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Storm Molave made landfall in central Vietnam

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Storm Molave made landfall in central Vietnam at noon on Wednesday, bringing winds as strong as 115-135km an hour and rainfall of 100-320mm throughout the region.

Phú Yen beach Wednesday morning battered by strong winds and waves. 

The disaster risk of the Molave storm is at Level 4 out of the country’s five warning levels.

Two vessels with 26 fishermen on board from Bình Định Province are missing, and Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng, who is in Đà Nẵng to direct response to the storm, asked the defence ministry to deploy two navy ships and three fisheries resources surveillance boats from Cam Ranh Port in Khánh Hoà to search for them.

The ships went missing at about 1pm yesterday as they attempted to return to the mainland to avoid the storm.

In the morning, the owner of another ship at sea who was able to get into contact with one of the missing ships said the 12 men on board are still safe, according to the Việt Nam Maritime Communications and Electronics company.

Deputy PM Dũng said helicopters are standing by to launch a search and rescue mission when the weather improves.

At 1pm, the eye of the storm was over Quảng Ngãi and Quảng Nam provinces, with winds weakening to 90-110km an hour, or scale 10-11 in the Beaufort wind force scale of 15, with gusts reaching up to scale 12.

Heavy rains, rising river water level, traffic interruptions, power outages, uprooted trees and damaged houses have been widely reported across the central region to the Central Highlands.

As of 12pm, power losses were reported in 403 communes and wards in Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, Phú Yên, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Đắk Lắk. The Central Power Corporation (EVNCPC) said it is trying to restore electricity to its customers as soon as possible.

Satellite photo of the storm Molave at 1pm Wednesday. — Photo courtesy ofthe National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting

At about 1pm, Quảng Ngãi Province authorities insisted people must not leave their home or shelter, even during when winds and rains seem to have stopped as it might be just the eye of the storm passing over.

All those evacuated to shelter should remain in place until 4pm when the worst of the storm passes and the debris and fallen trees on the roads are cleared, the provincial authorities requested.

At 10:30am, Đặng Văn Minh, Chairman of Quảng Ngãi People’s Committee, deployed an armoured military vehicle to bring a resident at Sông Trà Hotel to the hospital as he suffered from abnormally high blood pressure.

So far, hundreds of houses in Quảng Ngãi have collapsed or had their roofs blown off by this morning, and a number of canoes and boats anchored at Lý Sơn Island were reportedly sunk by the strong waves.

The provincereported two deaths this morning of men who fell to their deaths while preparing for the approaching storm.

At noon, Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands region confirmed another death. A 32-year-old man in Pleiku City did not survive the collapse of the wall of a house that he temporarily sought shelter in earlier in the morning.

Two fishermen stranded on a sinking fishing vessel in Tam Quang Commune, Quảng Nam Province, were rescued at noon.

Strong winds are said to be occurring from around 10am to 1-2pm, with persistent downpours to follow.

Da Nang police clear fallen trees on the road to ensure traffic safety Wednesday morning. 

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting in its 2:30pm report said in the next 12 hours, the storm is expected to move in a west-northwest direction before weakening into a low-pressure area over the Việt Nam-Laos border at around 7pm today.

The winds near the centre of the low-pressure system could reach 40-50km an hour, the centre said.

It warned that seas off the central coastal region from Đà Nẵng to Phú Yên, will see a highly disturbed ocean with waves as high as 4-6m and winds as strong as 75-100km an hour.

A damaged house in Sông Cầu Town, Phú Yên. 

Deputy PM Dũng said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc frequently called him to get updates on the situation.

Once the conditions permit, Dũng and a working group will visit the south-central region to monitor and direct relief efforts. — VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/storm-molave-made-landfall-in-central-vietnam-684515.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.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-confirms-seven-new-imported-covid-19-cases-4200514.html

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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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