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Man gets 6 years for smuggling rhino horns from Mozambique

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Man gets 6 years for smuggling rhino horns from Mozambique

12 rhino horn pieces seized at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC on March 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tan Son Nhat Airport Customs.


A HCMC court Friday sentenced a man to six years in jail for illegally transporting rhino horns weighing over six kilograms from Mozambique.

Nguyen Anh Duong, 49, of the northern Quang Ninh Province was found guilty of “violating regulations on the management and protection of endangered, precious and rare animals,” Phap Luat TPHCM (HCMC Laws) newspaper reported.

He claimed in the court that in Mozambique a Chinese acquaintance had paid him VND8 million ($345.17) to transport “rare goods” to Vietnam without telling him what they were, and he had not checked them either.

On March 6 he was caught at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC by customs officials with 12 rhino horns wrapped in aluminum foil in his luggage.

African rhinos are on the list of endangered wildlife species that are not allowed to be hunted, traded, stored, or transported under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Duong admitted he knew it was illegal to transport rhino horns.

The sale and purchase of rhino horns are strictly prohibited in Vietnam.

There is big demand for rhino horn in Vietnam as well as China where some traditional medicine practitioners use it to treat a range of conditions. Many people believe rhino horn has near-miraculous powers to cure diseases like cancer. Besides, rhino horn is considered a status symbol.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/man-gets-6-years-for-smuggling-rhino-horns-from-mozambique-4195006.html

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Three districts in Ho Chi Minh City can propose social distancing: official

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Authorities of District 6, Tan Binh District, and Binh Tan District in Ho Chi Minh City can seek permission to implement social distancing if necessary, Tu Luong, deputy director of the municipal department of Information and Communications, said at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee will approve social distancing in areas at high risk of infection, according to Luong.

The said three districts are where COVID-19 patients and their contacts have visited over the past days.

Besides, authorities of District 1, District 3, District 6, District 10, Phu Nhuan District, Binh Tan District, and Tan Phu District were requested to inspect the places patient 1,347, Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted COVID-19 patient after nearly three months, had visited and to seal them off when necessary. 

The city’s authorities emphasized the importance of criteria guiding the behaviors of organizational and individual economic constituents in the pandemic context, which was issued in May.

Agencies, organizations, and people must strictly follow the regulations of wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer in public places, especially at schools and hospitals.

The municipal People’s Committee requested that patient 1,342, a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who spread the disease to his friend that later became patient 1,347, be strictly handled for violating the COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

The city’s authorities also asked competent agencies to study regulations and appropriate punishments for people who spread dangerous infectious diseases to the community, Luong said.

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control has tested a total of 737 samples since Tuesday afternoon, of which 37 samples were from people in direct contact with patient 1,342, and 372 from those in close contact with patient 1,347.

All of those 737 samples returned negative for the novel coronavirus.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 1,351 as of 4:30 pm on Wednesday, with 1,195 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Southeast Asian country had gone 88 days without an infection in the community before patient 1,347 was announced on Monday.

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported Covid-19 cases

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported Covid-19 cases

A medical staff conducts novel coronavirus tests on human samples in the central province of Nghe An. Photo by VnExpress/Van Hai.


Vietnam confirmed seven new imported Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking the national tally to 1,358.

“Patient 1,352” is a 10-month old girl who landed November 11 at the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province from Russia on Vietnam Airlines flight VN5062.

She is being treated at the Cam Ranh General Hospital. “Patient 1,353,” a 64-year old woman from Da Nang, “Patient 1,354”, a 54-year old man from the northern province of Ha Nam, and “Patient 1,355”, a 65-year old man from the northern province of Bac Ninh landed November 30 at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from France on Vietnam Airlines flight VN10.

They are being treated at the Dong Nai Lung Hospital in the eponymous southern province.

“Patient 1,356” is a 17-year old girl from the central province of Thanh Hoa who arrived November 23 at the Da Nang International Airport from the U.S., transiting in South Korea.

The U.S. flight was KE094 of Korean Air and the South Korea flight was VN431 of Vietnam Airlines, with three Covid-19 cases having been confirmed on the latter. She is being treated at the Da Nang Lung Hospital.

“Patient 1,357” is a 23-year old woman from southern Tay Ninh Province who landed November 30 at the Can Tho International Airport from the Philippines on Vietjet flight VJ2527. She is being treated at the Can Tho TB and Lung Diseases Hospital.

“Patient 1,358” is a 25-year old Indian man who landed November 28 at the Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city from the United Arab Emirates on Emirates flight EK394. He is being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District.

The new cases take the national Covid-19 tally to 1,358, with 1,201 recoveries, six of whom were discharged Wednesday. The death toll stays at 35.

Vietnam this week has recorded several community transmissions after going 89 days without one. A resident of HCMC was confirmed infected Monday after contracting it from a flight attendant. The man then spread the virus to a nephew and one of his English students.

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported cases

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Vietnam confirms seven new imported cases

A medical staff conducts novel coronavirus tests on human samples in the central province of Nghe An. Photo by VnExpress/Van Hai.


Vietnam confirmed seven new imported Covid-19 cases Wednesday, taking the national tally to 1,358.

“Patient 1,352” is a 10-month old girl who landed November 11 at the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province from Russia on Vietnam Airlines flight VN5062.

She is being treated at the Cam Ranh General Hospital. “Patient 1,353,” a 64-year old woman from Da Nang, “Patient 1,354”, a 54-year old man from the northern province of Ha Nam, and “Patient 1,355”, a 65-year old man from the northern province of Bac Ninh landed November 30 at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from France on Vietnam Airlines flight VN10.

They are being treated at the Dong Nai Lung Hospital in the eponymous southern province.

“Patient 1,356” is a 17-year old girl from the central province of Thanh Hoa who arrived November 23 at the Da Nang International Airport from the U.S., transiting in South Korea.

The U.S. flight was KE094 of Korean Air and the South Korea flight was VN431 of Vietnam Airlines, with three Covid-19 cases having been confirmed on the latter. She is being treated at the Da Nang Lung Hospital.

“Patient 1,357” is a 23-year old woman from southern Tay Ninh Province who landed November 30 at the Can Tho International Airport from the Philippines on Vietjet flight VJ2527. She is being treated at the Can Tho TB and Lung Diseases Hospital.

“Patient 1,358” is a 25-year old Indian man who landed November 28 at the Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city from the United Arab Emirates on Emirates flight EK394. He is being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District.

The new cases take the national Covid-19 tally to 1,358, with 1,201 recoveries, six of whom were discharged Wednesday. The death toll stays at 35.

Vietnam this week has recorded several community transmissions after going 89 days without one. A resident of HCMC was confirmed infected Monday after contracting it from a flight attendant. The man then spread the virus to a nephew and one of his English students.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-confirms-seven-new-imported-cases-4200514.html

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