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Ho Chi Minh City to hold COVID-19 response drill

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health will conduct a drill to respond to possible worse developments of the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday on Tuesday.

The municipal Department of Health has issued a statement on the preparation of all possible resources to admit and treat COVID-19 patients amid the complicated developments of the pandemic in the world with the appearance of new Omicron sub-variants.

In the statement, it revealed a plan to conduct the drill based on a scenario in which the city detects a new Omicron sub-variant between January 20 and 26.

As a result, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 cases increases by three to four times with most of them showing symptoms. The number of seriously-ill patients also rises.

Up to 50 out of 70 ICU beds at the COVID-19 Department of the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases are occupied.

Nearly half of beds at departments responsible for COVID-19 treatment of general and specialized hospitals in the city are also used. However, no COVID-19 death is recorded.

In response, a special working team under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health in charge of managing severe and critical COVID-19 patients will report the situation to the department.

To deal with the situation, the department will immediately summon the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control and reopen the Field Hospital No. 13 to treat seriously-ill cases.

After the drill, the department will coordinate with the municipal Center for Disease Control and the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases to get lessons from it, provide them to the entire municipal healthcare system, and report the results to the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The national and Ho Chi Minh City steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control have asked the municipal healthcare sector to always get ready for urgent situations if the pandemic resurges during the Tet holiday, which commences in the middle of next week, and take the initiative in responding to new variants.

Earlier, the head of the municipal anti-COVID-19 steering committee asked that the Department of Health reopen the Field Hospital No. 13 with 100 ICU beds within 24 hours when the pandemic situation worsens.

The capacity of the field hospital will be revised depending on the developments of the pandemic to effectively treat severe cases and minimize deaths.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health will conduct a drill to respond to possible worse developments of the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday on Tuesday.

The municipal Department of Health has issued a statement on the preparation of all possible resources to admit and treat COVID-19 patients amid the complicated developments of the pandemic in the world with the appearance of new Omicron sub-variants.

In the statement, it revealed a plan to conduct the drill based on a scenario in which the city detects a new Omicron sub-variant between January 20 and 26.

As a result, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 cases increases by three to four times with most of them showing symptoms. The number of seriously-ill patients also rises.

Up to 50 out of 70 ICU beds at the COVID-19 Department of the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases are occupied.

Nearly half of beds at departments responsible for COVID-19 treatment of general and specialized hospitals in the city are also used. However, no COVID-19 death is recorded.

In response, a special working team under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health in charge of managing severe and critical COVID-19 patients will report the situation to the department.

To deal with the situation, the department will immediately summon the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control and reopen the Field Hospital No. 13 to treat seriously-ill cases.

After the drill, the department will coordinate with the municipal Center for Disease Control and the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases to get lessons from it, provide them to the entire municipal healthcare system, and report the results to the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

The national and Ho Chi Minh City steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control have asked the municipal healthcare sector to always get ready for urgent situations if the pandemic resurges during the Tet holiday, which commences in the middle of next week, and take the initiative in responding to new variants.

Earlier, the head of the municipal anti-COVID-19 steering committee asked that the Department of Health reopen the Field Hospital No. 13 with 100 ICU beds within 24 hours when the pandemic situation worsens.

The capacity of the field hospital will be revised depending on the developments of the pandemic to effectively treat severe cases and minimize deaths.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230115/ho-chi-minh-city-to-hold-covid19-response-drill/70965.html

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3 hospitalized after allegedly eating lethal horseshoe crab in south-central Vietnam

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Three people were hospitalized for treatment for food poisoning after allegedly eating toxic mangrove horseshoe crab in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, the Khanh Hoa General Hospital said on Sunday.

N.V.S., 35, is the worst case but was saved from a cardiac arrest, a respiratory arrest, and a deep coma by doctors at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

His prognosis remains poor, and he still requires mechanical ventilation.

The two other patients, N.G.H., 16, and N.P.Q., 19, are back in stable condition, with the latter recovering consciousness.

S., H., and Q. were among six people that allegedly ate a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), which is known to contain lethal tetrodotoxin and is often misidentified as edible horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus), at a restaurant in Khanh Hoa’s Ninh Hoa Town at around 9:00 pm on Saturday.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

This supplied photo shows a sea species suspected to be a mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) that was misidentified by a restaurant as a horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) in Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

The remainder of the group suffered from vomiting and dizziness.

Four other people who ate another serving of the same species retained good health.

The restaurant owner later told the food safety watchdog that they could not determine if the seafood they served were horseshoe crabs or mangrove horseshoe crabs.

Local police are investigating the case.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230206/3-hospitalized-after-allegedly-eating-lethal-horseshoe-crab-in-southcentral-vietnam/71344.html

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Ho Chi Minh City mull over leasing part of roadways, sidewalks

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is formulating a plan to lease part of the local roadways and sidewalks for activities other than traffic purposes.

The transport department has requested relevant units to review and create a list of streets whose roadbeds and sidewalks are suitable for activities other than traffic.

On November 15, 2022, this agency asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider replacing Decision No. 74/2008 on the management and use of roadbeds and sidewalks in the metropolis.

The department is now making a draft plan that will be considered as a replacement of Decision No. 74/2008.

The draft plan highlights that part of the roadways and sidewalks can be temporarily leased for activities such as merchandise sales, installation of public works and utilities, parking service, and cultural activities.

The transport department will continue to check the current state of road traffic infrastructure to complete this plan.

After more than 14 years of implementation, Decision No. 74/2008 has resulted in many improvements to the management of roadways and sidewalks in the city, but there are still multiple drawbacks.

There is still a lack of coordination between the city’s Traffic Safety Committee and Department of Planning and Investment.

The responsibility of district-level People’s Committees has not been specified.

Meanwhile, roadways and sidewalks in many districts are being encroached on for business and parking service without proper management by designated authorities.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/ho-chi-minh-city-mull-over-leasing-part-of-roadways-sidewalks/71337.html

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Vietnam’s Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, Ha Long Bay among world’s most brilliant places: Condé Nast Traveler

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields and the famous UNESCO-listed world heritage site Ha Long Bay, both in northern Vietnam, have been placed in the 2023 list of the most splendid destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

This list includes 40 famous landmarks from around the world, selected by the U.S.-based travel magazine, based on their vibrant scenery, including those of the aforementioned attractions of Vietnam. 

As a small mountainous town of Yen Bai Province, Mu Cang Chai is located at the foot of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain, about 300km from Hanoi.

The town has long been well known for its charming rice terraces that are beautiful year-round. 

This destination is widely famous for its impressive and spectacular pictures posted on the social network Instagram.

The green shade of the terraced fields in spring, when the seedlings sprout from the water, will turn to brilliant yellow at the end of fall, when the harvest season comes.

Visitors should visit this place in early October when the rice is about to be harvested to be able to admire the wonderful scenery. 

The best time to see the ripe rice is at sunrise and sunset.

At Mu Cang Chai, visitors can pass the yellow hue rice terraces to meet and talk with local people belonging to different ethnic minority groups, such as Thai, H’Mong, and Dao Do.

They can enjoy delicious, authentic meals that are prepared directly from farm to plate imbued with local characteristics.

Meanwhile, Ha Long Bay, in Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province, has been also honored by the magazine as an attractive destination, which has been voted by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO recognized world natural heritage site, in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, is seen from above in this image. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized World Natural Heritage Site, in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam is seen from above. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Ha Long Bay is endowed with clear blue water and more than 1,900 large and small islands, creating magnificent and fascinating scenery.

The bay, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994, is also a destination not to be missed for those who love exploring nature.

Tourists can take sightseeing tours by boat to indulge themselves in enjoying the quiet, romantic atmosphere of the elegant place.

Victors can experience impressive moments when taking special tours using helicopters and hydroplanes to contemplate the bay from above.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20230205/vietnams-mu-cang-chai-rice-terraces-ha-long-bay-among-worlds-most-brilliant-places-conde-nast-traveler/71312.html

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