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HCMC begins to ease Covid restrictions

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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 bando.tphcm.gov.vn.

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.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-begins-to-ease-covid-restrictions-4357337.html

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Residents booked for violating pandemic prevention rules on Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown pedestrian street

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Many people have been booked for violating pandemic prevention and control measures as they hang out with their friends along Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Residents flocked to the Nguyen Hue promenade in downtown District 1 on Thursday evening to have a walk, get some fresh air, and chat with friends, according to the observation of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many of them parked their motorbikes on the sidewalk to have a chat and grab a bite, but did not follow pandemic response measures including wearing face masks in public and keeping a safe distance.

At around 7:30 pm, a group of district-level police officers patrolled the street and booked dozens of people for wrong parking and violating pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Several violators did not cooperate at first but eventually had to accept administrative fines after the officers provided the evidence of their offenses.

In one of the cases, L.V.D., 25, was booked for failure to wear a face mask in public places and illegal parking.

As D. denied his wrongdoings, an officer showed the video footage of him pulling the face mask down to his chin while talking to his friend.

The offender had no other choice but to sign the violation record, facing fines worth VND1-3 million (US$44-132) for failure to wear face masks in public and VND200,000-300,000 ($8-13) for illegal parking.

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

According to Major Dinh Tien Dung, deputy head of District 1’s traffic and order police unit, many people did not put on face masks or wore them improperly.

They only put on one when they saw police officers approaching, Dung continued.

“We decided to use cameras to film their violations from afar so that they won’t be able to deny their wrongdoings,” he said.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

Major Dung added that his unit had booked more than 200 of such violations on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street since the beginning of the week.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the hardest-hit locality since the fourth outbreak began on April 27, with over 422,200 local infections.

The city had imposed social distancing measures at various levels since May 31 before loosening multiple restrictions on October 1, because most of its adult population had been vaccinated with at least one dose.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211022/residents-booked-for-violating-pandemic-prevention-rules-on-ho-chi-minh-citys-downtown-pedestrian-street/63726.html

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Ministry asks localities to increase inter-provincial passenger transport

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Coaches at Gia Lâm station in Hà Nội’s Long Biên District. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has issued a document asking People’s Committees of cities and provinces to coordinate on the implementation of temporary guidelines on transport activities.

The measures are to ensure safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has issued Resolution No.128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19. To implement the resolution, the Health Ministry has promulgated temporary medical guidance and the Transport Ministry has also released temporary guidelines on transport activities in the five areas of land, inland waterway, maritime, railway and aviation. 

Therefore, to ensure smooth and concerted transport activities, People’s Committees of cities and provinces were asked to direct local agencies and units to follow the ministry’s guidelines, and instruct departments of transport to increase passenger volume on fixed intra-provincial and inter-provincial routes licensed by the provincial authorities.

The ministry also suggested localities resume other routes depending on the local level of pandemic risk, while striving to maintain from 10 per cent to a maximum 50 per cent of licensed trips per month in line with requirements in the temporary guidelines.

In a report reviewing passenger transport activities on fixed routes during one week of resumption from October 13-18, the ministry said authorities of 48 provinces and cities had allowed the resumption of inter-provincial routes, while in 15 other localities, the transport departments had submitted plans to resume routes to the municipal/provincial authorities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063729/ministry-asks-localities-to-increase-inter-provincial-passenger-transport.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211022/ho-chi-minh-city-doctors-excise-over-100-tumors-from-womans-abdomen/63725.html

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