JAPANESE PASSENGER TRANSITING IN TAN SON NHAT AIRPORT TESTS COVID-19 POSITIVE
A Japanese passenger, who boarded on the VN340 flight from HCMC to Nagoya (Japan) on March 3, showed symptoms of high fever and tested positive for Covid-19, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control cited information from the Japanese Quarantine Agency.
Previously, the passenger took the flight operated by Vietnam Airlines from Cambodia’s Siem Reap to HCMC at 22h03 on March 3. 5 other passengers on the flight disembarked in HCMC.
All passengers, crew and staff who had contact with the infected Japanese passenger have been put into quarantine, the quarantine agency in HCMC is coordinating with the Airport Authority and customs agency at Tan Son Nhat Airport to verify the identities and addresses of 5 passengers in VN814 flight who reportedly checked into Vietnam.
PM INSTRUCTS GIVING MAXIMUM ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCTION, BUSINESS AMID COVID-19
To overcome the difficulties, PM Phuc urged ministries and agencies at a meeting on March 3 to immediately work out specific solutions and tasks to help sectors hard hit by COVID-19, particularly trade, finance, services, and import-export.
He required the immediate implementation of credit support packages worth at least 30 trillion VND to support enterprises and the people. The Prime Minister asked the State Bank of Vietnam to direct credit institutions to ensure interest rate stability, exchange rates, foreign currency market, and gold market; supply credit to meet production requirements; cut interest rates to boost business production and ensure system security.
Regarding the finance and the State budget, the PM instructed ministries and departments to urgently propose the exemption and reduction of deferred payment of late payment of fees and charges, including the reduction of time for paying corporate taxes and land rents.
HUNG KINGS’ TEMPLE FESTIVAL CANCELLED OVER COVID-19 CONCERNS
Authorities of Phu Tho have decided to shorten and simplify Hung Kings Commemoration Day - Hung Kings Festival 2020 due to fears of coronavirus. According to the provincial people's committee, only the part of commemoration of the festival will be organized. Meanwhile, other activities such as folk games, traditional music performances, and sports competitions will be cancelled.
The commemoration will include activities such as an incense offering ceremony dedicated to the Hung Kings, a memorial to mark the death of National Father Lac Long Quan and an incense offering ceremony to the National Mother Au Co.
IRAN HAS TEMPORARILY FREED 54,000 PRISONERS AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS
More than 54,000 prisoners across Iran were temporarily released after testing negative for Covid-19, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on March 3. This is one of the efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in crowded jails. Prisoners with long sentences or those deemed dangerous to the public aren’t among those released.
On the same day, Iran confirmed that the head of the country's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Kolivand, was now also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Epidemic outbreaks in the world
According to worldmeters.info, there were a total of 95,481 infected cases and 3,285 deaths in the world as of the morning of March 5.
In the US, there were 2 more deaths and 34 infections, most of them were in Washington, New York, California.
Outbreak continues to spread in Italy, with 587 new infections and 28 new deaths. Currently, all schools and universities in Italy were forced to close until March 15. Europe also reported the first cases in three countries Slovenia, Hungary, and Poland. The number of infections in Spain, Germany, France, England, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands continues to increase.
Africa also reported 11 new cases in Algeria and Senegal.
SOUTH KOREA OFFERS TO AID NORTH KOREA FOR FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS
South Korea's Unification Ministry said on March 3 that it would offers to aid North Korea for fighting coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The draft unified policy issued by the Ministry of the Republic of Korea submitted to President Moon Jae-in's Office stating that healthcare treaty is a focus and will establish joint risk management of the two Korea in areas such as health, natural disasters, forest and environmental issues.
TOKYO OLYMPICS WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE CORONAVIRUS
On March 4, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the country is still preparing to hold the Tokyo Summer Olympics as planned, amid concern the coronavirus could disrupt the event.
Although Tokyo’s Olympic 2020 contract allows it to postpone the Games until the end of the year, Japan’s government and host city Tokyo were still committed to hosting the Games, due to begin on July 24.
WORLD BANK COMMITS 12 BILLION USD TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
The World Bank (WB) announced on March 3 that it is making available an initial package of up to 12 billion USD in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak.
World Bank Group President David Malpass said that its support will prioritize the developing country needs in dealing with the spread of Covid-19. The package will be used to purchase medical equipment or medical services, as well as professional and policy advice costs.
EU ACTIVATES FAST-TRACK DECISION MODE
On the evening of March 2, the European Council announced that had agreed to activate the Union's crisis response mechanism, the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR).
The EU has adopted a faster decision-making process to help coordinate the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and allow non-members like Britain to take part.
This will allow the EU to focus on "important gaps" in its response to the virus disease, and to involve the European Commission to help prepare decisions quickly.