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Shuttered schools in Ho Chi Minh City reopen after new COVID-19 outbreak suppressed

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School facilities implicated as ‘high risk’ during a brief re-emergence of COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City in early December are back in operation after two weeks of closures.  

In late November and early this month, Ho Chi Minh City confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 community transmission, which broke Vietnam’s streak of 88 days without a single infection in the community. 

Contact tracing on the four cases, labelled Patient 1,342, 1,347, 1,348 and 1,349, found hundreds of people at risk after contacting the infected, which in turn led to the shutdown of several schools to negate further threats of transmission. 

Thanks to the relentless measures taken by local authorities, Ho Chi Minh City has gone 15 days since it last recorded a COVID-19 infection, which allows schools come out of the brief shutdown.

According to Nguyen Thi Hong Chuong, principal of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High School in District 3, 48 of the school’s students were promptly quarantined after coming into contact with patient 1,347, an English teacher, at the school.

They were initially slated to return on Monday, but authorities agreed they could return six days earlier as there appeared to be zero likelihood of an infection.

The quarantined students will start their final exams on December 21, two days later than the rest of the school.

Classes are also back in session at Tran Quang Khai High School in District 11, following a two-week closure which began on December 4 when administrators asked the school’s 2,000 students to stay home following information that a 10th grader had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

A school representative has reported that students at Tran Quang Khai High School will begin entering their final exam period next week.

Four elementary schools in District 6, including Vo Van Tan, Nguyen Hue, Le Van Tam, and Binh Tien, plus 157 sixth-graders from Hong Bang Secondary School in District 5 were also allowed to return to school this week.

Operations at each of the affect schools have returned to normal following a short closure to ensure safety during the latest COVID-19 scare, according to Luu Hong Uyen, head of the Education and Training Department in District 6.

Ho Chi Minh City’s University of Finance – Marketing (UFM), is still closed due to the scare, but has plans to reopen on December 21.

“Lecturers and students are prepared for more lessons, up to a maximum of five per day, plus make-up shifts of their choice, to ensure we can stick to our education and exam schedule in late 2020,” said Dr. Hoang Duc Long, the president of UFM.

Nguyen Tat Thanh University (NTTU) will also welcome students back on December 21.

“All entrants to the school must wear face masks from the gate to the campus. Students without face masks will not be allowed inside,” Said Dr. Tran Ai Cam, acting president of NTTU.

Students at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City and Van Hien University resumed classes on December 7, while the campus of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City welcomed their students back since December 11. Sai Gon University, Ton Duc Thang University, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education have also followed suit.

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

Medical staffs take samples for Covid-19 test in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.


Health authorities confirmed 59 new local Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the national tally in the fourth wave starting April 27 to 9,173.

Of the new cases, 30 were recorded in HCMC, 19 in Bac Giang, six in Bac Ninh, three in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

All the cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh are associated with current outbreaks in the industrial parks there. The cases in HCMC and Ha Tinh are related to the previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam recorded 259 community transmissions in total Friday. Eighty discharges the same day raised the total number of recoveries to 4,733.

Of the 9,173 domestic cases recorded in 41 localities in the latest Covid-19 wave, Bac Giang, neighboring Bac Ninh and HCMC account for 5,083, 1,470 and 1,346, respectively.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-confirms-59-new-local-covid-19-cases-4296400.html

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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam

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Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son has signed a decision allowing three foreign centres for education quality accreditation to operate in Vietnam.

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FPT University completes quality accreditation in line with new assessment standards (Photo: FTU)

Accordingly, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN), which are based in Germany, will operate in Vietnam for five years.

Of the organisations, ASIIN and AQAS have been recognised by the German Accreditation Council.

FIBAA was licensed to implement evaluation and recognition of higher education establishments and programmes in the fields of law, business, management, social science and social and behavioral sciences.

Meanwhile, ASIIN will provide evaluation and recognition of higher education institutions and training programmes specialising in natural sciences, engineering and statistics, computing and information technology, educational science, and teacher training.

AQAS is allowed to evaluate and recognise higher education institutions and training programmes at all levels in line with Vietnam’s regulations./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/three-foreign-education-quality-accreditation-centres-licensed-in-vietnam-747112.html

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HCM City leads national COVID tally on Friday with highest daily increase

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Medical workers take COVID-19 samples from residents in residential area No 1 in Ward 15, HCM City’s Gò Vấp District. VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — HCM City broke its record daily increase of new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 149 locally-transmitted infections. A day earlier, it reported 137 cases, according to the Health Ministry. 

Việt Nam confirmed 264 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including five imported and 259 locally-transmitted infections.

Among the domestic infections, 149 were found in HCM City, 76 in Bắc Giang, 16 in Bắc Ninh,12 in Bình Dương, three in Hà Tĩnh, two in Hòa Bình and one in Lào Cai. Of them, 232 were detected in quarantine or locked down areas.

So far, the country has recorded 12,414 COVID-19 cases, including 10,755 domestic and 1,669 imported infections. The number of cases since the fourth wave of the pandemic began on April 27 has reached 9,172.

The ministry said as many as 4,733 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, as 80 of them were given the all-clear on Friday. Meanwhile the death toll reached 62 as the latest death was reported on Friday afternoon.

Twenty-four provinces have gone 14 days without detecting new cases.

By Friday evening, nearly two million vaccine doses have been administered, with 89,833 people fully vaccinated with two shots. About 14-20 per cent of the vaccinated people experienced post-vaccination reactions, equal to the proportion stated by vaccine producers and the World Health Organization.

Regarding vaccination against COVID-19 for elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, Dương Thị Hồng, deputy director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that they were among vulnerable groups facing a high risk of COVID-19 infection, so they needed to get vaccinated. However, the vaccination would be delivered to them only when they were in stable health conditions with health indicators in normal limits, Hồng said.

HCM City’s vaccination drive with nearly 800,000 vaccine doses donated by Japan to Việt Nam would begin on Saturday. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/977087/hcm-city-leads-national-covid-tally-on-friday-with-highest-daily-increase.html

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