Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (Feb 26): Vietnam considers reopening repatriation flights
9 cases to log in the last 24 hours
Eight cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 12 hours to 6 pm February 25, including seven locally-infected cases in the northern province of Hai Duong, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Meanwhile, on the morning of February 26, 1 imported case was reported in concentrated isolation in Tay Ninh.
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Vietnam considers reopening repatriation flights
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with relevant ministries, sectors, localities, and offices to make plans to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in a safe manner based on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and the country, especially the domestic quarantine capacity, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.
She made the statement on February 25 when responding to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s plan to reopen repatriation flights, after the Vietnamese Government suspended flights bringing Vietnamese people back home in late January, given the appearance of new variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, new outbreaks in many countries, and complicated developments of the pandemic in Vietnam.
She informed that recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factors about the resumption of commercial flights. Several partners have expressed their wish to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, and Vietnam’s aviation agencies are considering and discussing specific procedures and dates, she added.
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No karaoke, bars, gyms as HCMC resumes non-essential services
HCMC will allow most non-essential services except bars, dance clubs, karaoke parlors, gyms, and pool table services to resume starting March 1. The decision was made Thursday by the city Vice-Chairman Duong Anh Duc after the southern metropolis went 14 days without any Covid-19 community transmission.
Under the latest decision, wedding centers, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places of recreation would reopen next Monday. Tourism activities, transportation, catering services, shopping centers, museums, historical relics, and libraries are also allowed to reopen but must ensure a minimum distance of one meter between two people. Catering establishments are banned from accommodating more than 30 people. City authorities have also allowed the organization of religious events but gatherings of more than 50 people at a time are banned.
Vietnam's largest city has shut down all non-essential services since Feb. after recording a series of community transmissions linked to a cluster at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
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Hanoi and Hai Phong allowed to buy Covid-19 vaccine
The Prime Minister agreed with the proposals of some localities such as Hanoi, Hai Phong ... on the purchase of the Covid-19 vaccine in a socialized method. Vaccination should be organized quickly, first for those in priority. On the afternoon of February 25, the Government Office announced the above direction of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Vietnam is expected to obtain 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from foreign and domestic sources by 2022, said the Ministry of Health. The vaccines would come from British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, global vaccine access mechanism Covax, and other domestic producers. The reception schedule and number of doses received were reported by the National Steering Committee on Covid-19 Prevention and Control to the government Wednesday.
Four indigenous vaccines are under development by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals, Vaccine and Biological Production Company No. 1, and the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals. Vietnam earlier said it was stepping up negotiations with the U.S.'s Pfizer and Moderna, along with other vaccine manufacturers in Russia and some other countries to ensure it can get a total of 150 million doses to cover 70 percent of its 98-million population this year.
The national tally increased to 2,421, with 827 domestic infections since January 27. Nine provinces have recorded no new cases for 14 days or more. The number of recovered patients increased to 1,804, while the death toll remains at 35.
Among those who are still under treatment, 62 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 57 twice and 77 thrice. More than 76,500 people are still being quarantined across the country.
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