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Life returning to normal in former COVID-19 epicenter in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Once the province with the highest COVID-19 caseload in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Long An has started easing many of its social distancing rules since Tuesday, bringing the pace of life back to a sense of normalcy.

Starting 12:00 am on Tuesday, Long An Province has relinquished the stringent social distancing rules under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 and adopted Directive No. 15, which no longer bans outdoor travels and allows gatherings of less than 10 people.

Takeaway food services are allowed to reopen while manufacturing facilities can welcome workers back.

However, bus services are still shuttered and people still need to maintain a safe distance in public.

The new rules also mention the resumption of construction projects, essential services, banking and credit institutions, the stock market, and public administration services.

ATM machines in Long An Province are crowded after the easing of social distancing rules on  September 21, 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

ATM booths in Long An Province are crowded after the easing of social distancing rules on September 21, 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

A food stall in Long An Province is reopened after the easing of social distancing rules. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

A food stall in Long An Province is reopened after the easing of social distancing rules. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

Long An will still maintain COVID-19 checkpoints at gateways connecting the area with surrounding provinces, as well as internal boundaries separating safe zones with locales at high risk of transmission.

These checkpoints will only let certain demographics pass through, including frontline workers, suppliers of medicine and medical equipment, infrastructure maintenance workers, delivery workers, reporters, harvesting farmers, as well as those traveling for vaccination or medical checkups, plus vaccinated and tested people with travel passes.

A book store in Long An Province is reopened after the easing of social distancing rules. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

A bookstore in Long An Province is reopened after the easing of social distancing rules. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

One of the last COVID-19 checkpoints in Tan An City of Long An Province, September 21, 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

One of the last COVID-19 checkpoints in Tan An City of Long An Province, September 21, 2021. Photo: Son Lam / Tien Phong

Long An has recorded almost 31,000 coronavirus infections since the fourth wave of outbreak hit Vietnam in late April.

The high caseload made it one of the gravest outbreak sites in Vietnam, but recent attempts of local authorities in contact tracing, mass testing, and vaccination have helped the province put the situation in control, with 25,714 recoveries logged to date.

The province is pinning high hopes on a return to normalcy, as over 1.4 million residents of the province have received at least one jab against COVID-19, of which 13 percent have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, new infections and death numbers have been on a downward trajectory over the past two weeks.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210922/life-returning-to-normal-in-former-covid19-epicenter-in-vietnam-s-mekong-delta/63213.html

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Residents booked for violating pandemic prevention rules on Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown pedestrian street

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Many people have been booked for violating pandemic prevention and control measures as they hang out with their friends along Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Residents flocked to the Nguyen Hue promenade in downtown District 1 on Thursday evening to have a walk, get some fresh air, and chat with friends, according to the observation of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many of them parked their motorbikes on the sidewalk to have a chat and grab a bite, but did not follow pandemic response measures including wearing face masks in public and keeping a safe distance.

At around 7:30 pm, a group of district-level police officers patrolled the street and booked dozens of people for wrong parking and violating pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Several violators did not cooperate at first but eventually had to accept administrative fines after the officers provided the evidence of their offenses.

In one of the cases, L.V.D., 25, was booked for failure to wear a face mask in public places and illegal parking.

As D. denied his wrongdoings, an officer showed the video footage of him pulling the face mask down to his chin while talking to his friend.

The offender had no other choice but to sign the violation record, facing fines worth VND1-3 million (US$44-132) for failure to wear face masks in public and VND200,000-300,000 ($8-13) for illegal parking.

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

According to Major Dinh Tien Dung, deputy head of District 1’s traffic and order police unit, many people did not put on face masks or wore them improperly.

They only put on one when they saw police officers approaching, Dung continued.

“We decided to use cameras to film their violations from afar so that they won’t be able to deny their wrongdoings,” he said.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

Major Dung added that his unit had booked more than 200 of such violations on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street since the beginning of the week.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the hardest-hit locality since the fourth outbreak began on April 27, with over 422,200 local infections.

The city had imposed social distancing measures at various levels since May 31 before loosening multiple restrictions on October 1, because most of its adult population had been vaccinated with at least one dose.

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Ministry asks localities to increase inter-provincial passenger transport

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Coaches at Gia Lâm station in Hà Nội’s Long Biên District. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has issued a document asking People’s Committees of cities and provinces to coordinate on the implementation of temporary guidelines on transport activities.

The measures are to ensure safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has issued Resolution No.128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19. To implement the resolution, the Health Ministry has promulgated temporary medical guidance and the Transport Ministry has also released temporary guidelines on transport activities in the five areas of land, inland waterway, maritime, railway and aviation. 

Therefore, to ensure smooth and concerted transport activities, People’s Committees of cities and provinces were asked to direct local agencies and units to follow the ministry’s guidelines, and instruct departments of transport to increase passenger volume on fixed intra-provincial and inter-provincial routes licensed by the provincial authorities.

The ministry also suggested localities resume other routes depending on the local level of pandemic risk, while striving to maintain from 10 per cent to a maximum 50 per cent of licensed trips per month in line with requirements in the temporary guidelines.

In a report reviewing passenger transport activities on fixed routes during one week of resumption from October 13-18, the ministry said authorities of 48 provinces and cities had allowed the resumption of inter-provincial routes, while in 15 other localities, the transport departments had submitted plans to resume routes to the municipal/provincial authorities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063729/ministry-asks-localities-to-increase-inter-provincial-passenger-transport.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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