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Ho Chi Minh City ready for another test round of electric buses



The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has submitted a proposal on the protraction of electric bus testing.

According to the department, the city has piloted electric vehicles on three non-subsidized bus routes since 2017.

More specifically, the four-wheeled, 12-seater automobile models with electric motors are deployed to roam the city center, the Phu My Hung urban area, and the length of Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal.

During the trial phase, which was based on a proposal formulated by Mai Linh Group and City View Real Estate Company, several drawbacks in implementation were noted, namely the narrow test area, limited vehicles and low route frequency, which led to the failure to attract regular passengers and turn profitable.

On top of that, it is discovered that the commuting demand of urban dwellers peaks at nighttime, at weekends, and on holidays, but the current fleet of electric vehicles was not enough to cover these time frames.

Long charging time for the buses’ batteries, which ranges between six and eight hours per cycle, as well as the lack of mobile charging stations, and difficult maintenance due to costly spare parts also proved major issues for the operation of the electric bus system.

However, the trial phase also garnered positive responses for commuter service environmental-friendliness. It proved a great option for visitors looking for a cruise through the city.

Considering the results, the city’s transport authority suggested that the three-year trial phase of the urban electric bus system be extended until a comprehensive regulation framework is added to Vietnam’s Road Traffic Law.

The department petitioned for Gia Nghia Trading Service Transport Co. Ltd.’s permission to operate electric buses in Can Gio District.

With regard to legal progress, the agency urged the Ministry of Transport to quickly come up with a regulation framework for four-wheeled, electric motor vehicles, which must prescribe the range of operations and penalty statutes.

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National population database, citizen ID card management system make debut



The national database on population, and a citizen ID card issuance and management system made debut on February 25 in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the launch of the national database on population (Photo: VNA)

These two systems, developed and implemented by the Ministry of Public Security, reflect the Government’s determination to shift from paper-based to electronic document management.

The national database on population is the most important among the six national databases to help form an e-Government, a digital society and digital economy.

Meanwhile, the project on citizen ID card production, issuance and management was approved by the Government last September. The Ministry of Public Security expects to issue chip-based ID cards for 50 million citizens by July 1 this year.

Under the Law on Citizen Identification in 2014, people from 14 years of age can obtain an ID card, which is then renewed when they turn 25, 40, and 60 years of age.

More than 29,000 citizens have obtained new ID cards to date, including 1,369 delegates to the 13th National Party Congress.

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Prime Minister visits the Ministry of Public Security’s digital map unit (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the ceremony, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed efforts made by the Ministry of Public Security to carry out the two systems simultaneously, helping save over 1 trillion VND (43.38 million USD) for the State, while still ensuring the efficiency and progress as targeted.

He also appreciated the active participation of ministries, sectors and localities, contractors and IT companies to complete the databases.

The Government leader stressed that amid the strong development of the fourth Industrial Revolution, the reform of national governance in the direction of digital transformation and science and technology application is an inevitable trend, which will create a momentum for all socio-economic activities towards the prosperous development of Vietnam.

The strong development of the digital era will help Vietnam integrate more deeply into the world economy, boost the shifting of the growth model, economic restructuring, and improve social productivity and competitiveness.

The Government leader asked the Ministry of Public Security to continue completing the two systems so as to ensure accurate, transparent and uniform data and ensure database safety and security.

The ministry was also requested to coordinate closely with relevant ministries and sectors to speed up the connectivity among ministries, sectors and localities to contribute to the building the e-Government and digital Government towards the building of a digital economy and digital society./. VNA


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Over 80% of Covid-19 patients in Vietnam recover on their own after one week



The Ministry of Health’s statistics show that more than 80% of Covid-19 patients in Vietnam had only mild symptoms such as mild fever, cough, and fatigue, and recovered on their own after about one week.

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Covid-19 patients treated in Hai Duong. Photo: Ministry of Health

Vietnam has entered the third Covid-19 wave since January 27. Up to 811Covid-19 patients have been recorded in 13 provinces and cities out of a total of 2,403 cases since the beginning of 2020.

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Health Ministry, said in the new wave of epidemic, 83% of Covid-19 patients had mild symptoms, which are difficult to detect at medical facilities.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines for care of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 at medical examination and treatment facilities.

The data show that Covid-19 patients have a wide range of clinical manifestations, from asymptomatic infections to severe clinical manifestations.

According to the latest guidance of the Ministry of Health, the incubation period of SARS-CoV-2 is 2-14 days, 5-7 days on average.

Common onset symptoms are fever, dry cough, fatigue and muscle aches. Some patients have sore throat, stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, productive cough, vomiting and diarrhea.

Only 14% of patients with severe developments such as pneumonia or severe pneumonia need specialized treatment at health facilities.

About 5% need treatment in intensive care units with acute respiratory symptoms (rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, cyanosis…), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), septic shock, organ failure including kidney damage and myocardial damage, leading to death, especially in the elderly and those who have a chronic illness or suffer from immunodeficiency.

According to the Ministry of Health’s regulations, Covid-19 patients are eligible to declare recovery when their fever has been gone for at least 3 days and they have had 3 consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart from each other.

In Vietnam, the number of child patients with Covid-19 is low. Most infected children have milder clinical manifestations than adults, or have no symptoms. Common signs in children are fever and cough, or symptoms of pneumonia.

By February 25, there were 604 Covid-19 patients under treatment, including two very serious cases who need EMO intervention.

Patient 1536, who is a 79-year-old woman returning from the US, is the most serious Covid-19 case in Vietnam, even worse than former patient 91, a British pilot. The woman is staying at the Da Nang Lung and Respiratory Diseases Hospital. She has a medical history of diabetes and high blood pressure. The Ministry of Health has held six national consultations on her case.

Another case in critical condition is patient 1823, a 65-year-old man from Hanoi’s Me Linh District. He has been treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases since February 2. ECMO machine is being used. He tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time.

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Eight COVID-19 cases recorded on February 25



Eight cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 12 hours to 6pm February 25, including seven locally-infected cases in Hai Duong, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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Conducting COVID-19 testing (Photo: VNA)

As such, the national tally increased to 2,420, with 827 domestic infections since January 27.

Nine provinces have recorded no new cases for 14 days or more.

The number of recovered patients increased to 1,804, while the death toll remains at 35.

Among those who are still under treatment, 62 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 57 twice and 77 thrice.

More than 88,580 people are still being quarantined across the country./.VNA


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