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Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposes operation of 400 taxis as ambulance service

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed that 400 taxis be operated to take local residents to hospitals after the transport service was banned as part of COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the city.

The transport department asked the municipal People’s Committee to consider letting 200 taxis of Vinasun Corporation and 200 cabs of Mai Linh Group to resume operations.

This will provide favorable conditions for citizens to travel to local hospitals and medical centers.

In accordance with Directive No. 10 of the Ho Chi Minh City administration, all taxis, app-based car services, inner-city buses, and inter-provincial coaches were suspended from Sunday.

Following the ban, local residents have met a lot of difficulties whenever they need to go to healthcare facilities, the transport department stated.

During a social distancing period in the metropolis in April 2020, 200 Mai Linh taxis were operated to transport citizens to local infirmaries.

The cabs were required to park near several hospitals and not to pick up or drop off passengers along the street.

People only needed to contact switchboard No. 115, Vietnam’s official line for medical emergency response, to use the transport service.

These taxis, however, were not allowed to transport COVID-19 patients or suspected cases.

Vietnam has documented 13,862 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 5,546 recoveries and 69 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has recorded 10,575 local infections in 43 provinces and cities since a new outbreak began on April 27.

Ho Chi Minh City ranks second in the table with 2,013 cases.

The metropolis entered a period of enhanced social distancing on May 31 before the city’s administration issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening, enforcing stricter COVID-19 prevention and control measures, due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic.

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Vaccination progress “too slow”, minister urges ramp-up

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People in Hà Nội get their COVID-19 vaccinations on August 2. VNA/ Photo Minh Quyết

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long repeatedly urged localities nationwide to ramp up vaccination efforts, complaining that the vaccination rollouts were “too slow” in many places.

Up to Tuesday morning, more than 6.95 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Việt Nam and 712,864 people have received two shots.

Monday saw the highest number of doses administered in a day with nearly 538,500 jabs given. During the past week, the number of doses administered daily has ranged from 200,000 to 400,000.

The country planned to vaccinate at least 50 per cent of the adult population (18 years old and above) within 2021 and 70 per cent of the entire population of nearly 98 million by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

In an urgent message that the minister sent to chairpersons of cities/provinces People’s Committee on Monday, he emphasised the importance of ramping up vaccination at this time and said Việt Nam expects to receive many more vaccines late this year.

To ramp up vaccination drives and increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the country, Long asked localities to offer vaccines to all people aged above 18 years old with priority given to people working in the front line, elderly people or those having underlying health conditions.

“There is no limit on the number of people getting vaccinated in a day to make full use of the capacity that a vaccination site can provide,” he said.

Local authorities are now allowed to decide the health monitoring time for people after getting the vaccines instead of a compulsory 30 minutes of sitting at the vaccination sites.

The move is expected to help vaccination sites receive more people and ensure safe person-to-person distance.

Those who have to wait for their vaccination will be monitored and arrangements will be made for them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. 

The Ministry of Health also noted in locked-down areas, local authorities could arrange appropriate fixed or mobile vaccination sites, so people would not have to travel to other areas for vaccination.

“Vaccination is now a priority and urgent task for localities,” the minister emphasised.

However, he admitted that some localities have delayed implementing vaccination drives because they were too slow in transferring vaccines to their storehouses.

Meanwhile, other localities were too cautious in delivering vaccine shots as they only opened vaccination sites in hospitals and health facilities.

“It’s OK to set up mobile vaccination stations as long as safe distance among people is ensured,” he said, adding that the Health Ministry would support localities to set up such mobile vaccination stations if asked.

“Vaccination drives must be rolled out as soon as possible,” Long said, adding that from October to December this year, Việt Nam could receive up to 47-50 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Storage for a large volume of vaccines is also an issue of concern in Việt Nam.

The minister asked localities nationwide to review their capacity to store vaccines, especially their cooling systems with temperatures from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

“Many localities do not have enough facilities to store vaccines. The Health Ministry has provided them with information about vaccine doses that are expected between now and the end of the year so that provinces can prepare proper storage for their allocation,” the minister said.

Localities that failed to ensure vaccination progress would have their vaccines transferred to other localities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1002934/vaccination-progress-too-slow-minister-urges-ramp-up.html

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Dong Nai allows resumption of 145 taxis to transport patients to hospitals

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A street is under lockdown in Dong Nai. Dong Nai Province has allowed 145 taxis to resume operations to transport patients to hospitals during the shelter-in-place period – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Dong Nai Province has allowed 145 taxis to resume operations to transport patients to hospitals during the shelter-in-place period, while permitting shippers to return to work from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day.

The 145 taxis, which belong to the Mai Linh, Saigon, Lado and Long Thanh taxi operators, will also be used for essential cases, mainly medical purposes, including transporting people from/to quarantine centers, the Dong Nai Department of Transport said on August 5.

The provincial department granted QR identification codes to the taxis to make it easier for anti-virus forces to check and control the operation of these vehicles.

During their operations, these taxis must comply with Covid-19 safety protocols and make hand sanitizers and face masks available, while the drivers must have a negative Covid-19 test certificate and make online heath declarations before work.

Earlier, the Dong Nai Department of Industry and Trade allowed delivery workers, or shippers, to return to work in the daytime, the local media reported.

These shippers were told to have identifying characteristics such as a uniform, boxes, a business logo or a travel permit. Each delivery man is allowed to work at only one commune, ward or district.

The provincial government on July 31 decided to continue adopting the social distancing order under the prime minister’s Directive 16 for 15 more days from August 2 until 15 and imposed night movement restrictions.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83567/dong-nai-allows-resumption-of-145-taxis-to-transport-patients-to-hospitals.html

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Girl falls to death at apartment building in Hanoi

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A 12-year-old girl died after falling from the 12th floor to the third floor of an apartment building in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at the HH4C building in Linh Dam apartment complex in Hoang Mai District at around 10:00 pm on the same day.

Residents of the building heard a loud bang at that time and ran outdoors to check.

At the skylight area on the third floor, they saw a girl lying immobile.

The victim died on the spot, according to local authorities.

She was later verified to live in a flat on the 12th floor of the apartment building, a representative of its management board told Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper on Wednesday morning.

The girl was determined to have fallen from the window ventilator of her flat to the skylight.

“The girl’s parents had separated,” the management board’s representative said.

“During their investigation, the authorities discovered a suicide note allegedly written by the girl.”

Hoang Mai District police are investigating to clarify the cause of the incident.

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