By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh
The country’s pandemic hotspot Hai Duong in the north hosted eight of the total new cases, while the remaining five, all Vietnamese nationals, were imported and quarantined upon arrivals in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.
The eight infections in Hai Duong are F1 cases of confirmed COVID-19 patients. Six of them have been quarantined since January 28, and the rest since February 28. All are now under quarantine and treatment.
Of the total cases to date, there were 1,550 domestically-transmitted cases, including 857 recorded since the latest outbreak hit Hai Duong and several other northern localities on January 27.
A total 60,693 people who came in close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine nationwide, including 560 at hospitals, 12,298 at other quarantine sites, and 47,835 at home.
Among patients under treatment, 66 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 37 twice, and 113 thrice.
Vietnam has seen 1,892 recoveries so far, with the death toll remaining at 35.
The Hanoitimes – Medical declaration will be used merely for the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Vietnam will require all residents to make compulsory medical declaration from March 10 in an effort to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the meeting on March 8. Photo: VGP|
The declaration will contribute to the national combat against the Covid-19 epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, said at a meeting on Sunday morning.
Health information will be used merely for the prevention and control of the epidemic, according to the committee.
The Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Health, Vietnam Social Security, and IT agencies will assume responsibility for the implementation.
So far, Vietnam has required compulsory medical declaration for all people coming to the country. But the move is not enough when the country has already entered the second phase of the battle against the epidemic, the deputy PM said, noting that this phase is much more severe.
Compulsory health declaration is required after a Vietnamese woman ignored the request when she returned to the country from a European trip that included a visit to Lombardy, an epicenter in Italy.
After she tested positive with the new coronavirus on March 6, Vietnam found 13 more cases within two days, including 10 on the same Vietnam Airlines flight as her.
Vietnam has identified crew members and passengers of the flight and applied quarantine and medical check.
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam predicted that the number of infection cases will continue rising in the days ahead.
The northern province of Quang Ninh has become the first locality to require the health declaration. Since March 8, around 300,000 residents in Ha Long city have filled out medical inquiries after four foreign visitors got infected with the virus. The visitors were on board the same plane from London to Hanoi as the woman who was the first infected case of Hanoi.
Fatal coach crash kills three, injures 4 in Dong Thap
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|The front of a passenger coach is damaged after it crashed into a tree in Dong Thap Province. The accident claimed three lives and injured four people – PHOTO: TNO|
HCMC – A serious traffic accident caused by a passenger coach took place on National Highway 54 in Tan Thanh Commune of Dong Thap Province’s Lai Vung District this morning, March 1, killing three and injuring four people.
The passenger coach with plate number 51B-17273 driven by Tran Van Nam, aged 41, was heading from Vam Cong Bridge to Vinh Long Province when it plowed into a group of 10 bike riders and killed a rider, identified as Tran Van An, aged 59.
The passenger coach continued slamming into two electric poles and a tree on the pavement, damaging the front of the coach. Local residents immediately took some injured passengers onboard the coach to hospitals.
However, two passengers, identified as Nguyen Ngoc Son, aged 38, and Nguyen Huu Ly, aged 46, were reported dead on the way to the hospital. Besides, the driver, the conductor and two other passengers suffered severe injuries.
The police of Dong Thap Province are investigating the deadly accident, the local media reported.
The Hanoitimes – Hanoi districts’ authorities are required to keep raising people’s awareness of the pandemic.
Hanoi’s districts need to strictly supervise people under quarantine at home as an indispensable measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kinh Te & Do Thi quoted Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, member of the Party Central Committee and Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party’s Committee, as saying.
Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, member of the Party Central Committee and Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party’s Committee works with Thanh Tri districts’ authorities. Photo: Cong Hung
At a recent meeting with Phu Xuyen and Thanh Tri districts’ authorities, Hang recognized that the two districts have been seriously and actively implementing guidelines on Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control.
Emphasizing that this work should be followed on, Hang requested the districts’ authorities to remain calm and ensure safety for people.
Besides, the districts’ authorities were asked to keep raising people’s awareness of the pandemic, so that people could take measures to keep themselves safe from the coronavirus.
She stressed that the districts strive for the double goal, Covid-19 pandemic prevention and socio-economic development, to ensure social security.
The districts also need to pay attention to supporting poor families and lonely elderly people to cope with the epidemic, ensuring that in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic “no one is left behind”.
As of March 26, Hanoi has 52 active coronavirus-infected cases, the largest number in Vietnam. The majority are Vietnamese nationals returning from Europe and the US, in addition to foreigners from epidemic-hit regions.
Khuất Việt Hùng, Vice President of the National Committee on Traffic Safety, talks to the Voice of Việt Nam about the number of traffic accidents in Việt Nam
What are the main factors leading to a reduction in traffic accidents in the country in 2020?
According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security, the traffic accident rate in the five-year period from 2016-2020 compared to the previous five years has seen a 43 per cent drop in accidents, a 19.01 per cent reduction in fatalities and the injured rate also dropped by 53.91 per cent.
Last year was the first year that our national Law on Preventing and Combating the Harmful Effects of Liquor and Beer and the Decree No.100/2019/ND-CP came into effect calling on all drivers not to drink and drive.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, transportation nationwide dropped considerably, yet the police forces still applied many measures to ensure traffic safety.
The Ministry of Transport has regularly instructed the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam and concerned agencies nationwide have applied many specific measures to fight back against the COVID-19 while calling on all road users to practise traffic safety. As a result, in the last 10 years, traffic accidents nationwide reduced by 17.66 per cent while the injured cases reduced by 20.7 per cent and the fatality rate by 12.2 per cent (the fatality rate dropped to under 7,000 people).
What measures have the Ministry of Transport and the National Steering Committee on Traffic Safety adopted?
From 2016, all Vietnamese agencies nationwide have strictly implemented Instruction No.18 of the Party Secretariat and the Resolution 88 of the Government on road traffic safety, railways, waterways and other means of transport.
In addition, Việt Nam’s traffic infrastructure has been improved and expanded. Non-stop toll-fee stations were erected nationwide while a mass communication campaign was launched to encourage all motorbike riders wear helmets. As a result,80 per cent of motor riders wear helmets compared to 38 per cent rate in 2017.
Has the Government Decree 100 helped cut down the country’s traffic accidents significantly?
In 2019, the Law on Preventing and Combating the Harmful Effects of Liquor and Beer was promulgated and came into force on January 2020 and the Decree 100 giving sanctions on people who are drinking and driving.
The Decree 100 is a spotlight action of the Government in its current tenure.
Last year, the Public Security forces, particularly the transport police, played a pivotal role in putting the Government’s Decree 100 into life and since then the Decree has become a driving force for people nationwide to abide by traffic laws – a key factor in the reduction of traffic accidents.
How do you respond to a report saying that some statistics about the traffic safety is not really reliable?
Under the country’s Statistic Law, the Ministry of Public Security is the agency that will gather all information on transport accidents and make it available to the public. The National Steering Committee on Traffic Safety will then use the information from the Ministry of Public Security to write their reports and make those available to the public as well.
Under the Statistic Law, the Ministry of Health has the responsibility to make a report on the total injury number nationwide. However, due to different methods used in injury calculation, it leads to some disparity in the figures announced by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Security.
Adding to that the number of traffic fatalities made public by the Vietnamese Government and the WHO is somehow slightly different. The main factor is that the definition of road fatality in Việt Nam is slightly different from that of the WHO. Under the Vietnamese Law, only people who are killed at the scene of the accidents are considered as accident fatality. Meanwhile, the WHO calculated the accident fatality case within 30 days from the day the accident happened.
It is reported that the Ministry of Public Security will soon make public a new regulation on road traffic accident calculation to make in line with the international law and practice. VNS