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Returnees from Da Nang can go to work after quarantine without COVID-19 testing: HCDC

Ho Chi Minh City residents who recently returned from the central city of Da Nang, Vietnam’s current COVID-19 outbreak epicenter, can get back to work after finishing the required 14-day quarantine regardless of their COVID-19 testing status, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Diseases Control (HCDC) has said.

Those who have finished the government-mandated quarantine period and exhibit no disease symptoms are eligible to return to their offices, even if they have not been sampled for COVID-19 testing or have been sampled with results still pending, according to an HCDC announcement.

However, these people must strictly take preventive measures, including wearing a face mask when leaving their house or at work, not going to crowded places, not staying in close contact with other people, washing their hands regularly, and self-monitoring their health condition.

In addition, they must keep a detailed record of their whereabouts from the date of leaving Da Nang until their test results are available.

As of Friday afternoon, as many as 13,000 people in Ho Chi Minh City who had returned from Da Nang from July 1 have yet to be sampled for COVID-19 testing, while 3,000 samples have not been tested, HCDC reported.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has requested competent district-level agencies to finish sampling all the remaining returnees from Da Nang by Sunday, August 9, and release test results by August 11.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has 13 institutions, including eight hospitals, authorized by the Ministry of Health to perform the COVID-19 confirmation test.

Eight more hospitals are capable of conducting conclusive COVID-19 testing and pending health ministry authorization.

The southern metropolis has reported eight COVID-19 cases since July 25, when Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted infection after 99 days was detected in Da Nang.

The central city has since logged 235 infections and seven fatalities.

Nationwide, Vietnam has logged a total of 789 COVID-19 cases, of which 395 have made a full recovery and ten, with underlying conditions, have died.

 

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Hoi An reopens after enhanced social distancing

Hoi An Ancient Town in central Quang Nam Province started welcoming tourists again on Thursday after two months of social distancing to stall COVID-19, offering a 50 percent discount on admission fees at many well-known destinations.

According to Truong Thi Ngoc Cam, director the Center for Culture, Sports, Radio and Television of Hoi An City, promenades in the famous tourist attraction have resumed operations.

A 50 percent discount on admission fees at all destinations will be applicable until the end of October.

Local authorities have plans to extend the discount program until the end of this year.

Motorized vehicles will be banned from entering the ancient quarter from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Art and performance activities have also been organized in the area, including the ‘bai choi’ folk singing game at the An Hoi junction or the blindfolded pot smashing game on Chau Thuong Van Street.

Other performances, such as the ‘Tieng Duong Cam’ (The Sound of Piano) music show, ‘Trang phuc Hoi An – Ky uc thoi gian’ (Hoi An Fashion – Memories of Time) fashion show, are available on weekends. Street stalls and shops have also been reopened.

During the social distancing period, the local government upgraded public facilities and expanded sidewalks to improve tourism services.

A new lighting system has been installed on Le Loi Street and Hai Ba Trung Street, while the decorative lighting system of Hoi An City has been improved.

Other tourist attractions in Hoi An, including Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Thanh Coconut Village, and Thanh Ha Pottery Village, have been opened again with some discount programs.

On Wednesday, Hoi An City’s government gave approval for the Quang Nam Tourism Association and some households to organize Tan Thanh Market on Nguyen Phan Vinh Street every Saturday, from early October to the end of this year.

Traders at the market are encouraged to sell local handicraft products and specialties.

The city started suspending all activities on July 28 in the wake of a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in neighboring Da Nang three days earlier.

With more than 30 positive cases, Hoi An was one of the two epicenters of Quang Nam Province.

Meanwhile, Da Nang released its last COVID-19 patient from the hospital on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health.

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One killed, one injured in Ho Chi Minh City hotel fire

One person was killed and another was injured after a fire erupted at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City early Friday morning.

The flames broke out on the fifth floor of a hotel on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Ward 12, District 10 at around 5:20 am, according to preliminary information.

People inside the hotel and local residents tried to put out the blaze but the situation spiraled out of control.

Tens of firefighting officers and many fire engines were dispatched to the scene and they eventually extinguished the fire.

L.T.T.T., 25, who was from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, was killed, and P.T.S., 50, who hails from the central city of Da Nang, was wounded following the incident.

A 12-square-meter room and many assets were burned down.

Local authorities are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Tree falls on Saigon street, kills motorcyclist

A man riding a motorbike was killed when a tree fell on him in Ho Chi Minh City during a downpour on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred at around 3:30 pm on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10.

It was raining heavily when the 20-meter-tall tree collapsed on the still unidentified motorcyclists. 

Two other motorbikes and a sign belonging to a nearby store were also damaged during the incident.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

The victim was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital, 1.4 kilometers from the scene, with one-third of his right shoulder shattered, a crushed right arm, and fractured left forearm bones.

A CT scan showed that the patient had a one-centimeter thick epidural hematoma on his right temporal membrane, putaminal hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and accumulation of intracranial air, according to Cho Ray Hospital’s director Nguyen Tri Thuc.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

“Although the hospital urgently mobilized the entire force to give emergency treatment [to the patient], his injuries were too severe,” Dr. Thuc said.

The patient passed away on Friday morning, the hospital director confirmed.

In June, a falling tree branch also killed a motorcyclist during a rainstorm in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10.

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

A falling tree, which killed a motorcyclist, blocks a section of Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, September 24, 2020. Photo: Huynh Luu Duc Toan / Tuoi Tre

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