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North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

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North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

At 5 a.m. Wednesday, people flock to the Saigon Station in District 3 to embark onto the SE8 train with the end station in Hanoi.

It’s the first North-South service train line to operate again, following nearly two months of suspension due to the impacts of Covid-19.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Passengers coming to the station must sign a document to guarantee that they’ve been vaccinated and they agree with quarantine measures at their destinations.

Nguyen Thanh Van sits down a staircase to sign the paper before returning to his hometown in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

“Four months prior, I traveled to Saigon for medical treatment, and I was stuck here until now. I’ve been fully vaccinated, so I only have to self-isolate myself for a week,” he said.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

At 5:30 a.m., employees begin to check passengers’ tickets and other relevant documents.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Passengers must have their body temperatures checked and have either “Covid-19 green passes” or Covid-19 vaccination certificates available. Negative coronavirus tests within the last 72 hours are also required. Anyone who doesn’t meet all requirements would not be allowed on board.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Do Quang Van, branch director of the Saigon Railway Transport, said 142 passengers out of 428 on board signed up to depart from Ho Chi Minh City after only one day of selling tickets. Most of them would end up in central and northern Vietnam.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Nguyen Thi Thanh, an employee at the station, checks the ticket and other relevant documents of a passenger.

“I’ve had to stay off work for two months due to the pandemic. Throughout the last 12 years, I’ve never been off work for so long. The first day I got to return to work and meet my colleagues and passengers, I was so happy,” Thanh said.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

According to the Saigon Railway Transport company, each train has nine cars: two with seats and seven with beds. There are also special trains reserved for passengers from high-risk areas.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Tran Thi Hong Nhung, 29, calls her husband with her daughter on her laps, informing him that they’ve been on board safely.

“I came from [the central province of] Quang Binh to Ho Chi Minh City to work as a kindergarten teacher for the past six years. For the past few months, schools have been closed. I miss my hometown so much I purchase tickets the moment trains get running again,” she said, adding that her husband stays back in Ho Chi Minh City to work, and she and her daughter would return once schools reopen.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

At 6 a.m., the SE8 train leaves the Saigon Station. Along the way, it would stop at 23 stations.

More trains would also be available to serve rising travel demands, said the Saigon Railway Transport company.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Some passengers could not get on board due to lacking certain requirements like being fully vaccinated or valid negative coronavirus tests.

Phan Thi Hang (pictured), 29, said she has only received one Covid-19 vaccine shot, so she was not allowed to board the train back to her hometown in Nghe An in north central Vietnam. Hang said she came to Binh Duong that borders HCMC as an informal worker, while her husband is a construction worker. While she and her child intended to go back to their hometown, her husband would stay back so he could pay off rent of the past few months.

“I’m calling for my husband to come pick me up. I did not look up regulations carefully so my hands are tied. I would have to wait for a different opportunity,” she said.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

In Hanoi, at 11:45 a.m., a train from Hai Phong reaches the Long Bien Station. It is the first train to arrive in the capital ever since railway transport is allowed to re-operate.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

An employee at the Long Bien Station in Hanoi checks the papers of a passenger upon exiting the train: a vaccination certificate and a negative coronavirus test.

North-South trains resume operation post-lockdown

Hoa is one among 36 passengers who return to Hanoi from Hai Phong, three months after she left the capital to evade the coronavirus.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/news/north-south-trains-resume-operation-post-lockdown-4371381.html

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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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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211022/ho-chi-minh-city-doctors-excise-over-100-tumors-from-womans-abdomen/63725.html

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Minor quake strikes Central Highlands region again

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A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Kon Plong district of Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands on October 21 evening, according to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Institute of Geophysics.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.
 

The quake shook the area at a depth of approximately 8.1km at around 20:21 and caused no injuries.

This is the third consecutive earthquake that has struck Kon Plong district since October 17.

Two subsequent quakes measuring 2.8 and 3.5 on the Richter scale jolted the district on October 17.

None of these minor earthquakes posed a natural disaster risk to the locality, said experts from Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre.

According to the centre, Kon Plong district had recorded dozens of earthquakes with a magnitude of no more than 4.0 from April to June 2021, causing no natural disaster risk.

The Institute of Geophysics has set up an additional monitoring station in order to better understand and promptly warn of dangerous geological phenomena, if any.

Source: VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/minor-quake-strikes-central-highlands-region-again-785040.html

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