Connect with us

Society

Vietnam’s Kien Giang quashes rumor that Omicron variant has entered Phu Quoc

Published

on

A leader of a province that administers Vietnam’s ‘tourism haven’ Phu Quoc has denied a rumor that the Omicron variant of the coronovirus has made it to the island.

Phu Quoc has recorded zero Omicron infections so far, Nguyen Luu Trung, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang Province, which manages the island, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper, referring to the B.1.1.529 variant of SARS-CoV-2.

First reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on September 24, the Omicron mutant was designated by WHO as a variant of concern two days later.

Scientists said the new variant could be 500 percent more infectious than Delta, which is dominating infections around the world now.

Trung quoted a report by the Kien Giang Department of Health as showing no Omicron cases on Phu Quoc, thus scotching a rumor on social media that the variant had hit the city island.

“This [rumor] is false information spread to subvert the island [administration], at a time when Phu Quoc has been opening to international visitors on a trial basis,” said.

“Local authorities are investigating [the source of this rumor].”

On November 20, more than 200 South Korean tourists landed on Phu Quoc as part of Vietnam’s campaign to welcome back foreign visitors with ‘vaccine passports’ to revive the country’s tourism after its borders had been shuttered since March 2020.

Kien Giang welcomed 317,000 tourist arrivals, including 1,400 foreign visits, all complying with COVID-19 control requirements, according to the provincial People’s Committee.

Three flights are expected to carry 550 vacationers from Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea to Phu Quoc this month.

Phu Quoc, considered a ‘pearl island’ off southern Vietnam, finished fully vaccinating its adult population in late October to prepare for reopening to international visitors.

Previously a district of Kien Giang, it was turned into the country’s first island city on March 1 this year, pursuant to a resolution issued by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee in late 2020.

The island city of 589 square kilometers in area and a 180,000-strong population has confirmed over 1,900 COVID-19 infections since June, according to a local disease control report.

Vietnam, which has recorded almost 1.3 million coronavirus cases and over 26,000 virus-related deaths, has switched to living safely with COVID-19 since October from a zero-tolerance policy toward the coronavirus.

The country announced 13,998 new COVID-19 patients and 203 fatalities on Saturday.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211205/vietnams-kien-giang-quashes-rumor-that-omicron-variant-has-entered-phu-quoc/64553.html

Society

Future is now

Published

on

The winners of the first VinFuture Prize have been revealed. Professors Kariko, Cullis and Weissman were awarded the Grand Prize of US$3 million for their research on mRNA vaccine technology.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118190/future-is-now.html

Continue Reading

Society

15,935 new coronavirus cases recorded on Friday

Published

on

A student has his body temperature checked before entering class at Việt Đức High School in Hoàn Kiếm District of Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Tùng

HÀ NỘI — A total of 15,935 new COVID-19 patients were reported in Việt Nam on Friday, raising the total number to 2,110,737.

Thirty-four were imported infections and the remaining domestic. New cases were reported in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country.

A total of 10,912 transmissions were detected in the community.

The capital city of Hà Nội again led the list, with 2,805 cases.

The other localities that reported new infections were Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22) and Bắc Kạn (13).

Việt Nam has seen 133 cases of the Omicron variant so far, in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1) and Quảng Ninh (2).

A further 2,256 patients were declared recovered, taking the number of people given the all-clear so far to 1,797,180.

A total of 177 fatalities related to COVID-19 were announced. To date, the country has had 36,443 deaths, making up 1.7 per cent of total infections and ranking 25th out of 224 countries and territories worldwide.

More than 173.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so far. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118156/15935-new-coronavirus-cases-recorded-on-friday.html

Continue Reading

Society

Update of COVID-19 new cases in Việt Nam on Jan. 21 afternoon

Published

on

From 16:00 on January 20 to 16:00 on January 21, 15,935 new infections were recorded on the National COVID-19 Case Management System.
 
Provinces and cities with confirmed cases are as follows: Hà Nội (2,805), Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22), Bắc Kạn (13).
 
Up to now, Việt Nam has recorded 130 cases of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1), Quảng Ninh (2).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118126/update-of-covid-19-new-cases-in-viet-nam-on-jan-21-afternoon.html

Continue Reading

Trending