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Mobile apps help city fight COVID-19

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The interface of the information portal Tổng Đài 1022. Photo:sggp.org.vn

HCM CITY — Due to the complexity of the latest COVID-19 outbreak in HCM City, residents have been asked to download and install the apps named ‘Y Tế HCM’ and ‘Tổng đài 1022’ on their iOS or Android devices for ease of health declaration and information updates.

The app ‘Y Tế HCM’ is being used by over 9,600 companies and state units, including 6,272 medical units and 3,422 companies for electronic health declarations.

The mobile apps have QR code scanning that allows users to scan the corresponding QR code located at the entrance of a company, state office, or convenience store to carry out their health declaration process.

There is a button that captures the screen when the process finishes, making even technology novices feel at ease.

Another of its useful functions is the check-in record, which helps users save the history of the locations they have visited and health declarations, also via QR code scanning.

Users only need to report their health status once a day and use this form, under a personal QR code, for the next 24 hours.

“The app has many advantages. I have downloaded the application to my device. I think it’s a way to protect the health of myself and the community,” Hạnh Loan, a resident in District 6, told Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper.

According to Võ Thị Trung Trinh, deputy director of the city’s Information & Communications Department, the city is working with the Ministry of Information and Communications to upload collected health declarations of city residents to the shared database of the city and national database centres linked to the database of the Health Ministry.

This app is expected to improve the speed and accuracy of the COVID-19 infection tracking tasks in the city.

In addition, the app named ‘Tổng Đài 1022’ developed by the HCM City Department of Information and Communications receives information updates from residents.

The portal app had the latest reliable news and problem-handling from authorities in 12 subjects, including traffic infrastructure, telecoms facilities, and lighting systems in the city.

Recently, the app has been used to receive reports on violations of COVID-19 prevention measures, illegal trading of items during social distancing, detection of strangers in neighbourhoods, and suspicious cases of COVID-19 infections.

The app also displays a digital map with updated information about lockdown areas in the city, locations of COVID-19 infections, locations that sell facemasks, healthcare institutes, and essential convenience stores.

According to a representative of the HCM City Department of Information and Communications, all information will be recorded and transferred to relevant authorities for handling as an emergency situation.

The portal has received over 7,800 useful information updates from residents throughout the city so far, all of which have been transferred to the corresponding localities for handling. 

Ealier, HCM City’s Health Department has started delivering COVID-19 test results identified by QR code through the e-health medical declaration system to the smartphones of those tested on a trial basis.

 

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/991810/mobile-apps-help-city-to-fight-covid-19.html

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People enjoy outdoor exercise in Ho Chi Minh City’s low-risk district

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Residents of two wards in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City took part in physical activities at local parks for the first time in months on Tuesday afternoon as local authorities began piloting another step to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

The People’s Committee of District 7 held a ceremony to launch a trial of the resumption of physical training and sports facilities on Tuesday afternoon, following the announcement of the scheme a day earlier.

The new regulation took effect immediately for people living in the district’s Tan Phong and Tan Phu Wards, home to a large expat community, before being applied to all wards.

Residents of those two wards are allowed to walk and exercise in two parks — Canh Doi on N-Nam Street and the S area of Nam Vien Park — and five tennis courts for a ten-day period until September 30.

The time frame for outdoor exercises is regulated at 6:00 am – 8:00 am and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, while only those that have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or recovered from the disease within the past six months are permitted to work out.

They must reside in a green zone as shown in the city’s COVID-19 map bando.tphcm.gov.vn and register with ward authorities for permission.

Everyone must wear face masks and keep a distance of two meters from one another while the number of people is limited at the scale of one person per ten square meters.

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk on a footbridge at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

If the trial phase goes smoothly, from October 1 onward, outdoor exercise and sports activities would be expanded to all ten wards of District 7.

Indoor sports clubs, football fields, stadiums, and all parks equipped with workout equipment are expected to resume operation in this period.

In this phase, those having one COVID-19 shot would be allowed to exercise while wearing a mask would be mandatory.

A woman goes for a walk with her baby at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A woman goes for a walk with her baby on a footbridge at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

The epicenter of Vietnam’s fourth COVID-19 wave that emerged in late April, with 348,220 community transmissions, Ho Chi Minh City has gone through various levels of social distancing since June.

Tuesday afternoon is the first time people in District 7 have stepped out of their homes for outdoor exercises since July 9 as the city’s dwellers have been requested not to make unnecessary travels.

The district’s authorities have gradually loosened COVID-19 restrictions after declaring its control over the coronavirus pandemic.

“I feel excited to go for a walk in the park as I’ve never stayed home for so long,” said Nguyen Thi Thanh, a resident of Tan Phong Ward.

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A man goes for a walk with his son at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A man goes for a walk with his son at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People are granted permits to go for walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

People are granted permits to go for walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

An officer patrols as people go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

An officer patrols as people go for a walk at a park in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 21, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

Storm Dianmu has damaged a house in Binh Dong Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, September 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Linh


Two hours after making landfall on Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai provinces early Friday, Dianmu has weakened into a depression.

The storm entered the central strip of Vietnam around 4 a.m. Friday.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the depression that used to be the storm now lies at the Vietnam-Laos border area, with its strongest wind speed at 40 kph.

No human casualties have been reported so far.

Within Friday, it will move in the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15-20 kph.

Under the storm’s influence, provinces along the central strip from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh had received rainfall of 100-200 millimeters and up to 350 millimeters in several places from 7 a.m. on Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai received rainfall of 80-150 mm and more than 150 mm at some places.

Provinces of Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue should expect rainfall of 80-150 mm or higher within Friday.

Dinanmu is the sixth storm that has entered the East Sea so far this year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/storm-dianmu-weakens-into-tropical-depression-after-hitting-central-vietnam-4361287.html

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Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support

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According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

Tu Anh

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/over-67-of-covid-19-patients-at-hcm-city-covid-19-resuscitation-hospital-need-psychological-support-776618.html

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