23 COVID-19 PATIENTS IN VIETNAM ARE IN STABLE CONDITION
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said on the morning of March 12 that all Covid-19 patients don’t have to use mechanical ventilation or supportive measures. The patients’ images, reports, test and screening results are displayed online, helping experts assess their current health condition and provide treatment advice. There were patients need oxygen assistance, some patients show pneumonia symptoms, but the doctors manage to control it. Most patients are in good condition.
VIETNAM DENIES ENTRY TO A CRUISE SHIP WITH ITALIANS
The Silver Spirit ship, sailing under the flag of the Bahamas, asked for permission to dock at Ho Chi Minh City’s port on March 13, 2020. It reportedly has 826 people on board, including a crew of 403 and 423 passengers, including several foreigners. The ship owner, captain and deputy captain are Italians. According to the schedule, the tourists on the cruise ship will visit Ho Chi Minh City and other tourist destinations.
However, following the recommendation by the city’s health department as passengers on the ship were from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks, including the hotspot Italy, the HCMC People's Committee did not allowed the vessel to enter the city or dock at its port. Responding to the refusal of the city’s committee, the captain decided to head to another destination at the end of March 12.
BANKNOTES MUST BE SPRAYED WITH DISINFECTANT TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
The State Bank of Vietnam orders its provincial and municipal branches to disinfect transaction areas as well as to sterilize old notes delivered from credit institutions and treasuries. All credit institutions must now literally launder their cash and spray it with disinfectant, then store it for a certain time before releasing it to customers, depending on their own financial balance ability.
HOI AN SUSPENDS SALE OF SIGHTSEEING TICKETS TO OLD QUARTER AND WALKING STREETS
With the agreement of the People's Committee of Quang Nam Province, Hoi An ancient town have temporarily suspended the sale of sightseeing tickets to the old quarter area as of March 12, whilst also halting the opening of walking streets until the end of March. Hoi An will prepare well conditions to welcome guests back after this time.
Based on the disease developments, the locality will announce the reopening of tourism activities to ensure safety for locals and tourists. Earlier, Hoi An temporarily stopped welcoming visitors to Cu Lao Cham isle, Bay Mau coconut forest, Thanh Ha ceremics village and Tra Que vegetable village.
HANOI SUPPORTS 100,000 VND/DAY FOR ISOLATED PEOPLE
All of the people isolated in the hospitals, concentration areas or their own houses will be supported of 100,000 VND/person/day, regardless of whether they are Vietnamese or foreigners. The Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee also stated that all the testing costs are covered by the city
The city also recommends that citizens should wear facemasks in public. All bus doors must be opened to ensure air ventilation.
HCMC ESTABLISHED MORE 2 CENTRAL DISCUSSION AREAS
People's Committee in HCMC has just decided to establish 2 more isolation centers in Nha Be and Cu Chi districts to prevent and combat SARS-CoV-2 virus disease. These two new isolated centers will be located at the headquarters of Regiment 10, Phu Xuan commune, Nha Be district and headquarters of zone C, Military School of Ho Chi Minh City, Nhuan Duc commune, Cu Chi district.
SOUTH KOREA DEVELOPED QUICK DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR COVID-19
A South Korean research team developed the "Easydoc" application to shorten the time to diagnose infections with SARS-CoV-2 virus to reduce the risk of infection.
The "Easydoc" application will give advice based on the answered questionnaire at "Drive-thru" test centers - where suspected people can be tested without getting out of their vehicles. The application supports English, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese.
BEIJING SAYS ALL INTERNATIONAL VISITORS MUST AGREE TO 14-DAY SELF-QUARANTINE
All international travellers entering Beijing must quarantine themselves for 14 days, authorities said after 19 imported cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Chinese capital, threatening the country's progress in combating the pandemic.
Beijing government said that even those landing from “non-epidemic countries” will need to go into a 14-day quarantine. Travelers arriving in Beijing for business trips must stay in a designated hotel and undergo a nucleic acid test for the virus.
People flying into Beijing Capital International Airport from high-risk countries are now handled separately from other arrivals. Flights from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan will arrive at a designated area of the terminal.
CHINA SENDS MEDICAL AID TO SPAIN AND ITALY
The Chinese Embassy in Madrid (Spain) on March 12 issued a statement saying that China sent a consignment of medical supplies, including 1.8 million masks, to help Italy and Spain contain the coronavirus. A Spanish government source told Reuters that China had offered to help Spain in its efforts to tackle the growing coronavirus outbreak.
PHILIPPINES LOCKS DOWN MANILA TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on March 12 announced a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila.
At the same time, the President also launched of community quarantine measures in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2.
President Duterte approved a resolution to allow a raft of containment measures including bans on mass gatherings, a month of school closure and quarantining in communities where infection cases are detected, and stopping domestic travel in and out of Manila.
FIRST KNOWN PATIENT IN PACIFIC ISLANDS INFECTED
A French Polynesia’s representative in the French National Assembly was has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the Pacific islands. She is now quarantining at home and her symptoms are not severe.
On February 26, the politician met French Finance Minister Franck Riester, who was later confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Several world leaders have to be tested and go into isolation
On the morning of March 13, Reuters reported that PM's office released a statement confirming that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is in good health has no symptoms but will be in isolation for 14 days.
Spain's Equality Minister, Irene Montero, has tested positive for coronavirus and has been quarantined with her partner, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias. On March 12, all members of the government will undergo testing; including the Spanish Royal Family as Queen Letizia of Spain recently met Montero.
Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on foreign policy, was quarantined after being infected with the new coronavirus, the Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on March 12.
On 11 March Iranian media also revealed a list of more than 20 officials who infected with coronavirus or died from the disease, including Iran's First Vice President and Tourism Minister.
In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte was tested for nCoV on March 12, after three ministers in his cabinet and two congressmen were infected.
A Philippine diplomat in New York has tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first recorded case at United Nations headquarters in the city. The diplomat, who had last visited the UN on March 9, showed symptoms of flu the following day. All Philippine personnel are instructed to self-quarantine.
The diplomat works at the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee, where about 3,000 people are employed.
SEVERAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES CLOSE SCHOOLS
France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium all ordered to close schools on March 12 amid the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.
Belgium's government ordered schools, cafes, restaurants and some shops to close from March 13 to April 3. The Belgian government said there would be no lockdown. Supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open.
"We want to avoid the Italian situation and avoid lockdowns," said Belgium's PM Sophie Wilmes.
Portugal's PM Antonio Costa ordered the shutdown all schools nationwide to contain the coronavirus epidemic until further evaluation on April 9. The government previously ordered to postpone holding social gatherings of more than 1,000 people in enclosed spaces and more than 5,000 people in open spaces as an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
MORE THAN 20 US STATES DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY; NEW YORK BANS ON GATHERINGS OF 500 PEOPLE
The Covid-19 outbreak continues to spread and complicated in the US. More than 20 US states have declared a state of emergency because of Covid-19, including Michigan, Vermon, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, Rhode Island, New. Jersey, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Hawaii, Maryland, California, Florida, Washington.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 12 a statewide ban on gatherings of 500 people as an effort to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus. This ban will be adjusted every day based on the actual situation.
Cuomo explained in further detail that the ban only applied to “congregant spaces”. An office building that fits more than 500 people would not be subject to the rule, but a single open-plan office space that fits 500 people would.
Meanwhile in neighboring New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy calls for cancellation of all public events over 250 people, according to Reuters.