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Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia October 9



No new COVID-19 cases in community on October 9 morning

Vietnam had no new COVID-19 cases in the community to report on October 9 morning for the straight 37th day, announced the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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Doctors at Hoa Vang Hospital in Da Nang city for COVID-19 treatment bid goodbye to the last COVID-19 patient of the hospital (Photo: VNA)

The new patient returned from Russia on flight QH9495 which landed at Can Tho airport in the Mekong Delta on September 26. He had close contact with patients 1094, 1091, 1092, and 1093. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 while staying in quarantine in Bac Lieu province.

The country has gone through 36 straight days without community transmission of the coronavirus in the country.

As of 6pm on October 8, the total number of recoveries was 1,023, while the number of fatalities remains at 35.

Among patients still under treatment, five have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, eight negative twice and five negative thrice.

A total 14,250 people are being quarantined nationwide, with 276 at hospitals, 11,817 at designated facilities and 2,425 at home or accommodations.

The national count remained at 1,100, including 409 imported cases quarantined upon their arrival and 691 locally transmitted ones.

As many as 1,023 patients have recovered while most of the 35 related deaths were elderly people with serious underlying health conditions.

Among those still under treatment, five have tested negative once for the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, eight others twice, and five thrice. No patients are in critical conditions at present, the treatment sub-committee noted.

There are 14,250 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit regions under quarantine now./.

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia October 9

German press praises Vietnam’s anti-pandemic model

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German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has spoken highly of Vietnam’s achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the country should be taken as a model in the fight.  

Analysing anti-pandemic models between developed and developing countries, the article on October 6 said Vietnam has acted as a positive role model for controlling and preventing the novel virus.

Creativeness and effective preventive measures, not wealth or higher education ground, play the decisive role in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, it said, highlighting while the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in most of the European countries, Vietnam, Mongolia and Thailand virtually wipe out the virus.

The pooled testing initiative really works for countries which have small capacity in testing, it said.

Germany, which has announced nearly 10,000 deaths associated with COVID-19 should learn experience from Vietnam – a country with a population of some 100 million people that has seen only 35 fatalities./.

Close to 250 Vietnamese citizens return home from Malaysia

Nearly 250 Vietnamese citizens were flown home safely on October 8 thanks to joint efforts by Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, and budget carrier Vietjet.

Passengers on board included children under 18 years old, the elderly, pregnant women, people with illnesses, workers whose labour contracts expired, students without accommodation due to dormitory closure, and others in difficult circumstances.

The Vietnamese Embassy sent its staff to the airport to help the citizens with check-in procedures.

Security, safety and hygiene measures were rigorously taken during the flight to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Upon landing at Can Tho International Airport in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, all the crew members and passengers were given medical check-ups and put under quarantine in line with current regulations.

In the time to come, more repatriation flights will be arranged to bring Vietnamese citizens home, depending on their demand and domestic quarantine capacity./.

Indonesia sees record daily number of COVID-19 cases on October 8

Indonesia reported 4,850 new cases of COVID-19 on October 8, a record daily number so far, raising the total to 320,564.

The same day, 108 people in the country died due to the coronavirus disease, raising the death toll to 11,580, the highest in Southeast Asia.

To help Indonesia curb the spread of the epidemic and mitigate its impact, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on October 7 signed an MoU on support to Indonesia.

Under the document, KOICA will grant 200,000 USD for the ICRC regional delegation to Indonesia and Timor Leste so that ICRC can expand its technical assistance for 67 prisons in six provinces and cities of Indonesia, benefiting more than 57,600 inmates.

Earliers, the ICRC delegation in Jakarta distributed hygiene material to 73 prisons in seven provinces and cities in Indonesia.

Also on October 8, the Philippines recorded 2,363 new COVID-19 cases and 144 deaths. The country so far counted 331,869 cases, the highest in Southeast Asia, and 6,069 fatalities./.

Patients given comprehensive care at Da Nang Hospital

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In order to prevent Covid-19 infections at medical facilities now it has resumed normal operations, Da Nang Hospital has introduced a comprehensive care process for patients. Family members will be limited from entering the hospital as staff take full care of patients during inpatient treatment.

Patients hospitalised during the Covid-19 pandemic could not receive any care from family members but were given comprehensive care from the hospital’s medical staff, from dental hygiene to bathing and nutrition.

Providing comprehensive care to inpatients is an effort to limit family visits and prevent epidemics in medical facilities. To facilitate information exchange between patients, family members, and medical staff, the hospital has special phone lines for updates on patients’ health status and care.

All hospitalised patients are screened for the coronavirus. All departments have also set up a temporary isolation area to prevent cross-contamination. 

The hospital is hoping to change the habits of family members visiting and caring for patients, among other things. Da Nang is taking the initiative to prevent risks from Covid-19 at medical facilities./.



Over 2,240 tested for COVID-19 after local infections detected in Ho Chi Minh City



Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have conducted COVID-19 tests on more than 2,240 people linked to four recent domestic infections.

As of Thursday morning, a total of 2,244 people in contact with patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 had been tested for the novel coronavirus, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen said at a meeting the same day. 

Among them, 1,632 have tested negative for the novel coronavirus once.

The remaining 612 people, including 11 F1 individuals – people who had direct contact with positive COVID-19 cases – are still waiting for results.

The most important task is to promptly and accurately track and quarantine all people who had contact with the patients in order to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community, the official remarked.

Patient 1,342, a 28-year-old flight attendant of national carrier Vietnam Airlines, returned from Japan on November 14, and came into contact with his colleague, patient 1,325, at the airline’s quarantine facility during his stay from November 14 to 18.

After his first two tests returned negative for COVID-19, he was allowed to go home to continue his self-quarantine period, during which he had contact with three people, including his mother, a male friend, and a female friend, at his rented house.

The male friend, a 32-year-old resident in District 6, was later confirmed as patient 1,347.

He had taught English at two branches of KEY English Center prior to his diagnosis.

Two people have caught the virus from him as of Thursday.

Patient 1,348 is a one-year-old infant, whose parents had asked patient 1,347 to look after him.

Patient 1,349 is a 28-year-old woman who previously attended English classes taught by patient 1,347.

Vietnam has recorded 1,358 coronavirus patients as of Thursday morning, with 1,201 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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

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New climate change action plan maps out most vulnerable neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City



District 12, Thu Duc District, Nha Be District, and Binh Chanh District have been named as the neighborhoods most susceptible to natural disasters in Ho Chi Minh City.

The finding was detailed in Ho Chi Minh City’s Action Plan on Climate Change for 2021-30 with a vision to 2050.

According to Bui Chi Nam from the Sub-Institute of Hydrometeorology and Climate Change (SIHYMECC) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the impacts of climate change will likely be felt most in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh, Cu Chi, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, and Go Vap Districts, as well as District 12. 

The report also noted Thu Duc and Cu Chi’s high adaptability to climate change will likely allow them to cope with climate-related dangers.

Le Anh Ngoc, an associate at SIHYMECC, shared several climate change scenarios for Ho Chi Minh City, with most involving steep increases in temperature and precipitation in the coming years that would likely hit the city’s northwestern to southeastern areas hardest.

Despite the city’s current flood control infrastructure, around 134,840 hectares of Ho Chi Minh City is projected to become inundated in the near future due to rising sea levels and other climate change hazards. 

This phenomenon is already being recorded across the city during the Saigon River’s high tides.

Tide levels in the city hit a new record in 2019, with Nha Be Station documenting water levels at 1.8 meters and Phu An Station at 1.7 meters during peak tides.

Saltwater intrusion is also continuing to move further upstream on the Saigon River, endangering the supply of fresh water for city residents.

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First Vietnamese patient cured of Hematohidrosis



After three years of treatment, the first Vietnamese person diagnosed with Hematohidrosis has recovered.

Hematohidrosis is a rarely seen disease with only 200 infected cases reported so far globally. In Vietnam, a 24-year old man became the first Hematohidrosis patient.

First Vietnamese patient cured of Hematohidrosis

When wearing white sandals, the area that was in contact with the skin would turn red

Dr Tran Hau Khang, chair of the Vietnam Dermatology Association and former director of the Central Dermatology Hospital, treated the patient. He said the patient met him for consultancy in May 2018 at the introduction of a professor at Hanoi Medical University.

The young man said every time he ran or did heavy work, his sweat would be red. When wearing white shirts and white sandals, the area that was in contact with the skin would turn red.

The phenomenon appeared about one month before he visited the doctor. He had gone for examinations at many hospitals, but doctors were unable to identify the cause.

Khang, who has spent many years researching rare diseases and dermatological phenomena, questioned the patient and performed a clinical examination. He thought that it was possibly Hermatohidrosis.

Two tests considered the gold standards in diagnosis of the disease were taken. They included a test to find the components of red blood cells in perspiration and the biopsy of skin to view pathological images.

After one week, the two tests showed positive results. The patient was then confirmed as suffering from Hermatohidrosis and became the first Hermatohidrosis patient in Vietnam.

Hermatohidrosis is not dangerous to health, but has a great psychological impact. Scientists believe the phenomenon occurs when someone falls into a state of excessive fear and stress.

Of the nearly 200 cases recorded so far in the world, many were prisoners under the death penalty who experienced the phenomenon on the day before the execution date. In other cases, the patients were crew members who faced storms at sea that could sink their ships. Other patients were those who lost their loved ones.

The 24-year-old man said that he suffered from constant anxiety, regular mental tension, and insomnia.

Khang stressed that while Hematohidrosis patients all have experienced emotional trauma or extreme stress, not everyone with psychological problems is susceptible to the phenomenon.

The causes behind Hermatohidrosis remain unclear. However, scientists believe that extreme stress, serious tension, and psychological disorder over a long period play a very important role in the pathogenesis of this rare phenomenon.

In order to treat Hermatohidrosis, Khang mostly prescribed sedatives to ease tension and relieve insomnia. He also offered consultations on how to relieve psychological disorder and avoid stress. 

Thu Ha


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