By Thanh An – Translated by Kim Khanh
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Central Quang Ngai Province’s Department of Health on Tuesday requested those coming from coronavirus-hit areas, including Ha Nam Province’s Ly Nhan District since April 22, Hanoi’s Dong Anh District from April 23, Hung Yen Province’s Phu Cu District from April 23, No. 2 Street in Binh Hung Hoa Ward of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)’s Binh Tan District from April 27, Vinh Phuc Province’s Phuc Yen Town from April 23 and Hoi An Town in Quang Nam Province from April 19.
All aforementioned locations have recorded coronavirus patients within their vicinity.
In the nearby Binh Dinh Province, anyone who come from outside needs to medically declare themselves, while anyone returning from coronavirus-hit areas need to self-isolate at home, the provincial health department said.
Authorities in Dong Nai Province which borders HCMC have also requested that anyone coming from Dao Ly Commune of Ha Nam from April 22, Yen Bai Town from April 23, Hoang Xa, Hoang Cac and Nai Khe villages of Hung Yen from April 29, be put into centralized quarantine. Anyone entering Dong Nai from other coronavirus-hit locations would need to be self-isolated and tested for Covid-19.
Soc Trang Province in the Mekong Delta has requested anyone coming from localities that recently reported Covid-19 community transmissions: Hanoi, Da Nang, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen, Yen Bai and HCMC’s Binh Tan District from the four-day holiday starting April 30 to isolate and medically declare themselves to authorities.
HCMC authorities have also requested people entering the city from certain coronavirus-hit locations and hotspots, such as Sunny Club in Vinh Phuc from April 23 to April 30 and the Hoa Sen health center in the same province starting April 26, to enter centralized quarantine and be tested for Covid-19. Passengers on certain flights and those traveling by vehicles that have been associated with recent coronavirus cases would also need to pass the same procedure. Those returning from coronavirus-hit locations would need to self-isolate at home and be tested too.
Hanoi so far has not issued an announcement requiring people entering the city to be quarantined, but the capital has locked down certain locations associated with coronavirus-positive cases. It has also suspended non-essential services like theaters, massage parlors, gyms and outdoor food vendors and cafes for disease prevention.
Vietnam has confirmed 38 local Covid-19 cases since last week in seven localities – Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hanoi, Hung Yen, Da Nang, Yen Bai and HCMC after spending around a month without any community transmissions.
Pham Van Trieu has spent the past three decades traveling throughout rural Vietnam to share the gift of education with impoverished children in remote villages.
Over 30 years ago, Pham Van Trieu set out on a journey into Vietnam’s Central Highlands with one goal in mind: spread the gift of education to children who might otherwise have never seen the inside of a classroom.
Venturing into the mountains and through dense forests into remote regions where education was practically inaccessible, the 55-year-old teacher form the central province of Quang Ngai began offering primary education to needy children.
Of course, teaching in far flung mountain villages came with challenges that extended beyond classroom walls.
Just making it from his small house to the village center required a difficult trek along complicated walking paths and, as the bulk of his food supply came from vegetables he’d pick in the forest, severe rains could mean days without food.
“As long as my efforts help people, I won’t stop trying,” he said.
Trieu eventually settled down in a small village in the central Vietnam’s meadow of Bui Hui and began teaching the alphabet to local children in a small, makeshift classroom built by the villagers.
|Pham Van Trieu boils water for tea in his house in central Vietnam’s province of Quang Ngai. Photo: T. Mai / Tuoi Tre|
Trieu now lives a simple life in a narrow room adjacent to the classroom, relying mostly on instant noodles for substance, an old tea pot for hot water, and a rusty motorbike that’s been with him through all his ups and downs.
“Thanks to this little fellow, I feel less lonely,” Trieu said, gesturing to the worn out motorcycle.
The 55-year-old teacher said that he occasionally considers returning home to experience better living conditions but quickly reminds himself that, without an education, the children who depend on him face a bleak and uncertain future.
“I will continue try my best to teach these children no matter how difficult it becomes,” Trieu shared.
Staying in the villages as garnered him significant praise for his willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness to help children get the proper education the need to make it in the modern world.
“Our country needs more people like Trieu because there is still a serious need for help across Vietnam, especially in poor regions,” said Nguyen Minh Hai, the head teacher of a high school in Quang Ngai.
The requirement is for buses that operate across different cities and provinces, the ministry said in a guidance sent to local authorities Friday in an effort to curb the ongoing Covid-19 surge.
Cargo trucks and those carrying production materials can operate as normal.
For passenger buses that operate within the scale of a city or province, the ministry said local authorities could make the call to suspend services or adjust the number of trips to avoid mass gatherings.
Starting April 27, Vietnam has suffered a fresh Covid-19 outbreak in different clusters across the country. Previously, the nation had gone over a month without community transmissions of the virus.
As of Friday morning, infections have spread in 15 localities – Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Hai Duong, Yen Bai, Thai Binh, Bac Ninh, Lang Son, Quang Ngai and Thanh Hoa, with 121 cases confirmed.
As guided by the ministry, operators of railway, aviation, and inland waterway transport services will adjust their transportation schedules according to the situation on the ground.
Vietnam Railways Corporation has canceled many trips within northern Vietnam since Thursday as under the impact of the new outbreak, the number of passengers booking tickets has dropped significantly.
Hanoi plans to turn the five suburban districts of Hoai Duc, Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Thanh Tri, Dan Phuong into inner districts in the next five years
and then three rural districts of Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin, Me Linh will become urban districts in the period of 2026-2030.
The Hanoi Party Committee has issued Program No. 04 on building new rural areas, which emphasizes construction of the countryside in the new model which meets urban criteria.
Under this program, the rural districts of Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Thanh Tri, Hoai Duc, Dan Phuong will be developed to become urban districts in the period of 2021-2025 and the rural districts of Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin, Me Linh will become urban districts in the period of 2026 – 2030.
To implement this program, Hanoi will mobilize over VND92 trillion, an increase of about 15% compared to the period 2016-2020. Of that amount, including VND83,7 trillion is from the state budget and nearly VND9 trillion is from businesses and social resources.
The city has established the Steering Committee to develop five rural districts into urban districts with 26 members, chaired by Hanoi Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh.
Hanoi authorities plan to build Dong Anh district as its satellite city. This issue will be carefully discussed by the newly established Steering Committee in the coming time.
Hanoi has 12 urban districts and 17 rural districts.
The urban districts include: Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Hoang Mai, Thanh Xuan, Long Bien, Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, Tay Ho, Cau Giay, Ha Dong.
The 17 rural districts are: Ba Vi, Chuong My, Phuc Tho, Dan Phuong, Dong Anh, Gia Lam, Hoai Duc, Me Linh, My Duc, Phu Xuyen, Quoc Oai, Soc Son, Thach That, Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin, Ung Hoa, Thanh Tri and Son Tay town.
Capital residents and tourists are required to wear masks in public areas on the occasion of year-end and New Year celebrations.
Hanoi Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention released Notice No. 35 / TB-BCĐ on tightening anti-pandemic measures on the occasion of year-end and New Year celebrations.
Capital residents and tourists are required to wear masks when riding public transport; visiting public places including parks, flower gardens, pedestrian streets, squares, bus stations, markets, supermarkets, shopping mall; and when taking part in public cultural, entertainment and sport events.
The organizations and individuals who defy the quarantine measures as well as disease prevention protocol will be strictly sanctioned/ Photo: Le Giang
City’s administrative bodies are required to enhance communication on the implementation of the “5K Message”, including: Khau trang (Masks) – Khu khuan (Disinfection) – Khoang cach (Distance) – Khong tu tap (No gathering) – Khai bao y te (Medical declaration), in order to raise awareness among citizens in preventing pandemic.
In addition, Hanoi authorities are requested to enforce pandemic prevention and control measures during the New Year holiday and be ready to ensure absolute safety for the 13 th National Party Congress.
Specifically, the districts of Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, and Nam Tu Liem are required to urgently develop plan to ensure safety at fireworks display places.
Hanoi Department of Transport is tasked with ensuring safety on public transport means and premises including pier, bus station and railway station. All passengers are required to wear masks when riding means of public transportation.
Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports is required to enforce anti-pandemic measures at venues of festivals, cultural, entertainment and sports activities during the celebrations of New Year 2021 and the traditional Lunar New Year of the Buffalo.
The Department of Tourism is assigned the work of ensuring safety for travelers and enforce anti-pandemic measures at tourist sites and accommodation establishments as well as strengthen inspection disease prevention in city-approved paid quarantine places.
The Department of Industry and Trade is required to ensure the safety in supermarkets, markets, the area where Spring fairs are held, among others.
The Department of Health is tasked with strengthening supervision and early detection of suspected cases in the community; implement the timely lockdown and quarantine in case new infection is detected; thoroughly handle disease outbreak; and ensure safety in both domestic and non-public health centers in the city.
The Capital High Command, in coordination with relevant agencies, continues to closely manage centralized isolation facilities, preventing cross infection in quarantine facilities.
Hanoi Municipal Police will strictly handle cases of illegal entry, as well as people flouting pandemic prevention and control; ensure security and order at quarantine facilities.
People’s Committees of districts, towns, communes, wards and townships are required to supervise the prevention and control of pandemic in the area; focus on anti-pandemic prevention and strengthen inspection of anti-pandemic measures compliance at public spots and crowded entertainment activities.
T he organizations and individuals who defy the quarantine measures as well as disease prevention protocol will be strictly sanctioned, the Notice stressed.