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Vietnam province enforces extensive social distancing after detecting 5 local coronavirus cases



Authorities in Vietnam’s Thai Binh Province have enforced social distancing rules in all of its districts since 12:00 pm on Thursday after local health officials confirmed five cases of coronavirus infection in the community within just a few hours.

The Thai Binh Party Committee convened an urgent meeting on Thursday to address the current COVID-19 situation. 

All five cases can be linked to an infection cluster at the Dong Anh District branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, a central-level facility that treats COVID-19 patients in Hanoi.

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The five cases were positive for the pathogen during their first tests, according to the Thai Binh Center for Disease Control (Thai Binh CDC).

They have recently visited the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases as either patients or caretakers.

Health workers in Thai Binh are scrambling to perform contact tracing and detect direct and indirect contacts of the confirmed patients.

All K-12 students in the province have been told to stay home until further notice, starting Thursday.

Since 12:00 pm on Thursday, Thai Binh has been put under a province-wide social distancing mandate, which includes a ban on public gatherings of 20 people or more, a halt to all non-essential service and businesses, as well as suspension of all cultural, sports, and entertainment activities. 

The province urged official and grassroots monitoring groups to detect threats of COVID-19 transmission early.

A sign in front of a household in Thai Binh Province that reads ‘self-isolation zone.’ Photo: Khanh Linh / Tien Phong

A sign in front of a household in Thai Binh Province reads ‘self-isolation zone.’ Photo: Khanh Linh / Tien Phong

Patients’ itinerary

According to Thai Binh CDC, the five patients have traveled to multiple destinations during the last few days.

N.T.A., 34, from Hung Dao Village of Kien Xuong District, arrived at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases on April 21 to take care of his father, who was staying at Room 501 in the hospital’s department of infectious diseases. 

A. then boarded a bus at Hanoi’s Giap Bat Bus Station at around 5:00 pm on Tuesday to head home. 

On Wednesday morning, A. went to Thai Binh Province’s social security office to file paperwork. 

He reported himself to a local medical facility at 2:20 pm the same day after being informed about a COVID-19 case that stayed in the same hospital room as his father. 

His test result turned out positive on Thursday.

Initial contact tracing efforts detected eight direct contacts and 13 indirect contacts of A., while 14 passengers who were on the same bus from Hanoi to Thai Binh as the patient are still being inspected.

Meanwhile in Thai Thuy District, three other cases were detected, including N.T.N., 70, from Hong Dung Commune, P.T.D., 38, N.’s daughter from Thuy Quynh Commune, and C.T.V., 45, from Hong Dung Commune. 

Earlier, N. and D. were treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Disease before being transferred to the Thai Binh Lung Hospital. 

Both tested positive for COVID-19 around 4:00 pm on Thursday and are receiving treatment at Thai Binh General Hospital. 

V. also spent time at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases before being sent to quarantine at Thai Thuy District’s medical center and received a positive test result at 5:00 pm on Thursday.

The patient is now being treated at Thai Binh General Hospital. 

The remaining case has been identified as T.T.H., 44, from Tam Quang Commune of Vu Thu District, whose husband was a patient at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases. H. has been sent to Thai Binh General Hospital for treatment.

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients



Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

A man walks a bicycle past the Saigon General Hospital in HCMC’s District, June 22, 2021. The hospital is currently locked down as linked to at least five Covid-19 cases. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

Many new Covid-19 cases detected in HCMC recently are of people visiting hospitals seeking treatment for other health problems, meaning their transmission sources are unclear.

The number of daily cases in HCMC has kept passing the 130 mark for over a week now, making up the highest number of cases reported nationwide.

Part of the cases are related to clusters the city has identified, but more than a few have only been detected after patients visited local hospitals for health examinations and a screening step later revealed they’d contracted the new coronavirus.

Over the past two weeks, the city has been detecting new infections without clear sources of transmission every day.

It means the virus has spread quietly in the community, according to the city’s Center for Disease Control.

On Wednesday morning, of 51 cases confirmed in HCMC, 10 were detected after visiting local hospitals for their medical checkups. They are residents of districts of 8, 10, 4 and Thu Duc City.

On Tuesday, as the city recorded 136 patients, nine were found in similar circumstances, having come on their own for health checks to local hospitals.

The ratio was 137:19 last Sunday, 135:20 last Saturday and 149:13 last Friday.

So far in the new wave that broke out two months ago, many healthcare facilities in the city have had to suspend operations or placed under lockdown after finding patients with Covid-19.

Most recently, the Saigon General Hospital on Le Loi Street of District 1 was locked down starting Tuesday after it received five different patients who were confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus later.

Truong Huu Khanh, consultant at the infectious diseases department at HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1, said the continuous detection of new cases through spontaneous medical examinations at hospitals shows that the anti-Covid-19 strategy adopted so far, which is locating, isolating and conducting mass testing in affected areas, is not enough.

He proposed an adjustment that allows local people to get the coronavirus test as soon as they wish, such as at medical centers in the ward and district where they live, instead of going all the way to some big hospitals and getting the test via their regular screening step.

With more hospitals detecting infections in the new outbreak, many people are now hesitant to visit hospitals and therefore, by the time they develop Covid-19 symptoms and seek medical checks, it is already too late for effective contact tracing.

“If the process of tracking down the source of transmissions and all those who have come into contact with a Covid-19 patient begins only after the latter is found positive, it will not be possible to deal with the outbreak thoroughly,” Khanh said.

HCMC is facing its most challenging disease outbreak ever.

Last Sunday, the southern metropolis overtook the northern province of Bac Ninh as the locality with the second highest number of local infections in the new wave. Its case count hit 2,074 Wednesday night.

The city is going through its fourth week of social distancing restrictions, which started May 31.


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Vietnam has 85 new Covid-19 cases



Medical workers conduct Covid-19 tests. The Ministry of Health this evening, June 23 reported 85 fresh Covid-19 cases, including three imported cases in Tay Ninh and Kien Giang and 82 domestic ones – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, June 23 reported 85 fresh Covid-19 cases, including three imported cases in Tay Ninh and Kien Giang and 82 domestic ones, taking the country’s tally to 13,947.

Among the latest locally-infected cases, HCMC accounted for the most, 61, followed by Danang City with six, Nghe An with five, Bac Ninh with four, Long An with three, Kien Giang with two and Bac Giang with one.

Since the fourth wave of the coronavirus, which began on April 27, the country has reported 10,657 domestic cases, with 2,910 patients having recovered from the disease.

In another development, the Tien Giang Center for Disease Control this afternoon reported six suspected Covid-19 cases in Tan Thanh Commune in Cai Be District, with five of them linked to a Covid-19 patient in Vinh Long Province.

The remaining one case, a 23-year-old man, returned to the province from HCMC. He tested positive for the virus on June 22.

After detecting the cases, Tan Thanh Market was put under lockdown and all people related to the market had their samples taken for testing, the local media reported.

During the latest fourth wave of the coronavirus, the province has confirmed 50 domestic Covid-19 cases and seen seven infection clusters in Cai Be District, Cai Lay Town, Cho Gao District and My Tho City.

Cai Lay Town and Cai Be District are practicing social distancing in line with the Prime Minister’s Directive 16.

Besides, the Khanh Hoa Center for Disease Control has announced that a 53-year-old woman tested positive for the virus, the province’s first Covid-19 infection in the latest wave of the coronavirus.

The woman, who lives in Phu Yen Province’s Tuy Hoa City, traveled to Khanh Hoa with her four family members on their private car at 10.00 a.m. June 22.

Between 12.36 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the same day, she visited Military Hospital 87 for a medical checkup and then returned to her residence at 30 Buu Doa Street in Phuoc Long Ward, Nha Trang City.

After her positive test result came out this morning, she was quarantined at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases. As many as 19 people had close contact with the woman.

In related news, the HCMC government has allowed 400 taxis to resume operations to transport residents to hospitals or healthcare centers during the ongoing social distancing period in the city, following the proposal from the municipal Department of Transport.

Under the decision, 200 taxis operated by Anh Duong Vietnam JSC (Vinasun) and 200 others operated by Mai Linh Group are allowed to offer their services during the period.

The Transport Department ordered the suspension of public passenger vehicles starting from June 20 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after the city implemented the municipal government’s Directive 10 on intensifying anti-virus measures citywide.


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Massive ring selling smuggled goods via livestreaming in northern region busted



Tran Huu Linh (R), head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, inspects a product at a warehouse in Hanoi – PHOTO: VIETNAM DIRECTORATE OF MARKET SURVEILLANCE

HCMC – The Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance on June 22 raided eight warehouses and business facilities in Hanoi and Hung Yen Province, seizing around 40 tons of smuggled goods stocked by vendors for being sold via livestreaming.

The raid was led by Tran Huu Linh, head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, in coordination with the Hanoi City police. The forces confiscated hundreds of thousands of products without a clear origin, mainly cosmetics, fashion items and household appliances that were offered for sale via livestreaming.

The first team directly led by Tran Huu Linh raided a large-scale warehouse owned by Tran Tien Quang. The owner reportedly imported the products from South Korea and Japan into Vietnam through the Haiphong port and gathered them in the northern province of Hung Yen, where the goods were divided into smaller groups to be transported to Hanoi for consumption.

Besides this, the products were mainly consumed via e-commerce platforms, especially via livestreaming on fanpages such as “Chego Shop – The Gioi hang Nhat”, “Chego hang Nhat EU” and were also traded via mobile apps including Zalo and Viber.

After inspecting the scene, the forces tallied 93,400 products, which were mainly cosmetics, food items, supplements and wine that were produced overseas. All of the goods had no invoices or legal certificates of origin at the time of inspection.

Concurrently, seven other teams of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance and the Hanoi police raided other warehouses and business facilities located in Hanoi.

At a warehouse located in Hanoi’s Long Bien District and owned by Bui Quyet Thang, the forces found that hundreds of products, mainly fashion items, cosmetics, food, supplements, medicines and essential consumer items were stacked in heaps.

Meanwhile, a large number of products had been packaged with the receivers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and the product name being printed on the label of the products. The forces then seized nearly 3,200 products including cosmetics and food items made overseas but with no invoices, worth some VND400 million.

At another warehouse named “Shop Thuy top” also owned by Bui Quyet Thang, the forces discovered 495 clothing products suspected to be counterfeits of famous global fashion brands such as Gucci, Chanel and LV worth VND60 million. These products were chiefly sold via livestreaming on Facebook pages with tens of thousands of followers.

The forces continued raiding a business facility owned by Vu Thi Thanh Mai in Long Bien District and found many imported canned milk products. Mai showed the forces many invoices and other documents pertaining to the products. However, after an inspection, the forces seized 4,130 cosmetics and food items having no invoices.

According to Le Viet Phuong from the Hanoi Department of Market Surveillance, this is one of the biggest interprovincial raids being directly led by the head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance.

Overall, the forces seized some 40 tons of goods including 123,425 items showing signs of violations. They were working to tackle the case in line with prevailing regulations.


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