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HCMC’s Covid-19 count nears 21,500



A street in Go Vap District, HCMC is disinfected. The Ministry of Health this evening, July 15 reported 1,922 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 33 imported and 1,889 locally-infected ones in 26 provinces and cities – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, July 15 reported 1,922 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 33 imported and 1,889 locally-infected ones in 26 provinces and cities. HCMC alone recorded 1,399 domestic infections this evening, excluding hundreds of previously-infected cases updated by HCDC onto the national Covid-19 monitoring system today.

Of the total domestic cases, Binh Duong Province reported 122 infections, followed by Dong Thap Province with 63, Dong Nai with 60, Long An with 41, Danang City with 33 and Ben Tre and Phu Yen with 30 each. Besides, 18 other provinces and cities saw the number of new infections rise by 1-17.

Apart from this, the HCMC Center for Disease Control this afternoon added 689 more Covid-19 patients to the national Covid-19 treatment and monitoring system. These cases had earlier been detected at quarantine facilities. 

As such, the country reported a total of 3,416 Covid-19 cases today, an all-time high for the number of coronavirus cases in a day, while HCMC’s daily Covid-19 infections hit new record of 2,691, sending the city’s caseload to 21,493 in the ongoing wave, which began on April 27.

The 2,611 new Covid-19 cases raised the country’s tally to 40,850, with 38,858 domestic cases and 1,992 imported ones.

Since April 27, Vietnam has reported 37,288 locally-infected Covid-19 cases, with 6,914 patients having recovered from the disease.

In related news, after several Covid-19 cases were detected, Danang City imposed bans on beach swimming, sports activities and barber services starting from 12.00 p.m. today, while other non-essential services remain suspended to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In another development, on July 15, a group of 14 doctors and 100 nurses in Haiphong City and over 400 medical workers and medical teachers and students in Thai Binh Province traveled to HCMC to join the fight against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, a group of 54 doctors, nurses, technicians and specialists in Bac Giang Province on July 14 arrived in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to help it bring the disease under control.

During the current fourth wave, Dong Thap Province has reported 881 domestic Covid-19 cases, with 99 new cases confirmed today.

Meanwhile, Ben Tre Province has imposed social distancing on Binh Dai and Ba Tri districts in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16 from midnight, July 16 until further notice, while Ben Tre City will apply the order under Directive 15.

In Dong Nai Province, Dr Phan Huy Anh Vu, director of the Dong Nai Health Department, today signed a decision asking relevant units to step up Covid-19 testing for workers at production facilities in the province.

The province has detected several large coronavirus clusters in Bien Hoa City and Trang Bom and Vinh Cuu districts, Vu said, adding that most of the Covid-19 infections were linked to people returning or traveling from HCMC or Binh Duong Province.

As the risk of Covid-19 infection at industrial parks and production facilities is extremely high, the testing is necessary to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on business and production activities.

On the same day, Bien Hoa City imposed a lockdown order on Trang Dai Ward with over 110,000 residents for 14 days from midnight, July 16.



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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Five teens killed in road crash during Mid-Autumn Festival in northern Vietnam



Five teenage boys were killed and two others injured following a road accident involving four motorbikes that were traveling at high speed in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho on Tuesday night.

The crash took place along a street in Minh Tan Commune, Cam Khe District at around 10:30 pm, according to Nguyen Hong Son, chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee.

A total of seven teenagers were traveling on four motorbikes at high speed when they crashed into one another.

Four of them were killed on the spot, while the other three were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.

One of the injured later died at around 1:00 am on Wednesday.

The five deceased victims were identified as Nguyen Ngoc Duy, 16, Nguyen Trung Dung, 16, Doan Quoc Hoi, 17, Nguyen Thanh Toan, 18, and Nguyen Truong Son, 16, according to An Toan Giao Thong (Traffic Safety) newspaper, which is managed by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

Khuat Viet Hung, vice-chairman of the committee, has requested authorities in Phu Tho to promptly carry out an investigation and find out the cause of the accident.

Hung directed competent authorities to check whether the victims were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to verify any signs of illegal street racing.

The boys are believed to have been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival prior to the crash, the provincial traffic safety committee reported.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety also asked their family members to pay attention to pandemic prevention and control measures when organizing funerals for the victims.

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