LIVE UPDATES: COVID 19 PANDEMIC – VIETNAM

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the situation in Da Nang and Vietnam concerning Covid 19, this article will be updated continuously to keep you updated with the latest relevant news.

 

 

 

 

Friday August 14

 

Vietnam records 18 new Covid-19 cases

The Health Ministry confirmed 18 more Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the nation’s active cases to 471. Info HERE

 

Chinese citizen tests positive for coronavirus after illegal entry into Vietnam

A Chinese national who had made an illegal entry into Vietnam was confirmed as one of the Southeast Asian country’s 24 new coronavirus cases on Friday, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Info HERE

 

Vietnam to place order for 50-150 million doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Vietnam will order up to 150 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine Russia has approved this week, with one proportion of the number to be donated by the Russians, according to information released at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi on Friday. Info HERE

 

Da Nang puts 3 areas, 36 officers in quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 patients

Two apartment buildings, part of a local village, and 36 officers of the ward-level People’s Committee in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang have been quarantined after exposure to eight COVID-19 patients. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports one more death from Covid-19, six new cases

A 61-year-old woman became the 21st Covid-19 fatality in Vietnam on Friday morning even as six more people were diagnosed with the disease. Info HERE

 

Made-in-Vietnam COVID-19 vaccine could begin as early as this October

First phase of human trials on a made-in-Vietnam COVID-19 vaccine could begin as early as this October. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 13

 

Vietnam confirms 22 new Covid-19 cases, two deaths

Vietnam confirmed 22 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths Thursday evening, increasing the number of active cases to 464. Info HERE

 

Bluezone reaches nearly 16 million users in Vietnam

As many as 15.7 million people have downloaded Bluezone, a domestically developed contact-tracing mobile app to identify and alert people who have interacted with Covid-19 patients, as of August 11, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications. Info HERE

 

120,000 people in HCMC to lose jobs due to Covid-19 outbreak

Around 120,000 employees of 4,000 businesses in HCMC are likely to be laid off from now until September with the resurgence of Covid-19 community transmissions. Info HERE

 

3,000 Da Nang returnees to HCMC skip Covid-19 tests

Nearly 3,000 returnees from hotspot Da Nang to HCMC could face criminal charges for failing to complete local health declaration procedures. Info HERE

 

Vietnam Covid-19 death toll rises to 18

A 52-year-old woman with Covid-19 died in Da Nang on Wednesday to take Vietnam’s death toll to 18 in two weeks. Info HERE

 

Vietnam Covid-19 tally rises by 3

Two more local cases of Covid-19 and a third, a woman who arrived from Saudi Arabia, have taken the number of active cases to 457. Info HERE

 

Vietnam sees 9 people have made a full  recovery from the virus

Nine people from Quảng Ngãi, Bạc Liêu and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu provinces have made a full

recovery from coronavirus. Info HERE

 

An American woman offers plasma for Covid-19 research

An American woman living in HCMC who recently recovered from Covid-19 has registered to donate plasma to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 12

 

Vietnam reports 14 more Covid-19 cases

Vietnam confirmed 14 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday evening, with 13 of them in Da Nang City and one in Hanoi. Info HERE

 

Vietnam PM says next 10 days ‘critical’ in virus fight

Vietnam’s Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the next 10 days would be critical in the Southeast Asian country’s fight against a new coronavirus outbreak, which resurfaced late last month after three months of no domestic cases. Info HERE

 

Vietnam set to test homemade COVID-19 vaccines on human later this year

Following four novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine research and development units recently enjoying positive results, ‘Made in Vietnam’ COVID-19 vaccines are poised to begin human trials later this year, according to the Ministry of Health. Info HERE

 

Health expert warns of false negatives from COVID-19 rapid test

Those who have been tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 using rapid test should not be subjective as the method may lead to false results, Professor, Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri has affirmed. Info HERE

 

Da Nang restricts market visits with ‘access tickets’

Authorities in Da Nang, Vietnam’s novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak epicenter at present, have required residents to go to local markets less often in a bid to curb the epidemic. Info HERE

 

Da Nang hospital on constant alert in Covid-19 battle to save lives

Doctors and nurses at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases keep an eagle eye on health indicators of eight critically ill Covid-19 patients with comorbidities. Info HERE

 

Another Covid-19 patient dies in Vietnam

A 55-year-old man died of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the 17th victim of the pandemic in Vietnam. Info HERE

 

Race against clock at Da Nang COVID-19 test lab

As Da Nang grapples with a new wave of COVID-19 cases, lab technicians at the Da Nang Center for Disease Control (CDC) are working to extremes to meet the increased testing demand. Info HERE

 

Vietnam tourism floored again by Covid-19 pandemic

Travel agencies banking on domestic tourism to stage a recovery have been knocked down yet again by the Covid-19 comeback, with rising infections and deaths. Info HERE

 

Three Japan returnees diagnosed with Covid-19

Vietnam records three more cases of Covid-19 Wednesday morning, who were citizens repatriated from Japan, raising its active cases to 451. Info HERE

 

Da Nang asks public servants to work from home after official positive for COVID-19

Authorities in Da Nang have allowed all staff members at the municipal administration center to work from home after an official recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday August 11

Covid-19: Vietnam reports 16 more domestic infections, one death

A 37-year-old man has become the 16th Covid-19 fatality in Vietnam as the country recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday evening, all linked to the Da Nang outbreak. Info HERE

 

Vietnam adds 16 COVID-19 local infections, one virus-related death

Vietnam documented 16 new local infections of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one virus-related death on Tuesday evening, bringing the national tally to 863 cases, with 16 deaths. Info HERE

 

Da Nang extends social distancing for a fortnight

Da Nang has decided to continue social distancing for another two weeks, limiting gatherings to two people and household shopping to once every three days. Info HERE

 

No new COVID-19 cases in Việt Nam. One more death recorded on August 11 morning. Info HERE

 

 

Monday August 10

 

Vietnam loses another person to Covid-19

A 66-year-old man with underlying renal failure died Monday evening, taking Vietnam’s Covid-19 death toll to 14. Info HERE

 

Vietnam records six new Covid-19 cases

Five new cases of Covid-19 community transmission, all linked to Da Nang, and one imported case raised Vietnam’s active infections to 435, the Ministry of Health said Monday evening. Info HERE

 

Eight-year-old boy among six new coronavirus cases in Vietnam

Vietnam confirmed six new coronavirus patients – including one eight-year-old and an imported case – four recoveries, and two deaths on Monday, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Info HERE

 

Da Nang outbreak sees first patients beat Covid-19

Two medics and two caregivers at Da Nang Hospital have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, marking the first recoveries since the pandemic resurgence. Info HERE

 

Two more Covid-19 patients die, death toll rises to 13

Two women diagnosed with Covid-19, both with underlying morbidities, died on Monday morning, taking Vietnam’s death toll to 13. Info HERE

 

Man behind Vietnam’s Bluezone contact-tracing app explains how it works

Bluezone, a mobile app commissioned by the Vietnamese government to assist in contact tracing during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, does not intrude on personal privacy or collect users’ data, according to Tran Viet Hai — the person in charge of the app project. Info HERE

 

Vietnam deports 21 Chinese who entered illegally

Vietnam border guards have deported 21 Chinese nationals who had illegally sneaked into the country after they completed a 14-day quarantine. Info HERE

 

600 people stranded in Da Nang get tested before flying home to HCMC

In Da Nang, 624 visitors from HCMC, including over 50 foreigners, were tested for Covid-19 on Sunday to ensure they can fly back home. Info HERE

 

Vietnam records zero coronavirus infections for 1st time in 10 days

Vietnam logged zero new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning, the first time in over 10 days. Info HERE

 

Be vigilant, as there’s no telling when the virus could reoccur: Deputy PM

The risks of further coronavirus outbreaks remain ever-present and everyone must absolutely stay on guard, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam said. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Sunday August 9

 

Vietnam records 29 new Covid-19 cases

Twenty nine new Covid-19 cases, all linked to Da Nang City, raised Vietnam’s total count to 841 and active cases to 435, the Health Ministry confirmed Sunday evening. Info HERE

 

Vietnam recorded its 11th COVID-19-related death

Vietnam recorded its 11th COVID-19-related death on Sunday afternoon, a 55-year-old woman in Đà Nẵng with severe pneumonia and a history of hypertension. Info HERE

 

Two new Covid-19 cases linked to Da Nang outbreak

Vietnam confirmed two new Covid-19 cases Sunday morning, taking the national tally to 812 and active infections to 407. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday August 8 

 

Vietnam records 20 more Covid-19 cases linked to Da Nang outbreak

Twenty new Covid-19 cases linked to epicenter Da Nang, plus an infected repatriate, raised Vietnam’s active infections to 405, the Health Ministry said Saturday evening. Info HERE

 

Vietnam to use TB test for Covid-19

The Ministry of Health has approved the use of GeneXpert, a tuberculosis test, for Covid-19 screening. Info HERE

 

Vietnam PM says risk of COVID-19 community spread ‘very high’

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday warned of a “very high” risk of COVID-19 community transmission as he urged national determination, solidarity and responsibility over the next two weeks to stamp out the current outbreak. Info HERE

 

Five new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday morning

Five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday morning including three community cases relating to Đà Nẵng City and two imported. Info HERE

 

After rice, Saigon ‘ATM’ now dispenses face masks

The man behind Saigon’s “rice ATMs” has now set up a “face mask ATM” that dispenses around 20,000 free masks a day. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Friday August 7

 

Vietnam records 34 more Covid-19 cases

Vietnam confirmed 34 new Covid-19 patients Friday evening, 32 of them linked to Da Nang outbreak. Info HERE

 

PM calls for sufficient supply of medical equipment for COVID-19 prevention and treatment

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked localities and sectors to ensure sufficient supply of medical equipment and human resources for COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment work. Info HERE

 

HCM City closes all public parks due to Covid-19 outbreak

All entertainment and sports activities at public parks in HCM City will come to a halt from August 7. Info HERE

 

Cost of two-week quarantine in Saigon hotels averages $583

People in Ho Chi Minh City who choose to spend mandatory COVID-19 quarantine at hotels, rather than free quarantine centers, should expect to pay an average fee of VND13.5 million (US$583) for the service. Info HERE

 

Prey to visitor shortage, Saigon zoo launches online donation call

Saigon Zoo, in operation for 156 years, is urging the public to help it care for around 1,500 animals amid the Covid-19 economic fallout. Info HERE

 

280 Vietnamese citizens brought home from Europe

Nearly 280 citizens were repatriated from European countries on a flight of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on August 6-7. Info HERE

 

Vietnam records three new Covid-19 cases Friday morning, all linked to DaNang outbreak

Two people contacted previous infections in Da Nang taking Vietnam’s Covid-19 active counts to 348. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 6

Vietnam records 30 more Covid-19 cases

Vietnam confirmed 30 new Covid-19 infections in four localities Thursday evening, taking the number of active cases to 345. Info HERE

 

Hanoi fines bar $1,720 for ignoring Covid-19 shutdown order

A bar in Hanoi has been fined VND40 million ($1,720) for operating amid suspension of certain non-essential services to curb the spread of Covid-19. Info HERE

 

Special train transports 56 Chinese experts to Quang Ngai

A special train has been organised to take 56 Chinese experts from Dong Dang railway station in Lang Son province to Dung Quat industrial park in Quang Ngai, with a range of strict novel coronavirus prevention and control measures being applied throughout the journey. Info HERE

 

Vietnam urges citizens to install contact-tracing app

Vietnam is urging its citizens to install a domestically developed contact-tracing mobile app to identify and alert people who have interacted with COVID-19 patients. Info HERE

 

The new academic year will start from September 5
According to the plan for new academic year of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee yesterday issued, preschools start the new academic year from September 5. Info HERE

 

Vietnam’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 10

A 67-year-old woman died in Da Nang Wednesday afternoon, becoming Vietnam’s second Covid-19 fatality of the day and the 10th overall. Info HERE

 

Vietnam turns Da Nang stadium into field hospital amid virus outbreak

Vietnam is close to completing the conversion of a sports stadium into a 1,000-bed field hospital in its new coronavirus epicentre Da Nang, the health ministry said on Thursday, as it battles an outbreak that has spread to at least 11 locations. Info HERE

 

Cuba sends medicine, health experts to Vietnam for COVID-19 fight

Cuba has provided Vietnam with a batch of medicine and sent its experts to the Southeast Asian country to support the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic. Info HERE

 

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi is at high risk of coronavirus transmission in the community

From now on until August 12, Hanoi is at high risk of coronavirus transmission in the community, thus the city needs to raise the Covid-19 alert to a higher level, according to Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung. Info HERE

 

Covid-19 claims 9th victim in Vietnam

A 67-year-old woman died of Covid-19 early Thursday morning, Vietnam’s ninth fatality so far. Info HERE

 

Four more Covid-19 cases linked to Da Nang outbreak

A Hanoi man visiting Da Nang and three that had contact with infected cases in the central city have raised Vietnam’s active tally to 328. Info HERE

 

45 illegal foreigners detected in south-central Vietnamese province

Authorities in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa have discovered 45 foreigners who had been staying in the locality without identification papers or with expired visas. Info HERE

 

Vietnam Airlines to cut salaries of pilots, flight attendants by half

Vietnam Airlines, whose revenues have nosedived due to the Covid-19 crisis, plans to cut the salaries of pilots and flight attendants by around half. Info HERE

 

Vietnam cracks down on illegal immigration from China as coronavirus cases surge

The Southeast Asian nation is reeling from 264 new infections and eight deaths since July 25, after going three months without detected local transmissions. Vietnam’s prime minister ordered an investigation of illegal border crossings from China on the same day the virus resurfaced last month. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 5

Việt Nam records 41 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday afternoon, caseload surpasses 700

Việt Nam recorded a total of 41 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday afternoon, 40 of them linked to Đà Nẵng, bringing the country’s total caseload to 713. Info HERE

 

Trucks distribute essentials to Hoi An residents under COVID-19 social distancing rules

In an effort to support residents practicing strict social distancing to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities in Hoi An City — the tourism hub of the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam — have organized a convoy of trucks handing food supplies to sequestered households in the area. Info HERE

 

Da Nang outbreak adds two more Covid-19 cases

Two men visiting the Da Nang Hospital recently have been diagnosed with Covid-19, putting Vietnam’s active cases at 286 on Wednesday morning. Info HERE

 

Don’t let social distancing impede socio-economic activity: PM

Covid-19 affected localities should quickly identify hotspots and fight outbreaks aggressively without impacting areas free of infection, the PM has said. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Tuesday August 4

 

Vietnam reports 18 more Covid-19 patients

Another 18 patients of Covid-19 were confirmed Tuesday evening, with 17 linked to Da Nang and one repatriated from Equatorial Guinea, raising active cases to 288. Info HERE

 

Saigon to fine mask less people in public from August 5

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will start fining people who fail to wear a face mask in public from Wednesday, in an effort to curb the COVID-19 epidemic, the city’s chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong announced on Monday. Info HERE

 

Da Nang speeds up mass Covid-19 testing of high-risk community

Medics in Da Nang City on Tuesday tested 5,000 residents of high-risk Son Tra District for the novel coronavirus. Info HERE

 

Two more Covid-19 patients die in Vietnam

A 62-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man died of Covid-19 in Da Nang on Tuesday, the seventh and eighth deaths caused by the pandemic so far in Vietnam. Info HERE

 

Hanoi out of Covid-19 rapid test kits, tells people to monitor their symptoms

With Hanoi running out of Covid-19 rapid test kits, people, including around 18,000 returning from Covid-19 hotspot Da Nang, have been advised to monitor themselves for symptoms. Info HERE

 

Ten more people test positive for COVID-19, all connected to Da Nang Hospital

Seven people are from the central city, aged between 30 and 68. One is a member of the medical staff at the hospital and five others are patients. The other case refers to a person already under observation who came into contact with a positive person. Info HERE

 

Vietnam to conduct high school exam in two phases amid fresh Covid-19 outbreak

The education ministry says quarantined students and those from locked down localities can sit for the national high school exams in a later phase. Info HERE

 

New wave of Covid-19 to threaten still-struggling garment industry

With the second wave of Covid-19, Vietnam’s textile and footwear industries, still reeling from the impact of the first, are likely to see things worsen. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Monday August 3

 

Vietnam detects 21 new COVID-19 cases in Da Nang, Quang Nam

A additional 21 coronavirus cases were recorded in Vietnam on Monday evening, with 15 in Da Nang and six in neighboring Quang Nam Province, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Info HERE

 

Vietnam to evacuate 400 stranded tourists from Covid-19 epicenter Da Nang

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has agreed to evacuate 400 travelers stuck in central Da Nang, Vietnam’s new novel coronavirus epicenter. Info HERE

 

Covid-19 may hurt up to 5 million workers in Vietnam in Q3

In the worst-case scenario, the number of workers losing their jobs could increase by 60,000 – 70,000 per month. Info HERE

 

23 caught at Dong Nai drug party

Police found 23 partygoers aged between 18 and 32 indulging in banned substances in the southern Dong Nai Province on Sunday, despite social distancing requirements. Info HERE

 

HCMC Party chief calls for Wuhan-style lockdown in Da Nang

Da Nang should be considered a “dangerous Covid-19 epicenter” and placed under complete lockdown like China’s Wuhan City, the HCMC Party chief has said. Info HERE

 

Buôn Ma Thuột City under lockdown after two new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Areas in the Buôn Ma Thuột City in the Central Highland province of Đắk Lắk were placed under lockdown late Monday after two people from the same family tested positive for COVID-19. Info HERE

 

Da Nang turns dorms into quarantine centers to combat virus

Da Nang, a city in central Vietnam that is the country’s current outbreak epicenter, on Sunday turned two local dormitories into centralized quarantine centers for suspected COVID-19 cases. Info HERE

 

Over 500 Vietnamese citizens flown home from 25 countries

More than 500 Vietnamese citizens from Thailand and 24 countries in Europe and Africa arrived in Vietnam on Sunday on two special flights organized to repatriate citizens stranded due to the COVID-19 pandem. Info HERE

 

Second Covid-19 wave could sink local businesses

Many firms have been caught off guard by the sudden spike in new Covid-19 cases, disrupting plans adjusted after the pandemic’s initial impacts. Info HERE

 

Da Nang to fine seven for booze party amid Covid-19 social distancing

Seven men in Da Nang face fines of VND7.5 million ($321) each for gathering to drink despite a social distancing order amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports another Covid-19 case linked to Da Nang outbreak

A woman taking care of a patient at Da Nang Hospital has been diagnosed with Covid-19, raising Vietnam’s active cases to 242. Info HERE

 

Local authorities and hotels join-hands to support tourists stranded in DaNang

Over 300 tourists stranded in the central city of Da Nang due to the new COVID-19 outbreak have received support from the local tourism department and hotels to ensure their safety during the social distancing period. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Sunday August 2

 

Vietnam loses sixth Covid-19 patient

A 53-year-old Covid-19 patient in Da Nang succumbed to the disease Sunday night, making her the sixth fatality of the pandemic in Vietnam. Info HERE

 

Vietnam records 30 more Covid-19 cases

Vietnam recorded 30 more Covid-19 cases in six localities on Sunday night, bringing the tally of active cases to 242. Info HERE

 

Vietnam sees two more deaths linked to coronavirus, total reaches 5

Two more people died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Sunday morning, just few days after it recorded its first-ever deaths as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases. Info HERE

 

23 Vietnamese employees quarantined after Japanese company director tests positive for coronavirus

Twenty-three employees of a company in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been quarantined after their Japanese director tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon landing in Japan on Saturday. Info HERE

 

Covid-19 rush: Workers to finish Da Nang field hospital in four days

A Covid-19 field hospital with 2,000 beds is being set up post haste in a Da Nang sports center. Info HERE

 

Food industry considers survival plans as Covid-19 spreads

Food and beverage businesses are trying to figure out survival strategies amid the renewed local transmission of Covid-19. Info HERE

 

Vietnam confirm four more Covid-19 cases Sunday morning

Vietnam has confirmed four more Covid-19 cases Sunday morning, including two men in HCMC and Quang Ngai Province linked to Da Nang, bringing the tally of active cases to 214. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Saturday August 1

 

Vietnam records 28 new Covid-19 cases, most linked to Da Nang

The Health Ministry confirmed 28 new Covid-19 infections Saturday night, with 26 linked to Da Nang, now Vietnam’s novel coronavirus epicenter. Info HERE

 

Ho Chi Minh City seals off entire apartment block, alley as COVID-19 cases suspected

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have placed a whole block of an apartment building in District 12 and an alley in Tan Phu District on lockdown as two people living there are suspected of being COVID-19 positive after returning from Da Nang, the country’s outbreak epicenter. Info HERE

 

Da Nang, Vietnam’s outbreak epicenter, orders mass COVID-19 testing

The People’s Committee of Da Nang on Saturday issued a decision to carry out COVID-19 tests on a large scale on residents, including foreigners, in the central city. Info HERE

 

226 European diplomats, businesspeople arrive in Vietnam for investment activities

A special flight from Germany has brought 226 diplomats and businesspeople from 15 European countries, and all were quarantined on arrival. Info HERE

 

Life inside locked down Da Nang Hospital, Covid-19 hotspot

The almost 2,200 medical personnel working at Da Nang Hospital were told to come in and stay as it locked down for 14 days. Info HERE

 

Vietnam confirms 3rd death linked to COVID-19 in Da Nang

Vietnam recorded its third new coronavirus fatality after the death of a woman who had tested positive in Danang, where the virus re-emerged in the country last week after 100 days, the Health Ministry confirmed Saturday morning. Info HERE

 

Vietnam offers another automatic visa extension until end of August

Vietnam’s Immigration Department announced another automatic visa extension until August 31 for foreigners stuck in the country due to the pandemic. Info HERE

 

Hà Nội orders shutdown of bars, karaoke venues and roadside stalls starting August 1

Starting August 1, all bars, karaoke venues and roadside stalls will have to close and large gatherings are banned in Hà Nội, the city’s authorities announced Friday morning, as the country battled a new wave of coronavirus after no local transmission cases for months. Info HERE

 

Da Nang reports 12 more Covid-19 patients

Vietnam’s Covid-19 outbreak Da Nang City reported 12 more cases on Saturday morning, after two Covid-19 patients died on Friday. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports second Covid-19 death

A 61-year-old Covid-19 patient has died of serious septic shock due to serious diseases and Covid-19, the second death since the virus first emerged in Vietnam in January. Info HERE

 

Two-year-old baby among latest COVID-19 cases

Twelve more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the central city of Đà Nẵng, including a two-year-old baby boy. Info HERE

 

No Covid-19 outbreak outside Da Nang yet: advisory group

Citing data analysis, experts say the latest wave of Covid-19 community transmissions in Vietnam originated in Da Nang, not elsewhere. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Friday 31

 

Vietnam reports another 37 new Covid-19 cases, total hits 546, marking the biggest single-day jump

Vietnam records 37 more novel coronavirus patients Friday evening, of whom 26 cases are imported and had been under quarantine up-on arrival, 03 new cases in Ho Chi Minh city and 08 other cases in Quang Nam Province, the health ministry said on its website. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports first Covid-19 death

A 70-year-old Covid-19 patient with multiple comorbidities died on Friday, the first death of anyone who contracted the disease in Vietnam. Info HERE

 

Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese suspends community activities over COVID-19

The Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City has announced the suspension of all of its community activities due to increasingly complicated developments of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic. Info HERE

 

Da Nang citizens encouraged to install coronavirus contact tracing app

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications is encouraging residents in the central city of Da Nang to install a contact tracing app on their smartphones in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Info HERE

 

Saigonese cancel tour bookings en masse over coronavirus concerns

Thousands of potential holidaymakers in Ho Chi Minh City have called off their vacations amid the recent rapid development of COVID-19 outbreaks in Vietnam, according to the municipal tourism department. Info HERE

 

Hanoians mass test for Covid-19 after fresh outbreak

Thousands of Hanoians have been tested for the novel coronavirus after new community transmissions surfaced in central Da Nang City. Info HERE

 

45 patients, family members at Da Nang hospitals infected with Covid-19

Vietnam confirmed 45 new Covid-19 patients Friday morning, all linked to hospitals in Da Nang, now Vietnam’s biggest outbreak, raising the nation’s active cases to 140. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports biggest jump in COVID-19 cases, mobilises health team

Vietnam on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus infections in the city of Da Nang, marking the country’s biggest single-day jump in cases, as the health ministry sent more health experts to the central city in a bid to combat the outbreak. Info HERE

 

HCM City police detained 11 illegal Chinese immigrants, eight escaped

On July 30, while conducting a patrol in Phu Thanh Ward, Tan Phu District, the police discovered 19 Chinese nationals at a local apartment who have been suspected of illegally entering the country When the police came to the apartment, the Chinese people tried to run away. Eleven were detained there, while the remaining eight escaped. Info HERE

 

Nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens repatriated from US, Japan…

Nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens left stranded in the US and Japan due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic safely returned to Vietnam on July 30 from a special flight conducted by national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines. Info HERE

 

Vietnam authorities caught nearly 1 million face masks with low quality

Vietnam’s market surveillance authority seized over 150,000 counterfeit 3M face masks , the largest case of intellectual property infringement in the country so far this year. Info HERE

 

World Bank provides $6.2 mln to support Vietnam’s Covid-19 fight

The World Bank will provide Vietnam with $6.2 million in non-refundable aid to strengthen its coronavirus surveillance and testing capacities amid a fresh outbreak. Info HERE

 

Da Nang to build field hospital as three medical facilities remain locked down

Da Nang plans to set up a field hospital in Hai Chau District to treat Covid-19 patients since several hospitals are under lockdown. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

Thursday 30

 

Saigon closes bars, dance clubs again as Covid-19 infections rise

Saigon has banned large gatherings and ordered all bars and dance clubs to close starting Friday as Covid-19 numbers rise in the country. Info HERE

 

Saigon street locked down over suspect Covid-19 case

A street in Saigon’s Thu Duc District was locked down Thursday night over a suspected Covid-19 case from Da Nang. Info HERE

 

Coronavirus: Vietnam confirms five more cases of community transmission tonight

Quang Nam Province records five more Covid-19 cases Thursday, all linked to Da Nang Hospital, taking the country’s active cases to 95. Info HERE

 

11 illegal Chinese found in Ho Chi Minh City condo

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have discovered 11 Chinese nationals they say entered the country illegally after inspecting a local condominium. Info HERE

 

Vietnam reports nine new Covid-19 cases in Hanoi and Da Nang, total 459

Vietnam confirmed nine more Covid-19 cases Thursday morning, with 8 cases in Da Nang city and 1 case in Hanoi, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.Info HERE

 

Da Nang shuts all eateries as people flout Covid-19 social distancing rules

Da Nang has announced that all eateries, including those that sell online and offer takeout, will be closed from Thursday afternoon. Info HERE

 

 

 

Wednesday July 29

US citizen confirmed as one of 4 new coronavirus cases in Vietnam

Vietnam confirmed four more COVID-19 cases, including one American, in the community on Wednesday night, bringing the day’s count to 12. Info HERE

 

Vietnam confirms four new Covid-19 cases

Vietnam confirmed four more Covid-19 cases Wednesday evening in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. Info HERE

 

Supervision over Covid-19 pandemic to be tightened nationwide

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Wednesday ordered tightening supervision over the pandemic in all localities nationwide, with special attention to be given to people who travelled through sites now under lockdown in central Đà Nẵng City. Info HERE

 

Hanoi locks down a street and isolates a pizza restaurant after new coronavirus suspected cases detected

The Me Tri Truong Street in Me Tri Ward of Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem has been locked down and pizza restaurant at 106 Tran Thai Tong street in Cau Giay District has been isolated on July 29th after suspected cases of the novel coronavirus were detected. Info HERE

 

Hotel in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city put into lockdown after report of suspected Covid-19 case

A guest in isolation at the hotel says they have all been put into lockdown after being told of a suspected case of Covid-19 at the hotel in Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, near the Cho Ray Hospital. Info HERE

 

Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City stops admitting patients over COVID-19 concerns

A hospital in Ho Chi Minh City says it will stop receiving patients for three days this week given the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment. Info HERE

 

Urgent notice from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health

The Vietnam’s Ministry of Health late Tuesday issued an urgent notice to trace people who have visited the venues or places where confirmed COVID-19 patients have been.  They called on anyone who has visited the following locations in Da Nang City and Quảng Nam Province – Vietnam’s latest COVID-19 hotspots – to come forward and seek medical help as soon as possible.Info HERE

 

Da Nang records eight more Covid-19 cases

Vietnam confirmed eight more cases of Covid-19 Wednesday morning, all linked to hospitals in Da Nang, now the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot. Info HERE

 

Two women arrested for helping nine Chinese nationals enter Vietnam illegally

Two women from the border province of Lang Son in northern Vietnam are being investigated for helping nine Chinese nationals enter Vietnam illegally. Info HERE

 

Vietnamese brace for the second Covid-19 wave

Vietnamese face renewed distress after 30 people contracted Covid-19 locally, the first such cases in Vietnam in over three months. Info HERE

 

 

 

Tuesday July 28

 

Quang Nam closes entertainment outlets to curb Covid-19 threat

Entertainment venues in Quang Nam will close starting Wednesday amidst the rising number of Covid-19 community transmission cases in the area. Info HERE

 

Vietnam records seven more Covid-19 community transmissions

Vietnam confirmed seven more Covid-19 patients Tuesday evening, with five linked to the Da Nang Hospital, a coronavirus hotspot in the eponymous city. Info HERE

 

Ho Chi Minh City busts latest illegal entry case involving 8 Chinese

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have quarantined eight Chinese and one Vietnamese after discovering they had entered Vietnam illegally. Info HERE

 

HCMC prepared eight hotels to serve as paid quarantine sites

HCM City has prepared eight three to five-star hotels to serve as paid isolation areas for people entering Vietnam from abroad. Info HERE

 

High school graduation exams held as scheduled

The 2020 high school graduation examination will be held as the set plan in all provinces and cities nationwide, including Da Nang, despite the detection of new COVID-19 community infections. Info HERE

 

Hospitals nationwide ready to assist Đà Nẵng in COVID-19 treatment

Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam on Tuesday urged medical centres in other provinces and cities to share the burden with Đà Nẵng as the central coastal city is now a hotspot of COVID-19. Info HERE

 

WHO praises Vietnam response to new outbreak, repatriation program

The World Health Organization has hailed Vietnam for its quick response to the latest Covid-19 outbreak and bringing back its stranded citizens from abroad. Info HERE

 

All flights, buses from and to Vietnam’s Da Nang city suspended due to coronavirus outbreak

Vietnam has suspended all flights to and from Danang for 15 days starting Tuesday after at least 14 cases of the novel coronavirus had been detected in the city, the government said on Tuesday morning. Info HERE

 

Vietnam’s Da Nang city has been placed under lockdown to stem the pandemic

From Zero O’Clock Tuesday, July 28, 2020 people living in residential areas around three hospitals in Da Nang will be required to stay at home, according to a directive issued by the Prime Minister. Info HERE

 

Vietnam tightens border control over coronavirus concerns

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked local authorities to impose tighter controls on illegal immigrants from neighboring countries.  Info HERE

 

280 Vietnamese citizens brought home safely from the US

More than 280 Vietnamese citizens were repatriated from the San Francisco Airport, the US on a Vietnam Airlines flight late Monday. Info HERE

 

Vietnam brings home 120 Covid-19 infected citizens from Equatorial Guinea

An unprecedented flight departed from Hanoi on Tuesday morning to return 219 Vietnamese workers, of whom 120 are Covid-19 positive, from Equatorial Guinea. Info HERE

 

 

 

Monday July 27

 

Vietnam businesses reimpose Covid-19 safety measures.

Offices and restaurants across Vietnam are reimplementing measures to contain the novel coronavirus amid resurging community transmissions. Info HERE

 

Coronavirus: Vietnam records 11 more community transmissions

Eleven new cases of Covid-19 community transmission were confirmed Monday evening in Da Nang City, including four medical staffs.Info HERE

 

Ho Chi Minh City decides to test all arrivals from Da Nang to stem coronavirus

Ho Chi Minh City authorities will test those arriving from Da Nang, where three local COVID-19 infections were confirmed on the weekend, since July 1 for the novel coronavirus to stall transmission. Info HERE

 

Vietnam brings back Covid-19 protocols for public transport

Vietnam has returned to pandemic prevention protocols on aircraft, trains, ships, and buses. Info HERE

 

Da Nang stops tourists, bans gatherings of over 30 people

Da Nang city authorities have stopped accepting tourists for 14 days starting from July 26, while non-essential services such as amusement parks, bars, beauty parlors, discos, karaoke, massage parlors, and schools have been closed until further notice. However, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, lottery services will continue to operate with preventive measures. Info HERE

 

All students in Vietnam’s Central city of Da Nang leave school to prevent coronavirus outbreak

All students in the Central city of Da Nang have been allowed to leave school since 1 p.m. on July 26 to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks. In a document issued by the director of the city Department of Education and Training Le Thi Bich Thuan, the department required principals of educational institutions including nursery schools, foreign language, and IT centers, tutoring institutions, gifted schools and overseas study consulting centers to halt all student gathering activities until there is a new announcement. Info HERE

 

Training session at Health Department

On the morning of July 26, the Department of Health was trained in the use of Bluezone software that stores information about each individual’s ‘path’, helping to trace the source of close contacts for Covid-19. During the training session, Dr. Ha Anh Duc, head of the office of the Ministry of Health, said, “Each individual will have to download the app on their phone (similar to downloading medical reporting software). In case of infection, this software will provide information collected, stored on: time, duration, contact distance (less than 2 m) of associated persons. According to the Ministry of Health, this software should be implemented from today (27.7), in the immediate future in Da Nang and gradually extended to other provinces and cities. Info HERE

 

People returning from Da Nang during the 14 days must declare it to medical staff

People who left Danang from July 12, 2020, must make a medical declaration, contact a doctor, practice self-isolation by wearing masks, apply personal hygiene measures, limit contact with people, avoid crowded places, and monitor their health for 14 days. Info HERE

 

Eight additional inspection missions set up at the borders

On July 26, the border guard high command set up eight additional inspection missions at the Lang Son, Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Quang Ninh, An Giang and Tay Ninh borders to step up control of borders and surrounding paths to stop all illegal entry and exit. Info HERE

 

Chinese national arrested for illegally bringing foreigners to Vietnam

A Chinese was arrested in Da Nang city to illegally bring foreigners to Vietnam, confirmed Major General Vu Xuan Vien, director of the Da Nang Municipal Police Department. Info HERE

 

Vietnam finds more Chinese who illegally entered Vietnam on Monday morning

According to the commander of Highway Traffic Police, all of them were founded in a car, plate number 60A-57510, controlled by Nguyen Trinh Van Hung, who was born in 1972, residing in Khanh Hoa province. When they were on the way to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to fly to Ho Chi Minh City before being arrested by the task force. Info HERE

 

Vietnam suspends domestic football over coronavirus concerns

In response, to the recent COVID 19 case in Danang, Vietnam Professional Football (VPF) announced that all domestic football leagues have been suspended. Info HERE

 

 

 

 

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