On April 18, a team led by Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long travelled to Kien Giang Province to meet the local Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and checked activity at the international border gate and stations, quarantine areas, and a health center in Ha Tien city.
The total number of infections in Vietnam was 2,791, including 2,475 recoveries and 25 deaths.
Among active patients undergoing treatment at medical establishments nationwide, 11 tested negative to the virus once, 16 twice and 18 thrice.
As many as 40,150 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are currently quarantined across the country, including 531 in hospitals, 24,361 in state-designated establishments and 15,258 at their homes or residences.
According to the ministry, on April 19, additional 3,812 people in 13 provinces and cities got COVID-19 vaccine shots, raising the total number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus in the country to 80,857.
The Health Ministry continued to urge all people to follow the 5K motto – Khau trang (wearing facemask) – Khu khuan (disinfecting) – Khoang cach (keeping distance) – Khong tu tap (no gathering) – Khai bao y te (making medical declaration), in order to live safely amid the pandemic./.
The Indian expert, 20, boarded a plane from his country to Vietnam’s Noi Bai International Airport on April 6, and was placed in quarantine upon arrival.
He tested positive on April 19 and was subsequently transferred to Hanoi-based Hospital of Tropical Diseases for medical surveillance and treatment.
Nine other patients are Vietnamese citizens with most of them in their 20s. They returned to Vietnam from India, the United States, Japan and Romania on different days.
They all tested positive during their stay in concentrated quarantine facilities, thus posing no risk to the community, said the MoH.
The same day, 15 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
To date Vietnam has recorded 2,801 coronavirus cases, of whom 2,490 have been released from hospital.
The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 and related illnesses remains at 35.
In total, Australia has committed AU$40 million (US$31 million) over three years to support Vietnam’s vaccine procurement and delivery efforts.
The Australian Embassy and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have announced an assistance worth US$10.5 million to support Covid-19 vaccine delivery in Vietnam, ensuring the country’s expanded immunization program.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie said at a press conference in Hanoi on April 19 that her country will explore options to procure vaccines to support Vietnam.
Some of those vaccines in due course are likely to be manufactured in Australia and the Australian government expects some of the homemade vaccines will be part of the country’s contribution to Vietnam, according to the ambassador.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie (middle) poses with other representatives at the press conference. Photo: Australian Embassy
Mudie said the support will help Vietnam purchase cold chain equipment to store and transport vaccine doses to areas in need.
It is also intended to fund training courses and materials for Vietnam’s health workers and officials and developing immunization in remote provinces to ensure equitable and uniform vaccine coverage.
Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Vietnam, said introducing a new vaccine, especially for Covid-19, was a colossal task for any government with many important steps involved.
Thanks to the partnership with the Australian government, UNICEF has committed to working with Vietnam’s health ministry and other partners vaccinate the prioritized 20% of population in the country by late 2022.
“No one is safe until everyone is safe, so mass vaccination against Covid-19 is an important step to contain the pandemic, protect frontline workers who serve children and for Vietnam to reopen to the rest of the world,” Rana Flowers stressed.
Funding for the program is drawn from US$404 million regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative, as well as from Australia’s bilateral development cooperation program with Vietnam.
In total, Australia has committed US$31 million over three years to support Vietnam’s vaccine procurement and delivery efforts.
In the coming months, Australia will liaise with the Ministry of Health to set up vaccination roll-out plan in Vietnam, Ambassador Mudie said.
Vietnam reports 10 imported Covid-19 cases
The Saigon Times
|Two medical workers walk inside a Covid-19 quarantine zone. Ten imported Covid-19 cases were reported in the country on Tuesday evening – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health has confirmed 10 new imported Covid-19 cases in Hung Yen, Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Danang and Hanoi, taking the country’s tally to 2,801 as of tonight, April 20.
Five of the new cases were reported in Danang, who returned to the country from Romania and Japan on April 5, 6 and 15. They were immediately put under quarantine after arriving at the Danang International Airport. All of them are being treated at Danang Lung Hospital.
Hoa Binh Province reported two new cases, who were returnees from the U.S. They arrived at the Van Don International Airport on April 6 and were immediately transported to Hoa Binh for quarantine. The patients are being treated at Hoa Binh Province General Hospital.
Hung Yen, Nghe An and Hanoi reported one new case each.
The new patient reported in Hung Yen Province is an Indian expert who arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport from India, transiting in Dubai, on April 6 and was quarantined upon arrival. The patient has been sent to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment.
A returnee from Japan became the latest case in Nghe An Province. He arrived at the Vinh Airport on April 14. The patient is being treated at the Southwestern Nghe An General Hospital.
The new case in Hanoi is a man residing in Ba Don Town, Quang Binh Province. He returned to the country from India, transiting in Qatar and Singapore, on April 17. The patient is undergoing treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
The teams, now ranking between fourth and seventh positions in the Asian region, are competing in the play-off round to select the best two teams to the FIFA Futsal World Cup alongside the region’s other finalists, including Iran, Japan, and Uzbekistan.
Ahead of the fixtures, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will announce the time, venue, and competition format of the round.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 finals are scheduled to take place between September 12 and October 3 in Lithuania.
Despite the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese national futsal team held two gatherings last year, including a training camp in Spain.
At present, local players are taking part in the National Futsal HDBank Championship 2021.
Following the AFC revealing the new schedule for the play-off round, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) will then plan a training camp ahead of the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021.