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Vietnam records 8 imported COVID-19 cases, tally now 1,168

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Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally increased to 1,168 on Sunday as the Ministry of Health recorded eight new cases, all imported and quarantined upon arrival.

Four of the eight new patients previously returned to Vietnam from France on October 21 via the same flight, according to the health ministry.

The patients, including three women and one man aged 33-47, landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and were brought to a quarantine center in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

They tested positive for the novel coronavirus on October 24 and are being treated at a medical center in Long Dien District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Three other patients, aged one to five, returned from Angola on October 20 and were quarantined upon their arrival in northern Quang Ninh Province.

Their mothers were confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 on Sunday.

The three children, along with their mothers, are receiving treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.

The last patient, a 64-year-old man, came back to the Southeast Asian country from the United States on October 23.

He landed in central Da Nang City and was taken to neighboring Quang Nam Province for quarantine.

The man tested positive for the novel coronavirus on October 24, and is being treated at a policlinic in Quang Nam.

Vietnam has documented 1,168 COVID-19 cases, with 1,057 having recovered and 35 deaths as of Monday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

The country has not reported any locally-transmitted infection for 54 days.

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US to resume tourist visa appointments in Vietnam

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US to resume tourist visa appointments in Vietnam

A B1/B2 U.S. visa. Illustration photo by Shutterstock.


The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in HCMC would open appointments for B1/B2 visas starting next week, following a nine-month suspension due to Covid-19.

B1/B2 temporary visitor visa appointment slots would be opened starting December 7 and December 9 respectively, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced Thursday. The visa is for short-term visitors who have a need to travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure purposes, it said.

People are required to wear masks upon visiting the embassy and consulate. Those feeling ill or believing they were exposed to Covid-19 must postpone or reschedule their appointments for at least 14 days later.

In July, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in HCMC resumed interviews for certain visa categories for students, doctors, government guests, professors, scholars, specialists, traders and investors, shipping or international airline crews in the U.S., media representatives and journalists, athletes, artists and entertainers.

The U.S. suspended all visa services in Vietnam late March as a protective measure against Covid-19.

Vietnam has recorded 1,358 Covid-19 cases so far, 119 still active. Thirty-five have died, many being elderly patients with underlying conditions like diabetes or kidney failure.

A 32-year-old man broke Vietnam’s 88-day streak of no community transmissions after being confirmed Covid-19 positive in HCMC on Monday. At least two other community transmissions followed: the man’s one-year-old nephew and a 28-year-old student of his English class.

Vietnam has halted all inbound international commercial flights following its latest Covid-19 community transmission cases.

Meanwhile, the U.S. remains the world’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, with over 14.3 million cases recorded and over 279,000 deaths.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/us-to-resume-tourist-visa-appointments-in-vietnam-4200816.html

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Over 2,240 tested for COVID-19 after local infections detected in Ho Chi Minh City

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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have conducted COVID-19 tests on more than 2,240 people linked to four recent domestic infections.

As of Thursday morning, a total of 2,244 people in contact with patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 had been tested for the novel coronavirus, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen said at a meeting the same day.

Among them, 1,632 have tested negative for the novel coronavirus once.

The remaining 612 people, including 11 F1 individuals – people who had direct contact with positive COVID-19 cases – are still waiting for results.

The most important task is to promptly and accurately track and quarantine all people who had contact with the patients in order to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community, the official remarked.

Patient 1,342, a 28-year-old flight attendant of national carrier Vietnam Airlines, returned from Japan on November 14, and came into contact with his colleague, patient 1,325, at the airline’s quarantine facility during his stay from November 14 to 18.

After his first two tests returned negative for COVID-19, he was allowed to go home to continue his self-quarantine period, during which he had contact with three people, including his mother, a male friend, and a female friend, at his rented house.

The male friend, a 32-year-old resident in District 6, was later confirmed as patient 1,347.

He had taught English at two branches of KEY English Center prior to his diagnosis.

Two people have caught the virus from him as of Thursday.

Patient 1,348 is a one-year-old infant, whose parents had asked patient 1,347 to look after him.

Patient 1,349 is a 28-year-old woman who previously attended English classes taught by patient 1,347.

Vietnam has recorded 1,358 coronavirus patients as of Thursday morning, with 1,201 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Before the detection of patient 1,347, the country had gone 88 days with zero domestic infections.

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New climate change action plan maps out most vulnerable neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City

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District 12, Thu Duc District, Nha Be District, and Binh Chanh District have been named as the neighborhoods most susceptible to natural disasters in Ho Chi Minh City.

The finding was detailed in Ho Chi Minh City’s Action Plan on Climate Change for 2021-30 with a vision to 2050.

According to Bui Chi Nam from the Sub-Institute of Hydrometeorology and Climate Change (SIHYMECC) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the impacts of climate change will likely be felt most in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh, Cu Chi, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, and Go Vap Districts, as well as District 12. 

The report also noted Thu Duc and Cu Chi’s high adaptability to climate change will likely allow them to cope with climate-related dangers.

Le Anh Ngoc, an associate at SIHYMECC, shared several climate change scenarios for Ho Chi Minh City, with most involving steep increases in temperature and precipitation in the coming years that would likely hit the city’s northwestern to southeastern areas hardest.

Despite the city’s current flood control infrastructure, around 134,840 hectares of Ho Chi Minh City is projected to become inundated in the near future due to rising sea levels and other climate change hazards. 

This phenomenon is already being recorded across the city during the Saigon River’s high tides.

Tide levels in the city hit a new record in 2019, with Nha Be Station documenting water levels at 1.8 meters and Phu An Station at 1.7 meters during peak tides.

Saltwater intrusion is also continuing to move further upstream on the Saigon River, endangering the supply of fresh water for city residents.

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