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HCM City schools to reopen from May 4, entertainment facilities remain closed



Schools across Ho Chi Minh City will welcome students back starting from May 4 after a three-and-a-half month break, while beauty spas and entertainment facilities will remain in shutdown.

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Many restaurants in HCM City remain closed although social distancing measures are loosened 

The municipal People’s Committee has assigned the Departments of Education and Training, and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to make a plan on school reopening, which also includes detailed guidance to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control.

Accordingly, over 87,000 ninth-graders who are about to take their high school entrance exams, and over 63,000 12th-graders who will be taking their high school graduation exams, will go back to school on May 4 and start normal classes the next day.

Students from the fourth to eighth grades, and 10th and 11th graders will start classes from May 11.

Those from the first to third grades will start classes the next day.

Kindergarten classes will reopen between May 18 and June 1.

Meanwhile, on April 28, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem issued a document requiring all departments, sectors, districts, wards and communes to strictly follow Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Directive No.19 on continuing the implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

Specifically, the city asked for the continued suspension of beauty spas and entertainment facilities such as cinemas, theatres, bars, karaoke bars and beer clubs.

All religious activities, sports competitions and meetings with more than 30 people are also banned.

The closure will last until the People’s Committee issues a new announcement.

There were no new COVID-19 cases reported in Vietnam overnight on April 29, keeping the total at 270 and marking the 13th straight day without a new case in the community./.



HCM City leads national COVID tally on Friday with highest daily increase



Medical workers take COVID-19 samples from residents in residential area No 1 in Ward 15, HCM City’s Gò Vấp District. VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — HCM City broke its record daily increase of new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 149 locally-transmitted infections. A day earlier, it reported 137 cases, according to the Health Ministry. 

Việt Nam confirmed 264 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including five imported and 259 locally-transmitted infections.

Among the domestic infections, 149 were found in HCM City, 76 in Bắc Giang, 16 in Bắc Ninh,12 in Bình Dương, three in Hà Tĩnh, two in Hòa Bình and one in Lào Cai. Of them, 232 were detected in quarantine or locked down areas.

So far, the country has recorded 12,414 COVID-19 cases, including 10,755 domestic and 1,669 imported infections. The number of cases since the fourth wave of the pandemic began on April 27 has reached 9,172.

The ministry said as many as 4,733 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, as 80 of them were given the all-clear on Friday. Meanwhile the death toll reached 62 as the latest death was reported on Friday afternoon.

Twenty-four provinces have gone 14 days without detecting new cases.

By Friday evening, nearly two million vaccine doses have been administered, with 89,833 people fully vaccinated with two shots. About 14-20 per cent of the vaccinated people experienced post-vaccination reactions, equal to the proportion stated by vaccine producers and the World Health Organization.

Regarding vaccination against COVID-19 for elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, Dương Thị Hồng, deputy director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that they were among vulnerable groups facing a high risk of COVID-19 infection, so they needed to get vaccinated. However, the vaccination would be delivered to them only when they were in stable health conditions with health indicators in normal limits, Hồng said.

HCM City’s vaccination drive with nearly 800,000 vaccine doses donated by Japan to Việt Nam would begin on Saturday. —


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New Covid-19 infections rise by 62



Competent forces remove a Covid-19 checkpoint in Ha Tinh City, Ha Tinh Province today, June 18. The Ministry of Health reported 62 new Covid-19 cases this evening – PHOTO: MOH

HCMC – The Ministry of Health reported 62 new Covid-19 cases this evening, June 18, including three imported cases that were quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam from overseas.

As for the 59 remaining patients who caught the disease through community transmission, HCMC still accounted for the most at 30 cases, Bac Giang reported 19 cases, and Bac Ninh had six. In addition, three cases were recorded in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

Besides this, 80 coronavirus patients in the country were declared free of the virus today, raising the country’s recoveries to 4,733 cases up to now.

Also in the day, the anti-Covid-19 steering committee of An Lac Ward in HCMC’s Binh Tan District decided to lock down the headquarters of the An Lac Ward People’s Committee starting from today until further notice due to a coronavirus case, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

During the lockdown period, the authorities asked employees not to get out of the lockdown area, except for those in need of medical check-ups and treatment. Or else, violators would be tackled in the line with prevailing regulations.

In another development, Ha Tinh City in the north-central province of Ha Tinh removed Covid-19 checkpoints in the city this afternoon, as the Covid-19 situation in the city has been put under control after the 10-day social distancing period in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16. Accordingly, vehicles now can enter and exit the city as normal.

The city will switch to social distancing measures as regulated in the prime minister’s Directive 15, relaxing restrictions on some services.

Under Directive 15, events gathering more than 20 people and large gatherings of over 10 people outside office buildings, schools, hospitals are banned. People are required to keep at least two meters away from others in public places. Also, non-essential services have to shut down.


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Medical worker in HCMC infected with Covid-19



Trung Vuong Hospital in HCMC. A male nurse of the hospital has been found to be infected with Covid-19 – PHOTO: TNO

HCMC – A male nurse of the HCMC-based Trung Vuong Hospital has been found to be infected with Covid-19, a representative of the hospital said this afternoon, June 18.

The hospital discovered the nurse, who works at the hospital’s Department of Orthopedics, was infected with the disease after it performed a Covid-19 test for all of its employees.

The hospital reported the case to the HCMC Center for Disease Control and is discussing response measures, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Earlier, a married couple went to the hospital on June 8 for a medical check-up. After they declared their health status, the medical workers suspected they might have been exposed to the coronavirus and decided to take them to a quarantine zone for a Covid-19 screening test.

Their results came out positive on June 9. They were sent to the Can Gio Covid-19 treatment hospital in Can Gio District.

In a related development, Tang Chi Thuong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health, said on June 17 that the department decided to convert the Trung Vuong Hospital into a Covid-19 treatment one.

The Trung Vuong Covid-19 treatment hospital has 1,000 beds, including 100 for intensive care treatment.


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