Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam posted another 63 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 11, pushing the national count to 9,980, according to the Ministry of Health. death toll stood at 57. The two latest deaths confirmed on June 11 were females, aged 65 and 59, with serious underlying health conditions, including cancers. new cases . They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hung Yen./.
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The northern province of Bac Ninh got 34 cases, 33 of whom are related to an industrial park in Khac Niem District and one was detected through contact tracing.
All 32 cases in neighboring Bac Giang Province have been isolated prior to the test results. All cases are related to clusters at its industrial parks.
HCMC recorded 25 cases, including three who had come into close contact with previously confirmed patients.
The other 22 patients are IT staff and administrators of HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases who were detected after one of them came to work with Covid symptoms on Friday and later tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The hospital was locked down Saturday following the discovery of the cases, but will still perform Covid-19 testing and treat existing coronavirus patients.
Lang Son Province in northern Vietnam reported two cases related to a cluster at Quang Chau industrial park in Bac Giang.
The case in Hanoi is a 65-year-old resident of Dong Anh District while the case in northern Phu Tho is a 76-year-old woman who is associated with a cluster at a market in Hanoi’s Dong Anh District. Both have been quarantined following contact tracing.
Since April 27 when the new wave started, Vietnam has recorded 7,135 infections in 39 of the nation’s 63 cities and provinces.
Bac Giang and Bac Ninh suffer the most infections, at 3,948 and 1,323, followed by HCMD with 719 and Hanoi with 458.
Most of fresh Covid-19 cases linked to industrial parks
The Saigon Times
|A man in Hanoi has his sample taken for Covid-19 testing. The Ministry of Health has reported 96 new Covid-19 cases – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health this morning, June 13, confirmed 96 Covid-19 cases in seven localities, with 67 cases linked to previous patients in industrial parks.
The new cases included one imported case in Quang Nam and 95 domestic infections, with Bac Ninh making up the most, at 34.
In addition, 32 other cases were detected in Bac Giang, 25 in HCMC, two in Lang Son and one each in Phu Tho and Hanoi. Up to 73 out of the 95 domestic cases were found at quarantine facilities or in areas under lockdown.
The 25 cases in HCMC included three having close contact with other Covid-19 patients, while the sources of infection of 22 others are under investigation.
The HCMC Center for Disease Control last night informed that 22 employees of the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases were infected with Covid-19, including 15 employees of the hospital’s administrative unit and six IT staff.
As for Covid-19 vaccines, the Ministry of Health has approved a Covid-19 vaccine developed by U.S.-based firm Pfizer and Germany-based BioNTech for emergency use.
The vaccine, named Comirnaty, is the fourth coronavirus vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health, following the United Kingdom’s AstraZeneca, Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Vero Cell.
The vaccine will be used under the instructions of the Ministry of Health. Vaccine distributors must cooperate with the ministry to offer the risk management for the vaccine in Vietnam.
The vaccine manufacturer shall coordinate with the ministry to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in Vietnam.
According to Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, the first Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine batch would arrive in Vietnam from now until July.
In another development, Tuyen on June 12 said that the pandemic in Quang Ninh Province was expected to be put under control in the next 10 days.
With an intensive care unit including 100 beds sponsored by Sun Group, the province is capable of treating critical Covid-19 patients. The province has prepared response plans in case of 3,000 patients.
However, the province should speed up the tracing and testing work to early detect new cases and minimize the community transmission, Tuyen said, adding that Bac Ninh must not be negligent and should regularly check the anti-pandemic measures in industrial parks.
More than 20 employees at a COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite having received two shots of COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Saturday night, 22 staff members at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases in District 5 had been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the municipal Center for Disease Control (HCDC).
The local health department had decided to turn this hospital into a specialized COVID-19 treatment facility earlier this week.
Among the 22 patients, seven work in the IT department while the other 15 are members of the administrative office.
The first case of the cluster, an employee of the IT department, was detected on Friday.
After stating in his health declaration that he had a mild fever, body aches, and coughing, the employee was directed to a testing area. His result later came back positive for COVID-19.
The hospital collected samples from 596 employees and inpatients on Saturday and detected the other 21 cases.
The entire hospital was locked down from Saturday afternoon for disinfection and contact tracing.
Forty-six COVID-19 patients are being treated at the hospital, of whom ten are seriously ill.
The coronavirus treatment area is completely separated from the rest of the hospital.
There are spaces for these health workers to stay after work as they are not allowed to come into contact with people outside of the treatment area.
A total of 80 health workers in charge of treating COVID-19 patients at the infirmary have tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
Following the lockdown of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, a hospital for COVID-19 treatment in Cu Chi District and the COVID-19 treatment unit of Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital in District 5 were put into operation.
|Health workers are pictured inside the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, June 12, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre|
According to the HCDC, the source of infection of this cluster may come from outside of the hospital.
One of the cases in the administrative office is a resident of Block A1 at Ehome 3 Apartment Complex in Binh Tan District.
Blocks A6, A3, and A4 of this apartment complex were previously locked down following the detection of several COVID-19 patients.
On June 5, health workers collected random samples from residents of Block A1 for testing but the hospital employee was not among the tested.
The Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases was the first unit in southern Vietnam to begin COVID-19 inoculation based on the decision of the Ministry of Health.
It has about 900 employees, all of whom have received two shots of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
They got their first shots in March and second in April.
The vaccine potency reaches 76 percent within 90 days after the first dose and will be maintained until the second does, a representative from AstraZeneca said, citing clinical trials.
If the interval between two doses is 12 weeks or more, the potency increases to 81 percent.
Dr. Le Quoc Hung, head of the tropical diseases department at Cho Ray Hospital, said that vaccinated people can still contract COVID-19.
The biggest benefit of vaccination is to help patients avoid severe progression of COVID-19 and limit the possibility of spreading the disease to others, Dr. Hung added.
Vietnam has documented 10,337 infections as of Sunday morning, with 3,827 recoveries and 58 deaths.
The country has recorded 7,135 local infections in 39 provinces and cities, including 719 cases in Ho Chi Minh City.
30,000 workers from virus-hit Bac Giang to return home
The Saigon Times
|An industrial zone worker in Bac Giang Province gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents in Bac Giang will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15 – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents of Bac Giang Province, which is the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest coronavirus wave in Vietnam, will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15.
The returnees include workers who are pregnant or are raising children younger than six months of age; the elderly with underlying conditions; recovered Covid-19 patients; people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases, completed quarantine requirements, tested negative for the virus and are eligible for home quarantine, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Besides this, workers in lockdown areas who have undergone Covid-19 RT-PCR tests with negative results many times and want to come back home are entitled to return.
According to a local official, when the pandemic broke out in this northern province, the authorities had adopted measures to retain over 60,000 workers in the province to prevent the disease from spreading to other localities. The authorities then offered support to the workers to help them weather the pandemic.
However, the 22,000 people in concentrated quarantine centers, especially at the major coronavirus hotspot of Viet Yen, due to their exposure to Covid-19 patients, have made it difficult for the authorities to offer adequate medical care to them. Accordingly, the local authorities are working with their counterparts in various localities in the country to take the workers back to their hometowns.
Nguyen Tien Coi, director of the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that local industrial zones are maintaining their operations, while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, but their demand for employees remains low. Around 10,000 employees are eligible to return to work, but in reality, only a half have tasks to do.
Coi added that returnees can go back to Bac Giang for work when their employers resume full operations.
He revealed that Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Ha Tinh cannot say no to returnees at the time as the pandemic is raging in these areas, while other provinces and cities are planning to receive the returnees.
In case Bac Giang fails to reduce the number of workers by half as planned, it will prioritize carrying workers to their hometowns which accounts for a large number of workers coming to Bac Giang such as Cao Bang and Thai Nguyen at over 3,000 workers and Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Ha Giang, at 2,000-3,000 workers each.
The relevant localities will need to support Bac Giang to arrange vehicles to transport the returnees and have to take measures to minimize transmission.
Resumption of passenger transport services linking Danang, Quang Nam under consideration
The Saigon Times
|Passengers are seen at a local coach station. The transport authority of Danang recently received a proposal from its counterpart in the neighboring province of Quang Nam about the resumption of passenger transport services linking the two localities – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The transport authority of Danang recently received a proposal from its counterpart in the neighboring province of Quang Nam about the resumption of passenger transport services linking the two localities, said a local transport official at a Covid-19-related meeting on June 11.
The proposal was put forward after Quang Nam went through 31 days without any fresh locally-infected cases and Danang also reported no new domestic infections for 25 days, reported VietnamPlus .
Speaking at the meeting, a representative of the Danang Transport Department said that the department also wants to resume the transport services between the two localities, as long as vehicles do not use more than 50% of their seats.
As for interprovincial buses, the department suggested that they remain suspended as Danang has yet to reopen bus services in the city.
Le Quang Nam, vice chairman of the municipal government, stressed that the resumption of interprovincial transport services between Danang, Quang Nam and other localities is essential. He asked the transport department to team up with the relevant agencies to work out a detailed plan for the resumption and submit it to the municipal government for consideration and approval.
The vice chairman also requested the Danang government’s office to comprehensively evaluate the Covid-19 development in the city and introduce appropriate plans to relax anti-virus measures once the city goes 28 days without recording any fresh domestic infections.
Further, Nam asked the local competent forces to ramp up efforts to check the compliance with Covid-19 safety measures among service providers that have been allowed to resume operations. Violators must be tackled seriously, he noted.