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Vietnam enters 53rd consecutive day without community infections

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Vietnam had no new cases of COVID-19 to report as of 6 a.m on October 25, entering the 53rd consecutive day without any new infections in the community, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The country has documented 1,160 SARS-CoV-2 infections so far.

Vietnam enters 53rd consecutive day without community infections

Of the total, 691 were infected with the virus domestically, including 551 linked with Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave began there on July 25.

Among the patients still under treatment, four have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, three twice, and 16 thrice. Currently, there is no patient in critical conditions.

As many as 1,051 patients have recovered while 35 have died from complications related to the disease. Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying health conditions.

There are 14,576 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit regions under quarantine at present, including 181 in hospitals, 13,208 in concentrated quarantine sites, and 1,187 at home.

VNA

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Vietnam Airlines apologizes after crew member causes local coronavirus transmission

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National carrier Vietnam Airlines issued an apology on Wednesday afternoon after one of its flight attendants violated government-mandated COVID-19 quarantine protocols, leading to Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted COVID-19 case in nearly three months.

D.V.H., a 28-year-old flight attendant with Vietnam Airlines, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on November 28 while self-quarantining. 

H. had previously tested negative for the virus twice while in quarantine at a quarantine facility in Ho Chi Minh City operated by Vietnam Airlines before being allowed to self-isolate at home, as per regulations.

While at home, H. transmitted the virus to a male friend who came to stay with him during his self-quarantine. 

The flight attendant also visited several public places and came into contact with many others during that period.

H. was registered as patient 1,342 on November 29. 

Shortly after, the friend who stayed with him was recorded as patient 1,347. 

Two other individuals who had been in direct contact with the friend were then confirmed as patients 1,348 and 1,349.

In Wednesday’s press release, Vietnam Airlines apologized for the COVID-19 infections originating from its staff member, who failed to follow quarantine regulations.

Vietnam Airlines admitted that its quarantine facility’s management and monitoring board were at fault, though it did reiterate that all quarantine regulations had been thoroughly explained to its staff.

The airline also emphasized its top priority is to ensure the COVID-19 prevention and control tasks for the safety of its passengers, officers, workers, pilots, and flight attendants.

Vietnam Airlines added it is working closely with local authorities to strictly deal with the violations and with the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and related agencies to strengthen quarantine measures for its staff members.

On Wednesday, the carrier temporarily suspended its head of Cabin Crew Division, Phan Ngoc Linh, for 15 days for his role in the violations.

The airline also temporarily suspended H. while it considers whether or not it will take further action for his violations of COVID-19 protocols.  

Vietnam Airlines built two quarantine facilities in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hanoi in June which it uses to host crew members and other staff from flights to and from virus-hit areas under the approvals of local authorities and Centers for Disease Control.

These facilities have so far served some 10,000 staff members.

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City decided to close the quarantine facility at 115 Hong Ha Street in Ward 2, Tan Binh District, where patient 1,342 had been quarantined before self-quarantining, on Wednesday following the incident.

Before patient 1,347, Vietnam had gone 88 days without an infection in the community.

The national tally stood at 1,358 as of 2:00 pm on Thursday, with 1,201 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.

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Woman’s body found without head, arm in Saigon River

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Police in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City are working with relevant specialized units and colleagues in the district’s Truong Tho Ward to investigate the case of a dismembered body found in the Saigon River.

Local residents spotted the body at around 1:00 pm on Wednesday.

Subsequently, Nguyen Van Chuc, a 63-year-old currently living in Binh Thanh District who specializes in body collection, was asked to retrieve the corpse and return it to the riverbank in Thu Duc’s Truong Tho Ward.

According to a preliminary investigation, the woman’s body was found with a bra and long yellow pants. 

It was missing an arm and half of its head.

No identity documents were found with the body.

The incident was reported to authorities in Thu Duc District who are continuing to investigate the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City police arrest Pakistani robbers

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have captured two Pakistanis on suspicion of robbing a man last month in Binh Chanh District.

The two suspects were identified as Zahid Abbas Ali, 37, and Ibrahim Ali, 49, officers said on Thursday, adding that they are facing robbery charges.

A Vietnamese man, Vo Minh Nam, was selling home appliances on the sidewalk in Pham Van Hai Commune, Binh Chanh District at 11:30 am on November 16, according to police reports.

Two foreign men got out of a white car parked nearby and approached Nam, pretending to make a purchase.

They asked for a gas cooker so Nam pulled out a bundle of cash, pointing at some specific bills to explain the price to the foreigners.

One of the ‘customers’ suddenly snatched the bundle of VND25 million (US$1,087) from the seller before fleeing in the car with his accomplice.

Nam shouted for help and chased after the car, managing to cling to one of the rear-view mirrors.

He dropped on the ground after a while because the mirror had come off.

Officers found the two suspects on Tran Hung Dao Street in Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1 at 8:15 pm on November 20 and took them to their police station.

Both suspects identified themselves as Zahid Abbas Ali and Ibrahim Ali, coming from Pakistan, and admitted to having robbed Nam.

Zahid snatched the cash while Ibrahim drove the car. They already spent the money and sent parts of it to their relatives.

The two Pakistanis have come into and out of Vietnam for many times during the past three years, according to police investigation.

Police discovered that they are members of a group of 4-5 foreigners having robbed vendors in Ho Chi Minh City and nearby places in the same manner

Officers are beefing up their probe to catch the other ring members.

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