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Vietnam to brace for super typhoon Goni

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Super typhoon Goni packing winds of more than 200kph is entering the East Sea and is forecast to head toward Vietnam, which has been ravaged by recent storms, in a couple of days.

Super Typhoon Goni is expected to hit Vietnam on November 4. (Photo: VNDMS)
Super Typhoon Goni is expected to hit Vietnam on November 4. (Photo: VNDMS)

Super typhoon Goni has intensified into the strongest storm on earth this year and it is on its way towards the Philippines.

At 07.00am October 31, Goni was located 810km east of the Philippines’ Luzon island, with winds gusting more than 220kph, according to the National Centre of Hydro-meteorological and Forecasting of Vietnam.

Though Goni is expected to weaken a bit ahead of landfall in the Phillippines on November 1, it is still likely to cause a major disaster, experts warned.

The typhoon will then enter the East Sea and may threaten central Vietnam which has been devastated by subsequent storms during the past month.

It will move west after entering the East Sea and may continue to weaken and change its course a bit due to the impact of a cold spell moving southward.

Goni is forecast to slam into storm-weary Vietnam on November 4.

Four tropical storms hit Vietnam in October, causing severe flooding in the central region. Flashfloods and landslides have so far left 230 people dead and dozens missing. VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vietnam-to-brace-for-super-typhoon-goni-685211.html

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101 Vietnam Airlines staff quarantined in HCMC camp

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101 Vietnam Airlines staff quarantined in HCMC camp

Health staff screen Vietnam Airlines’ flight crew returning from South Korea at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, September 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.


101 employees have been quarantined at the HCMC’s Cu Chi Field Hospital after two Vietnam Airlines facilities were shut down.

On December 2, authorities in HCMC shut down two isolation facilities of Vietnam Airlines on Hong Ha Street in Tan Binh District as ordered by the health minister.

The order came after one of the carrier’s flight attendants, “Patient 1342,” contracted the virus from a colleague while being quarantined at the facility before returning home for self-isolation and spreading the virus to his friend, “Patient 1347.”

A representative of Vietnam Airlines said 101 staff of the airline – 48 pilots, 16 flight attendants and ground and aircraft maintenance staff – have been taken to the field hospital in the outlying Cu Chi District.

Carriers are allowed to set up their own isolation facilities to serve quarantine demand for pilots and flight attendants. Since last June, Vietnam Airlines has been operating two isolation facilities in HCMC and one in Hanoi.

At these facilities, the flight crew would undergo two tests at least 72 hours in between. If the results of both tests were negative for the novel coronavirus, they would be allowed to go home and self-quarantine themselves for 14 days.

The flight attendant, 28, had returned to Vietnam from Japan on November 14 and was quarantined for four days at the facility. After two tests showed he was negative for the coronavirus, he was released and asked to isolate himself at home.

On November 29, the flight attendant tested positive for the virus.

Currently the airline has more than 1,000 pilots and about 3,500 flight attendants.

Earlier, in order to ensure availability of staff for subsequent flights, Vietnam Airlines allowed the flight crew to continue joining other flights as long as they showed two negative results though they had not completed a 14-day quarantine period.

The national flag carrier issued a public apology following its flight attendant breaking quarantine rules during his home-isolation period, resulting in Vietnam’s third Covid-19 outbreak by community transmission.

The carrier said “the flight attendant had seriously violated quarantine regulations of the government and the company.” After completing treatment and quarantine procedures, he will be disciplined, it said in a statement.

The airline is also evaluating and clarifying the responsibilities of people involved.

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said the ministry will seek feedback from relevant agencies to decide punitive measures against Vietnam Airlines for failing to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at its quarantine facilities.

The Vietnam Airlines representative said the carrier would propose that all staff are tested three to four times during the quarantine period instead of the current protocol of two.

The Vietnam Airlines’ quarantine facility in Hanoi is quarantining 164 staff. The capital city’s health department has not yet decided to shut down the facility.

At a government meeting Tuesday, Hanoi and HCMC proposed scrapping preferential quarantine regulations for aviation staff. Flight crew members returning from abroad should instead be sent to centralized quarantine facilities for the usual 14-day isolation.

Airlines whose crew flout Covid-19 quarantine rules and transmit the infection will not be allowed to operate international flights, the Ministry of Transport warned Tuesday.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/101-vietnam-airlines-staff-quarantined-in-hcmc-camp-4200454.html

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Doctors bringing hope to HIV patients

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Doctors in medical wards specialising in treating those with HIV tackle whatever difficulties come their way in taking care of patients and give them hope that being infected is not the death sentence it once was.

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The working environment for doctors specialising in HIV treatment is extremely dangerous, because a moment of carelessness can see them exposed to HIV or other diseases like tuberculosis.

Doctors here do their best to take care of HIV patients around the clock. With the motto “Willing to embrace HIV and empathise with patients”, they exhibit spirit and courage as they go about taking care of people’s health, especially those with HIV./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/doctors-bringing-hope-to-hiv-patients-694188.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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