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Ho Chi Minh City authorities shut down Vietnam Airlines’ quarantine center

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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have decided to close a quarantine facility operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) following the recent detection of a domestic COVID-19 case.

The municipal Department of Health on Tuesday shut down the VNA quarantine venue at 115 Hong Ha Street in Ward 2, Tan Binh District after patient 1,347 was traced to have contact with patient 1,342, one of the airline’s flight attendants.

Patient 1,342 was told to self-isolate at home following two negative tests in the carrier’s quarantine center.

The flight attendant, returning from Japan on November 14, had come into contact with his colleague, patient 1,325, at the quarantine facility when he was staying there from November 14 to 18.

During his self-quarantine period, he had contact with three people, including his mother, a male friend, who was later confirmed as patient 1,347, and a female friend, at his rented house.

Responding to the health department’s decision, a VNA official asserted that the carrier had strictly followed regulations, attributing the problem to the flight attendant’s action and loose management of local authorities.

“Before the steward was sent home, we had informed local authorities so that they would take over the supervision of his self-quarantine period.”

From March to November 30, the airline quarantined thousands of pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics.

Prior to the shutdown, 473 VNA employees were quarantined at the airline’s facility and 352 others were under home quarantine, the VNA official stated, adding that the carrier has about 3,000 flight attendants.

He requested that the competent authorities reconsider the closure of the airline’s quarantine center.

“We should identify the management loopholes and fix them. Shutting down the entire facility is unnecessary.”   

Vietnamese citizens returning from France are brought to a quarantine camp on November 30, 2020. Photo: Hoan Le / Tien Phong

Vietnamese citizens returning from France are brought to a quarantine center on November 30, 2020. Photo: Hoan Le / Tien Phong

Reducing frequency of international flights

During a teleconference with local airlines on Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) said that the number of international flights to the country will decrease 30 percent in the coming time.

The number of flights arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City will also be lowered to avoid overcrowding and relieve pressure on the city’s COVID-19 prevention efforts.

The CAAV required all passengers and flight crew members arriving in Vietnam to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Passengers and cabin crews must also wear protective clothing during their journey.

According to Nguyen Quoc Phuong, deputy director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the firm has asked 21 airports across the country to tighten pandemic prevention and control measures, especially when it comes to international flights.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 1,351, with 1,195 having recovered and 35 deaths as of Wednesday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Before the detection of patient 1,347, Vietnam had gone 88 days with zero domestic infections.

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Health ministry, VMA sign partnership agreement on breast cancer treatment in VN

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Delegates sign an MoU on implementation of a project on improving access to therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in Việt Nam during 2020–25 on Tuesday. — /Photo Thanh Hải

HÀ NỘI —  The Ministry of Health and Vietnam Medical Association will work together on improving access to innovative therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in Việt Nam during 2020-25 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Tuesday.

The project aims to increase the rate of early breast cancer detection among women and improve access to advanced therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients.

Deputy Minister of Health Trần Văn Thuấn said that five to 10 years ago, over 70 per cent of breast cancer patients visited hospitals and got treated at a late stage. In recent years, thanks to the communication campaigns, especially the national project on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including cancer, the rate of cancer patients getting medical examination and treatment in the early stages has increased.

“The implementation of the project on improving access to innovative therapies for high-risk breast cancer patients in the 2020-25 period” will contribute to the overall goal of the National Strategy on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, including cancer. As this project is implemented nationwide with cooperation between all levels of health departments and agencies, it is expected to bring positive and sustainable changes, leading to the improvement of Việt Nam’s capability to respond to cancer,” said Huấn.

“This is the first project in Việt Nam dedicated to breast cancer with unprecedented scale and number of partners, all in hope of helping cancer patients. The more healthcare professionals receive training to improve their capabilities of treating cancer, the more the workload will be reduced for each doctor and improve the quality of treatment for patients,” President of Vietnam Medical Association Nguyễn Thị Xuyên said.

To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Health and Vietnam Medical Association will cooperate on increasing early detection of breast cancer through raising public awareness, screening for breast cancer, developing policy and professional guidance on breast cancer screening. The two sides will also strengthen capabilities of medical systems for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, develop a real-world data system on breast cancer and optimise current data and conduct general research on cost-effectiveness policy on breast cancer screening status, survey drug use in treatment of high risk breast cancer patients.

“Roche is committed to working with Việt Nam to address healthcare challenges through a variety of activities. RocheVietnam is honoured to accompany the Vietnam Medical Association and Ministry of Health in a very meaningful project, bringing new hope to breast cancer patients in Việt Nam,” said Girish Mulye, Chief Representative of Roche Vietnam.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in both developed and developing countries. Breast cancer incidence is on the rise in developing countries due to longer life expectancy, rapid urbanisation and changes in lifestyle.

According to the Global Cancer Observatory (Globocan2020), in Việt Nam, breast cancer ranks first among all types of women’s cancer, the number of new cases is 21,555 people, accounting for 25.8 per cent of cancer incidents in both genders, taking third place (after liver and lung cancer). The average age of breast cancer incidence in women is 34.2 per 100,000 people. In both genders, breast cancer mortality rate ranks fourth (with 9,345 cases) after liver cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer. The age-standardised mortality rate of breast cancer is 13.8 per 100,000 people. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/858777/health-ministry-vma-sign-partnership-agreement-on-breast-cancer-treatment-in-vn.html

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Rescue operation underway for seven fishermen missing near Con Dao

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A file photo of the rescue vessels. A rescue team is searching for seven fishermen who went missing after their boat sank in the waters off Con Dao Island on January 18 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – A search and rescue operation is being conducted to look for seven fishermen who went missing after their boat sank in the waters off Con Dao Island in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on January 18.

Fishing boat BT 93998 TS from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre with 13 people on board sank after being hit by high waves. At the time of the incident, the boat was on the way to the mainland and was some 50 nautical miles off the island, said the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center Region 3 on January 19.

Six fishermen were rescued by fishing boats in the area. Rescue forces are searching for the seven others.

However, the rescue efforts were challenging due to high waves measuring 5-6 meters and strong winds gusting at level 9.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80254/rescue-operation-underway-for-seven-fishermen-missing-near-con-dao.html

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Users lost over $1bn to computer viruses in Vietnam in 2020: report

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Users in Vietnam had more than US$1 billion stolen by computer viruses in 2020, when cyberattacks hit tens of thousands of people, according to a report by a local tech firm.

Those figures were included in a cybersecurity assessment report conducted in December 2020 and unveiled on Tuesday by Vietnamese security software and electronics company Bkav.  

Computer viruses caused VND23.9 trillion ($1.03 billion) in losses to users in Vietnam last year, according to the report.

Hackers stole hundreds of billions of dong, mostly via cyberattacks aimed at compromising one-time passwords in Internet banking. (VND100 billion = $4.3 million)

They duped users into installing spyware on their smartphones to steal the OTP needed for transferring money between bank accounts.

Bkav said it had detected over 15,000 instances of spyware installed on smartphones a month.

The VN84App, a piece of OTP collection spyware, infected thousands of smartphones in Vietnam last year, the company pointed out.  

Experts advised that users should only download apps from official stores while equipping their phones with security software to secure their banking.

Many major e-commerce websites and delivery platforms were compromised and had their data stolen last year, according to Bkav.

The firm warned users against clicking on dubious apps on social media as this could lead to their personal information stolen for wrongful use.

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