Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have decided to turn two hospitals into COVID-19 treatment facilities, raising the total number of beds for coronavirus patients in the city to 5,000. Nine hospitals with 3,500 beds are currently providing COVID-19 treatment in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the municipal Department of Health. As the number of cases in the metropolis recently passed 2,000, local health authorities have decided to temporarily transform Binh Chanh District Hospital and Thu Duc Regional General Hospital into infirmaries specializing in receiving and treating COVID-19 patients. All medical examination and treatment activities for outpatients and inpatients at Binh Chanh District Hospital will be suspended. The venue will become Binh Chanh COVID-19 Treatment Hospital, which is expected to be put into operation on Friday. It has a capacity of 500 beds and 20 resuscitation beds. The Department of Health assigned the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City adds two COVID-19 treatment hospitals as cases exceed 2,000
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Violating COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations in Ho Chi Minh City is punishable by a fine worth up to VND40 million (US$1,730). Due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic, the municipal People’s Committee issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening to enforce stricter virus prevention and control measures, namely shutting down unofficial markets, limiting public gatherings to three people, and suspending public transport. Hefty fines are to be imposed on violators to make sure these regulations are obeyed. A VND1-3 million ($43-130) fine has been authorized for those who fail to wear face masks in public places. Participating in a gathering of more than three people in public is punishable by a fine worth VND10-20 million ($434-869) for each offender. Failure to comply with authorities’ order to shut down non-essential businesses and unofficial markets is punishable by a VND10-20 million ($434-869) fine. Those who fail to report a … [Read more...] about How are violators of COVID-19 preventive measures penalized in Ho Chi Minh City?
TORONTO -- A Canadian indigenous group announced on Wednesday the "horrific and shocking discovery" of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school, just weeks after the discovery of other children's remains shook the country. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said in a statement that the number of newly found unmarked graves was "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada." The statement did not specify numbers. The group said it would announce at a news conference on Thursday morning "the horrific and shocking discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School" in Saskatchewan. The discovery weeks ago of the remains of 215 indigenous children at the site of another residential school for indigenous children in Kamloops, British Columbia, forced Canadians to confront the legacy of an abusive and assimilationist system. Between 1831 and 1996, Canada's residential school system … [Read more...] about Indigenous group in Canada announces discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves
Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has unveiled a six-point action plan after being re-elected to the same position for the 2021-26 term. The official, also a deputy secretary of the municipal Party Committee, won the re-election after obtaining a majority of votes in favor at the first session of the local 10th People’s Council on Thursday. In his action plan delivered after the re-election, Phong pledged he will join the local political system to successfully implement the resolutions of the 13th National Party Congress and the 11th local Party Congress, based on the spirit of solidarity, responsibility, and creativity. Specifically, the local government will focus on six major issues, including building an effective, efficient, and democratic administration; developing the local economy rapidly and sustainably by applying scientific and technological advances; improving the quality of planning work; promoting socio-cultural development in … [Read more...] about Nguyen Thanh Phong presents action plan after being re-elected as Ho Chi Minh City chairman
Eighteen people in the same hamlet of the Mekong Delta province of Long An tested positive for the novel coronavirus after one of them had contracted the virus from an individual from Ho Chi Minh City, the local epidemic control agency has reported. All the infections were found in Phuoc Ly Hamlet of Can Giuoc District, representing the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases ever detected in the province, the Long An Center for Disease Control said on Thursday. The detection was made after the center was notified by its Ho Chi Minh City counterpart that a person living in Phuoc Ly had caught the virus from another from the city. A cross-infection could have taken place among these people, the center said. All of the 18 COVID-cases have been sent to a health facility for isolation and treatment, while their 29 direct contacts have been put into centralized quarantine. Relevant agencies are urgently disinfecting the affected areas and have deployed other epidemic prevention … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s southern province detects 18 COVID-19 cases in same hamlet
For thousands of years, people have built their great metropolises right up against the contours of coasts, in estuaries and deltas, confident of the ebb and flow of the tides. Domination of the seas allowed many coastal cities to become trading powerhouses and cultural melting pots. But now that strength is becoming a liability as climate change swells the oceans, redrawing the map and putting hundreds of millions at risk. That's the warning of an unpublished draft report by the UN's climate science advisory panel, seen exclusively by AFP , which outlines the vast and urgent climate threats facing the planet. From the air, you can see the problem. In city upon city, office towers, warehouses and homes crowd the water's edge as if they are jostling to take a dip, major roads hug the shore, landing strips jut dauntlessly into the frothing waves. These cities are on the "frontline", the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says. "Difficult choices will … [Read more...] about Coastal cities face their mortality on the climate ‘frontline’