.

Provinces of Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue should expect rainfall of 80-150 mm or higher within Friday.

Dinanmu is the sixth storm that has entered the East Sea so far this year.


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Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support



According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

Tu Anh


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Côn Đảo to return to ‘new normal’ under province’s proposal



Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province is drafting plans for reopening after September 22. — Photo courtesy of

HCM CITY — Several wards and communes in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province are expected to continue to be under the Government’s Directive 16, while Côn Đảo District would return to a “new normal” state.

The provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Tuesday held a meeting on epidemic prevention and control plans after September 22 to discuss ending the province’s 5th social distancing period.

Directive 16 would continue to be applied in wards Nguyễn An Ninh, Thắng Nhất, Thắng Nhì, 1, 10 and 11, located in various districts.

Some communes and towns in Long Điền District, namely Phước Hưng, An Ngãi and Long Hải, will also be under Directive 16.

Bà Rịa City, Phú Mỹ Town, Châu Đức District, Đất Đỏ District and Xuyên Mộc District, together with the remaining communes and towns of Long Điền District, will be under the more relaxed Directive 15.

Production and business activities in Côn Đảo District will resume in a new normal state. However, traffic from the mainland to the island must be carefully monitored.

Districts such as Châu Đức, Đất Đỏ, Xuyên Mộc and Bà Rịa City aim to slowly recover and carefully open some types of economic activities in four stages.

During the first stage, between September 23 and 30, those areas will loosen travel control in the “green zone” and reopen supermarkets, retail store chains, small businesses selling essential items, traditional markets and take-away food services, and resume agricultural, forestry and fishery production activities.

The second stage, from October 1 to 31, involves tourism at hotels with closed services.

If the epidemic continues to be controlled well and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu returns to the new normal, the third stage, from November 11 to December 31, will be implemented.

The locality will allow tourist and resort establishments to welcome guests who are fully vaccinated. Real estate agencies, and security and insurance activities will be permitted to open, and intra-provincial public transport will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Education, training services and sports activities would be limited to no more than 20 people.

All economic activities in the last stage will reopen in 2022.

Vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Văn Tuấn is seeking feedback from authorities and will announce the final plan soon.

As of September 21, after more than two months of social distancing, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu had recorded 3,943 COVID-19 cases. — 


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