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As in other SE Asian countries, Vietnam is experiencing a 4th wave of covid19. Vaccines are coming lately and the government negociated contracts with Astra Zeneca to start vaccination campaigns. (Poor Vietnamese people. They must deal with AZ !). 

 

Here is a a press release from BBC Vietnam dealing with new decisions. It confirms what Daisy told me about a lock down starting tomorrow for the next 2 weeks. 

Covid-19: TPHCM giãn cách xã hội 15 ngày - BBC News Tiếng Việt

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Covid-19: Ho Chi Minh City social distancing 15 days
May 30, 2021, 10:59 +07

From 0h on May 31, HCMC will apply Directive 15, social distancing for the whole city, particularly Go Vap District blockaded under Directive 16 within 15 days.

Chairman of HCMC People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong directed social distancing throughout the city under directive 15.

Blockade, quarantine nearly 50 points
In the complicated situation of the epidemic, Ho Chi Minh City implements blockade, isolation and supervision in general up to 50 points.

Specifically, there are 4 blockaded places where the person there must be quarantined such as:

* 6th Floor, Concentrix Building, Quang Trung Software City, District 12;

* Renaissance Missionary Church, Nguyen Van Cong, Go Vap District;
* Thien Tu Investment and Service Investment Co., Ltd. (4th floor, No. 1 Hoang Viet Building, Tan Binh District, as of May 17);
* IDS Vision Solution Development Co., Ltd., 67 T4A Street, Tay Thanh Ward, Tan Phu District, from May 19.
In addition, there are 46 points of blockade, isolation and monitoring of home isolation in 12 districts and Thu Duc city. The most are Go Vap and Tan Phu District

This morning, Mr. Phong emphasized that the citywide application gap will start from 0h on May 31. Accordingly, 10 people were not gathered, but he suggested that the research health sector must be concentrated in less than 5 people.

Particularly for Go Vap district and Thanh Loc ward (District 12), from 0h on May 31, apply the distance according to directive 16. Accordingly, the house is spaced from the house, the neighborhood is spaced from the neighborhood, the ward is spaced.

Chairman of hcmc People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong also agreed to propose to move the exam to public grade 10 until new notice.

Also this morning, the Police Department of Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City said that the decision to prosecute the criminal case for "Spreading dangerous infectious diseases to humans" occurred at the Renaissance Missionary Church. , including HCMC, Long An, Tay Ninh and Bac Lieu.

New indian and British hybrid variants
Vietnamese officials said a Covid variants appeared to be a combination of the Indian and British strains and spread quickly through the air.

On Saturday, Vietnam's Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long described this latest model as "very dangerous."

Viruses are always variable, and most variants are not so important, but some can make them more contagious.

Since Covid-19 was first confirmed in January 2020, thousands of mutations have been detected.

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"Vietnam has discovered a new Covid-19 variants that combine the characteristics of the two variants that were first found in India and the UK," Mr. Long said at a government meeting, according to the Reuters news agency.

VnExpress newspaper reported that Mr. Long said this new hybrid is more contagious than previously known, especially through air. He said the variants were discovered after testing on new patients.

He added that the virus's genetic code would be published soon.

According to experts, a variants of Covid-19 first identified in India last October – known as B.1.617.2 – are more likely to be transmitted than the British one – also known as B.1.1.7.

Studies show that vaccines, such as those of Pfizer and AstraZeneca, are highly effective against the Indian strain after two injections, but if only one shot is given, it seems to reduce the effectiveness.

There is no evidence that any strain of coronavirus causes more serious illness for the vast majority of people.

With the original version, the danger is still highest in the elderly group or has a serious health condition or background disease.

However, a virus that is more contagious and equally dangerous will cause more deaths for an unsmunicated population.

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Vietnam has had a spike in covid-19 cases in recent weeks. The country has recorded more than 6,908 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Of those, more than half have been recorded since the end of April this year.

According to Data from Johns Hopkins University, Vietnam has had 47 Covid-related deaths.

The Ministry of Health's May 30 morning news reported that there were 52 more cases of Covid-19 in the country, 35 cases in Bac Giang alone. In HCMC, out of 10 cases, there are 8 cases related to the Renaissance Church.

Newer data from the Center for Disease Control in Ho Chi Minh City (HCDC) in the morning of the same day said that this locality has only had 40 more positive cases related to the Renaissance Missionary Church, i.e. a total of 48 cases since the previous evening.

Desperately searching for vaccines
The severe epidemic situation and the extent of the spread are virtually in remission, making the Vietnamese government seem to be adjusting its anti-epidemic strategy. Previously, the main method implemented under Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was to detect, trace and isolate to isolate and zone the epidemic point. And the current strategy is shifting towards rapidly increasing the pace of vaccination to create community immunity.

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Covid-19: Vn consults dozens of serious cases, urgently buys vaccines

On the morning of May 29, Prime Minister Pham Minh Main convened a nationwide online conference to discuss combating the Covid-19 epidemic. Here, the Prime Minister emphasized that he will use all measures of the government, businesses and people to find vaccines as well as accelerate research into vaccine production in the country.

Previously, the importation of Covid-19 vaccine was directly negotiated by the government and an enterprise, VNVC, was authorized to import and supply. However, with the new direction, there may be more enterprises involved in vaccine import activities, increasing the chances of Vietnam buying foreign vaccines to inject people.

Currently, vaccination is considered a weakness in the fight against Covid-19 in Vietnam, with the number of people receiving one-time injections is just over 1 million, while the number of people who have been given enough twice is much lower.

In the context of delayed entry and vaccination, on the morning of May 29, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long still said that Vietnam's goal is to create community immunity in 2021.

"To date, Vietnam has signed and committed more than 100 million doses of vaccines to inject 70% of the population aged 18 years and older and is working to buy an additional 40 million doses to achieve the target," Thanh Nien Newspaper quoted Mr. Long as saying.

 

Translation by MSEdge
 
The most worrying seems to be a new strain, a "Vietnamese strain" of Covid19 that is an hybrid of British and Indian strains. I read information about vaccination campaigns in some locations in the north of Vietnam. I don't know what vaccine they use and what is the the vaccination strategy. It seems that priority is given to factory workers in areas where the Ministry of Health identifierd clusters (ie Bắc Ninh, 45 km - 27 SM north east of Hanoi.). 
The above is the press realease that fits at most with news that Daisy transmitted me today. 
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