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Vietnamese in Hungary contracts novel coronavirus

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Vietnamese in Hungary contracts novel coronavirus

Hungarian police officers gesture while the Hungarian-Austrian border is closed, as the Covid-19 continues, near Nickelsdorf, Austria, March 18, 2020. Photo by Reuters.

The Hungarian government confirmed a local Vietnamese citizen had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as one of seven new infections last Saturday.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary said the identity of the patient had not been revealed as the Hungarian government’s policy was to keep personal information of all patients private, Voice of Vietnam reported.

All those in close contact with the patient have been quarantined by the Hungarian government, the embassy said.

Hungary has reported 167 infections as of Tuesday, with eight fatalities.

With Europe becoming the center of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Hungary closed its borders to all foreigners over Covid-19 concerns from March 16 while all non-essential business and large events were canceled to prevent the spread of the virus.

Around 5,000 Vietnamese live in Hungary, mainly in capital Budapest.

On Sunday, Vietnam also suspended entry for all foreign nationals, including those of Vietnamese origin and family members with visa waivers in an unprecedented move.

The country has recorded 107 new infections since March 6, with 106 still under treatment and one having recovered last week. 16 other patients were discharged last month after treatment. Among the active cases was a 20-year-old overseas student in Hungary who landed at Noi Bai Airport on March 18 and confirmed positive for Covid-19 last Saturday. He is being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in the capital’s Dong Anh District.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 16,500 people, spreading to 195 countries and territories.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnamese-in-hungary-contracts-novel-coronavirus-4074077.html

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Two Laotian nationals caught in possession of significant drugs haul

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Border guards operating in the northern province of Dien Bien recently detained two Laotian citizens as they were in the process of attempting to smuggle a large quantity of drugs into the nation.

The pair were caught red-handed along the country’s border with Laos in Pa Kha hamlet of Na Bung commune in Nam Po district at 10 p.m. on December 3. According to Dien Bien border guards on duty at the time, the Laotian nationals were in possession of 90,000 pills of recreational drugs.

As a means of smuggling the drugs into the nation, the pills had been tightly wrapped inside a number of nylon bags before being hidden within their backpacks.

The drug traffickers were later identified as Vang Chong Vu, 35, and Vang A De, 26, both of whom have Laotian nationality and reside in Samphanh district of Phongsaly province in Laos.

Upon being questioned by local police forces, the pair confessed to transporting the large drugs haul from Oudomxay province in Laos across the border, with the intention of selling the drugs to a Vietnamese person named Tu at price of VND800 million, equal to US$34,782.

At present, the case remains under further investigation. VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/two-laotian-nationals-caught-in-possession-of-significant-drugs-haul-695091.html

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All direct contacts of recent local coronavirus infections in Ho Chi Minh City negative

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The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control said on Saturday morning that all people in direct contact with recently announced local COVID-19 cases had tested negative for the virus.  

A total of 2,261 people in contact with patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 were tested for the novel coronavirus.

Among them, 861 were F1 individuals – people who had direct contact with positive COVID-19 cases, and 1,400 were F2 people who had direct contact with the F1s.

In addition, 655 others were tested for community review, bringing the total number of people taking the virus test to 2,916.

Results of 2,528 samples returned negative for the virus, while the remaining 384 community review samples are still waiting for test results.

As many as 295 people are being quarantined in concentrated centers whereas nearly 566 others are isolated at home or other accommodations, and four are monitored at medical facilities.

Ho Chi Minh City recorded no new local COVID-19 cases for three days in a row as of Saturday morning.

The four patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349 are now in good health, said Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control.

Before patient 1,342’s third test returned positive for the virus, he had developed some mild symptoms such as fatigue, stuffy nose, sore throat, sputum, and decreased appetite, while the other three cases were asymptomatic.

Patient 1,342, a 28-year-old flight attendant with Vietnam Airlines, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on November 28 while self-quarantining.

He returned to Vietnam from Japan on flight VN5301 on November 14 and was quarantined at a facility managed by Vietnam Airlines at 115 Hong Ha Street in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City from November 14 to 18.

When staying at the quarantine center, the flight attendant came into contact with his colleague, patient 1,325, who was also put in quarantine there, but in a different isolation area.

As patient 1,342’s first two tests for the virus while at the quarantine facility returned negative, the flight attendant was let go to self-isolate at home, as per regulations.

He hosted a male friend during the self-quarantine at his home.

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

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

The friend who stayed with him was confirmed as patient 1,347 on Monday.

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

Vietnam has recorded 1,361 coronavirus patients as of Saturday afternoon, with 1,220 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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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20201205/all-direct-contacts-of-recent-local-coronavirus-infections-in-ho-chi-minh-city-negative/58126.html

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Central province to quarantine HCMC entrants to stem Covid-19 spread

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Central province to quarantine HCMC entrants to stem Covid-19 spread

Body temperature scanners are put at the Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam Province for Covid-19 prevention, July 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.


Quang Nam Province would place people that have frequented the same HCMC locations as its current Covid-19 cases into centralized quarantine upon entry.

The decision applies to those who have visited 16 HCMC locations, including certain gyms, karaoke parlors, malls and restaurants frequented by newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, Tran Van Tan, the province’s deputy chairman, said Saturday. They would have to report to authorities immediately and enter centralized quarantine for 14 days, he stressed.

“They will be tested for the novel coronavirus twice as per existing protocols. Once the centralized quarantine period is up, they would be self-isolated at home for 14 days,” he said, adding the move seeks to actively prevent Covid-19 from entering Quang Nam.

Besides the 16 locations, those entering Quang Nam from HCMC’s Tan Binh, Binh Tan, District 6 and District 10 are also requested to self-isolate at home for 14 days. The province has also ramped up Covid-19 prevention efforts, including telling people to wear masks outside their homes.

In central Nghe An Province, the provincial department of health on Friday requested relevant authorities to track the health status of anyone entering the locality from HCMC recently. Those suspected to be infected, came in contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases or stem from locations with high risks of infection must be tested and quarantined, the department stated.

The Nghe An Center for Disease Control (CDC) must be ready to perform mass Covid-19 testing if requested as well, the department added.

Quang Nam and Nghe An’s measures came after Vietnam’s first Covid-19 community transmission case in nearly three months was confirmed in HCMC on November 30.

The patient, a 32-year-old English teacher in HCMC, has since infected at least two others: his one-year-old nephew and a 28-year-old student. All these cases originated from another Covid-19 patient, a 28-year-old Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who breached quarantine protocols and got himself infected by another crew member.

As of Saturday, HCMC has four Covid-19 community transmission cases.

Vietnam has recorded 1,365 Covid-19 patients so far, including four imported cases reported Saturday evening. Thirty-five have succumbed to the disease, many being elderly patients with underlying conditions like diabetes or kidney failure.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/central-province-to-quarantine-hcmc-entrants-to-stem-covid-19-spread-4201980.html

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