By Thanh An – Translated by Anh Quan
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam logged zero new COVID-19 cases within the past 12 hours as of 6 a.m. on October 20, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control .
The country has documented 1,140 SARS-CoV-2 infections so far.
Of the total, 691 were infected with the virus domestically, including 551 linked with Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave began there on July 25.
As many as 1,046 patients have recovered and 35 died from complications related to the disease. Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying health conditions.
Among the patients still under treatment, 10 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, three twice and five thrice. Currently, there is no patient in critical conditions.
There are 13,537 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit region under quarantine at present, including 148 in hospitals, 12,277 in concentrated quarantine sites and 1,112 at home or accommodation facilities.
According to the Ministry of Health, the outbreak has been put under control. However, as the coronavirus may get worse during the winter-spring season, the ministry recommends people to continue wearing face masks and washing hands with sanitiser regularly./.
Authorities in Kien Giang told an online meeting with the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Friday there had been days when the province had received up to 10 people returning from Cambodia, with all testing positive for the new coronavirus.
Now, medical centers across the province no longer have the capacity to handle more Covid-19 patients.
The province shares a borderline of 56 kilometers (34.8 miles) and 62,000 square kilometers of sea area with Cambodia.
Daily, thousands of fishing vessels and boats trading oil and seafood operate across this maritime area, with managing entry a hard task, a provincial representative stated.
With the ongoing outbreak in Cambodia, the province suggested the Ministry of Health establishes a field hospital for Covid-19 treatment in the beach town of Ha Tien, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.
In response to the proposal, Nguyen Trong Khoa, deputy head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department under the Ministry of Health, told the province to set up field hospitals using schools, dormitories or sports centers.
Cambodia imposed a coronavirus lockdown on its capital Phnom Penh on Thursday in a bid to contain a spike in cases. The country recorded 291 new infections on Saturday, pushing its tally to 5,771.
In a voice message posted on his official Facebook page, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Cambodia was on the brink of “death valley” and urged people to work together to avoid calamity.
Heath Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told an online meeting Friday the border area with Cambodia, including Mekong Delta provinces, are now “major hotspots” at high risk of possible Covid-19 outbreaks.
Vietnam’s border with Cambodia spans 1,137 kilometers, including the four Mekong Delta provinces An Giang, Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Long An. Other Vietnamese provinces bordering Cambodia are Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh which are near Ho Chi Minh City, and Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, and Dak Nong in the Central Highlands.
On Tuesday, border guards in An Giang Province detected a man and woman breaking into Vietnam illegally from Cambodia.
Both later tested positive, prompting authorities to track down all those that had come into contact with the pair since they set foot in Vietnam.
By Saturday morning, it has been confirmed 12 people who had direct contact with them have tested negative.
Last month, Vietnam had suffered a spate of infections after a group of Vietnamese returned home illegally from Cambodia on a boat trip to Kien Giang’s Phu Quoc Island.
Many Vietnamese reside and do business in Cambodia, with many found infected with the novel coronavirus here over the past months.
While Vietnam has sealed its borders, there are occasional illegal entrants who evade checkpoints to avoid mandatory quarantine.
As per Health Ministry protocol, all those entering the nation from abroad must be quarantined for 14 days, during which they will be tested at least twice.
Vietnam has gone over two months without community transmissions.
Hanoi (VNA) – The Lao health ministry on April 16 confirmed a new COVID-19 case who was an illegal entrant, raising the country’s tally to 54.
The 32-year-old Lao man, together with a woman, illegally returned home from Thailand on April 11. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 15.
A total of 32 people who had come into close contact with the man have been sent to quarantine.
Authorities have urged the woman who accompanied the patient to report to local police or health officials for testing and quarantine.
There have been no fatalities recorded in the country so far.
Meanwhile, Thailand reported on April 16 its fifth record daily tally of coronavirus cases this week, as authorities set up thousands of field hospitals to cope with an influx of patients and lined up hotels to provide extra beds for those without symptoms.
The government has set up over 20,000 beds at field hospitals across the country at community centres and gyms.
Hotels and hospitals are also partnering up to set up “hospitels” to treat asymptomatic patients, the health ministry said.
Currently 5,000 beds across 23 hotels had been readied, it said in a statement. About 2,000 beds are occupied and an additional 7,000 more could be added.
Thailand reported 1,582 new coronavirus cases on the day, marking the highest number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic.
Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration decided to suspend all businesses in Phsar Leu market for 14 days from 3pm on April 16 until April 29 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It said all vendors who do business in Phsar Leu market have an obligation to get tested for COVID-19 as health officials began collecting samples on April 16 at the market. In case some vendors miss the testing, they must go to the Prampi Makara stage during working hours, including over the holiday.
All vendors with families must quarantine at home properly accordance to Ministry of Health guidelines.
The decision was made after 13 vendors in the market were confirmed positive for the virus./.
All the latest cases were swiftly placed into quarantine upon their entry and are now undergoing treatment at local hospitals.
Following the detection of the latest case, the national infection count has risen to 2,781, including 1,570 local infections and 1,211 imported cases.
Among the overall figure, a total of 2,475 have subsequently been given the all-clear, with the death toll remaining at 35.
Furthermore, 45 of those still receiving treatment have since tested negative for the virus at least once. In addition, there are 40,443 people who are currently in quarantine nationwide, the Ministry noted, adding that 66,366 people have received the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination as of 4 p.m. on April 16.
In response to national COVID-19 prevention and control measures, the southern province of Ben Tre is striving to urgently accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination process for all those involved in frontline anti-pandemic work.
Ben Tre province has been allocated a total of 7,300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the Ministry of Health, with the first vaccination drive set to focus on five priority groups who are working at medical facilities with high risk of infection.
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* The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday announced a series of retaliatory measures, including expulsions of diplomats and entry bans, in response to the recent “hostile actions” of the United States. Russia will ask 10 US diplomats and five Polish ones to leave the country, the ministry said in a statement.
* US President Joe Biden and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday voiced commitment to further strengthening the two countries’ alliance to address regional and global challenges.
* The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday 11,101 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases in the Southeast Asian country to 926,052. The death toll climbed to 15,810 after 72 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.
* India registered 234,692 new COVID-19 cases, the third consecutive day that the country reported over 200,000 new cases, taking the total tally to 14,526,609, said the data released by the federal health ministry on Saturday. Besides, as many as 1,341 people died since Friday morning, as the total death toll rose to 175,649.
* Thailand registered 1,547 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the total number in the country to 40,585, the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Saturday.
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* The Republic of Korea reported 658 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Friday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 113,444. The daily caseload was down from 673 in the previous day, but it stayed above 600 for four straight days.
* Two Russian warships on Saturday passed through the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul towards the Black Sea, local media reported.
* Russia confirmed 9,321 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 4,693,469, the official monitoring and response center said Saturday. The national COVID-19 death toll rose by 398 to 105,193 in the past day, while the number of the country’s recoveries grew by 8,832 to 4,319,389.
* Italy’s imports and exports improved in February compared to the previous month, the country’s National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) reported on Friday.
* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg discussed a series of regional issues over the phone, Turkey’s presidential office announced on Friday.
* Argentina reported on Friday a record daily COVID-19 infections of 29,472 and 160 more deaths, bringing the national tallies to 2,658,628 and 59,084 respectively, said the Health Ministry. The previous most daily cases were recorded at 27,001 on Tuesday.
* Brazil on Thursday reported 3,560 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising its pandemic death toll to 365,444. According to the Ministry of Health, during the same period, tests detected 73,174 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 13,746,681.
* Chile’s Ministry of Health on Thursday said 50 percent of the target population have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Some 7,600,908 people, or half of the 15 million people considered enough to create herd immunity in a country of around 19 million inhabitants, have been inoculated, Health Minister Enrique Paris said at a press conference.
* Omani authorities announced on Friday that the country is lifting the entry restrictions that had come into effect on April 8, noting all visa holders would now be allowed to enter the sultanate, the Oman News Agency reported.
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