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Ho Chi Minh City considers quarantining direct COVID-19 patient contacts at home

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Medical authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are weighing the possibility of quarantining people who come into direct contact with COVID-19 patients at home.

In Vietnam, direct COVID-19 patient contacts, referred to as F1 cases, are placed under monitoring at centralized quarantine facilities while those who come into physical interactions with them, also known as F2 cases, are requested to self-quarantine at home, according to current regulations.

Speaking at a press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the city on Monday afternoon, Nguyen Huu Hung, deputy director of the municipal Department of Health, said the home quarantine approach for F1 cases is feasible, stressing that it gives the isolated person psychological comfort because they are staying with their relatives.

It will also ease pressure on concentrated quarantine facilities in the city.

However, there is still a problem as not every home can meet the quarantine standards set by the Ministry of Health, such as a private room for the isolated person, Hung added.

In addition, medical authorities have to deal with challenges in assigning functional forces to the residences of F1s to ensure they are strictly obeying the self-quarantine rules.

One possible solution being mulled over is using technology, but in a way to avoid violating the law on people’s privacy and safety.

The municipal health department is considering piloting this new quarantine approach in some areas first before applying it citywide.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities decided on Monday to extend the enhanced social distancing measures implemented since May 31 by two weeks given an escalation in transmissions.

From April 27 to Tuesday morning, the city has recorded 894 local cases of COVID-19, becoming the locality with the third-highest number of infections in Vietnam, after Bac Giang with 4,194 patients and Bac Ninh with 1,379.

Hanoi follows in fourth position with 463 infections.

These infections are among the total caseload of 7,669 recorded in 40 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and cities in this ongoing virus wave — the fourth and the worst since the pathogen first hit the country on January 23, 2020.

The nation has documented an accumulation of 10,881 patients, including 9,238 domestic and 1,643 imported cases ever since.

Recoveries have reached 4,236 while 61 patients have died, mostly with critical underlying medical conditions like cancer and chronic renal failure.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210615/ho-chi-minh-city-considers-quarantining-direct-covid19-patient-contacts-at-home/61519.html

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Đắk Lắk people provide food for those in need

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It is in challenging times that we see the best of people. And in Việt Nam, there is no shortage of do-gooders willing to help those in need. In Đắk Lắk volunteers and government officials are collected much-needed produce to send to localities hit hardest by the pandemic.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1002933/dak-lak-people-provides-foos-for-those-in-need.html

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Hospitals in HCMC told not to let Covid-19 patients die at home

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Doctors check the health condition of a Covid-19 patient. The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home as a result of being denied admission or delays in being transported to hospitals for treatment.

Besides, the municipal department ordered these units to readily admit and treat Covid-19 patients, the local media reported.

The hospitals, Covid-19 treatment centers and the 115 Emergency Center must be open round the clock so that residents can access treatment or medical checkups.

In addition, doctors were told to prepare for screening to determine which patients need a referral for treatment.

Moreover, the municipal department asked hospitals and healthcare centers to proactively add more beds, stretchers and oxygen masks to serve patients to prevent their condition from worsening due to delayed treatment.

The heads of these units were tasked with informing their employees of the order and asking them to work toward minimizing the Covid-19 death rate. The heads will assume responsibility for cases in which patients die at home as a result of hospitals denying treatment or delaying admission.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83571/hospitals-in-hcmc-told-not-to-let-covid-19-patients-die-at-home.html

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Four men rob garbage collector of motorbike in Hanoi

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Four men were caught on CCTV robbing a sanitation worker of her motorbike in Hanoi early on Tuesday morning despite the victim’s plea for mercy.

A police official in Nam Tu Liem District confirmed to Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper later the same day that officers were investigating the case and hunting for the suspects.

The crime took place at around 3:25 am, when Le Thi Tram, a 39-year-old employee of Hanoi Urban Environment Company (URENCO), was driving her motorbike to collect garbage.

After reaching a section of Dai Mo Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Tram saw four men who were traveling on two motorbikes in the opposite direction.

They screamed at the woman as they passed her, before turning around and blocking her path.

One of the men threatened Tram and forced her to hand over the key of her motorcycle.

Although Tram cried and begged for their mercy, the men eventually left with her vehicle.

The victim later reported the crime to local police.

“The motorbike was old, but my husband and I had worked very hard to afford it,” Tram said during an interview with Tien Phong.

“It was the most valuable asset of our family.”

As Tram is still traumatized by the incident, her husband has been taking her to work and assisting her in the job.

Tram is part of a 23-member Dai Mo sanitation team, which is under the management of URENCO, said Lai Thi Minh Ly, the team leader.

Most of the sanitation workers in the team have to work at midnight or very early in the morning.

“I have told my team to be cautious while on the job. Hopefully, competent authorities will soon catch the suspects,” Ly stated.

Tram was gifted a new motorbike by the Nam Tu Liem District police unit on Wednesday morning.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210804/four-men-steal-rob-garbage-collector-of-motorbike-in-hanoi/62417.html

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