Reuters features Vietnamese newborn face shield in its “Pictures of the year”
|Phuc An in protective shield. Photo: Reuters|
Reuters has named a photo of Phuc An, a a13-day-old Vietnamese infant wearing a protective shield as he awaits vaccination, as one of its top images of 2020.
The news agency’s ‘Pictures of the year’ collection includes several categories such as natural disasters, environment, protests, life under coronavirus lockdown, animals, landscapes, and others, VnExpress said.
Phuc An’s photo has been included in the ‘life under coronavirus lockdown’ category, with a caption saying "Newborn baby Phuc An, wearing a protective face shield before leaving home for his vaccination, in Hanoi, Vietnam April 13, 2020. Phuc An was born at Vinmec hospital in Hanoi on April 1, when the Southeast Asian country started strict restrictions on movement."
On April 1, the day he was born, the whole country began social distancing for 15 days after the infection tally crossed 200.
The collection has a total of 85 photos depicting people from many walks of life in various countries who go about their daily activities, mostly with masks, protective shields, even a salad spinner bowl.
Earlier this month, Reuters said “with its usually strict quarantine and tracking measures, Vietnam has managed to quickly contain its coronavirus outbreaks, allowing it to resume its economic activities earlier than much of Asia.”
|As many as 16,226 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-regions are currently quarantined across the country. Photo: VNA|
Vietnam recorded 12 new imported COVID-19 cases on December 24 evening, raising the total number of infections in the country to 1,433.
The new patients included a South African expert who transited in Doha, Qatar, on flight QR976 and arrived at Noi Bai International Airport on December 19, said the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Seven of them are Vietnamese citizens returning home from the US, including six transited in the Republic of Korea and one transited in Japan. They arrived at Noi Bai International Airport and Da Nang International Airport on December 22 and 6, respectively.
The four others are also Vietnamese citizens who returned home from the UK on December 22.
All of the infected people have been quarantined upon their arrival, posing no risk of transmission to the community.
According to the subcommittee for treatment, a total of 1,281 patients have been successfully treated to date, while the number of deaths related to the disease was still kept at 35.
Among the active patients undergoing treatment nationwide, six tested negative for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 once, 10 twice and four thrice.
As many as 16,226 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-regions are currently quarantined across the country, including 168 in hospitals, 15,056 in state-designated establishments and the remaining at their residences, VNA said./.
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