VIETNAM HALTS ENTRY TO ALL FOREIGNERS AND OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE
At the meeting on March 21 of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the PM has decided to temporarily suspend entry of all foreigners since March 22, 2020.
For those entering Viet Nam for diplomatic and official purposes, for participation in major diplomatic events, or being experts, business managers, highly skilled workers, the authorities shall issue visa if necessary. Entrants mentioned in the above paragraph shall be subject to mandatory medical declaration and other effective regulations at designated areas at ports of entry and shall have to isolate themselves at places of residence as currently regulated.
Temporary suspension of entry shall also be applied to all overseas Vietnamese and their spouses and children who have been granted with certificate of visa exemption, also effective since March 22.
The PM asked for prompt and maximum cuts of incoming passenger flights, including those of foreign airlines, in a bid to avoid overload pressure on quarantine facilities. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall direct overseas Vietnamese representatives to advise overseas Vietnamese (students, students, workers, residents) not to return home at this time and strictly follow recommendations, instructions and fully abide by the regulations on the pandemic prevention and control of the host countries.
TWO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS IN VIETNAM TESTED NEGATIVE TWICE
The 24th and 27th patients, both Brits, being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, tested negative twice, according to information published by the Ministry of Health on the afternoon of March 21.
The two patients were British tourists on the flight VN54 with the 17th patient. Both were tested positive after arriving in Quang Ninh, they were treated at Quang Ninh General Hospital then transferred to the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital 2 in Hanoi.
About the general health condition of patients, the Ministry of Health said most of them were stable, showed no signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath and had normal chest X-ray. Some patients showing signs of pneumonia in their chest X-ray were treated in accordance to the pneumonia regimen.
HANOI HAS REVIEWED TREVELERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ISOLATED SINCE MARCH 7
The Hanoi People's Committee on March 21 issued Document No. 948 on the review and isolation of travelers who have not been isolated since March 7, 2020.
Accordingly, in order to prevent the virus spread and minimize the number of cases and deaths due to the pandemic in Hanoi, the People's Committee requires the heads of districts, communes, wards and townships shall review and make a list of all people entering Vietnam who have not been isolated since March 7, 2020 to organize the isolation.
CAN GIO RESORT RECEIVES ISOLATED GUESTS, FREE OF CHARGE
Located along the coast of Long Hoa Commune, Can Gio District, 60 km from Tan Son Nhat Airport, Phuong Nam Resort, in the area of 3 ha with 71 rooms, began receiving suspected people of nCoV infection in concentrated isolation from the afternoon of March 19.
Along with 8 other accommodation facilities in Ho Chi Minh City, the resort is supporting 71 rooms with nearly 200 beds for isolated guests. "When I handed over the entire facilities to the city as a quarantine center, I did not hesitate at all. When the pandemic happens, saving people is the first priority," said Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Director of the resort.
HCMC Department of Tourism continues to mobilize accommodation establishments in the area to provide pay-to-stay service for isolated people, in contribution to the preparation of facilities and human resources to combat Covid-19. At the same time, this department also coordinates with the Department of Health to unify the process of bringing isolated guests at these facilities.
GERMANY TIGHTENS RESTRICTIONS TO CONTROL CORONAVIRUS
Germany is currently the third most infected country in Europe, after Italy and Spain, with more than 22,000 infections and 83 deaths of SARS-CoV-2.
The curfew which was installed all over Bayern since March 21; people should remain inside unless traveling to work, the doctor or the supermarket. Walks and exercise outdoors are generally allowed, but only individually or in small family groups.
Meanwhile other German states have tightened restrictions such as closing all restaurants and banning mass gatherings in public. Berlin has closed all restaurants since March 21; banned gathering of more than 10 people and banned outsiders in the cafeteria of factories (except for purchase to takeaway).
Some cities in the (most severely affected) state of Nordrhein-Westfalen such as Köln, Leverkusen, Dortmund and Bochum Street only allow two people together in public places, except for family members or people living together. Those who violate the regulations will be severely punished.
THE FRENCH PARLIAMENT APPROVED A HEALTH EMERGENCY BILL
The French parliament on March 21 approved a health emergency bill that would allow the Government to reduce private liberties such as confinement and requisitions for 2 months to fight against a sanitary disaster.
On the same day, the French Defense Ministry said the 30-bed military field hospital in Mulhouse was scheduled to go into operation early next week. The medical staff here is about 100 people.
TURKEY, GUATEMALA AND KUWAIT IMPOSED CURFEW
Turkey imposed a partial curfew on March 21 for citizens over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases, effective as of midnight, as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak. Details of the curfew would be announced later, the interior ministry said in a statement.
Similarly, Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei on March 21 ordered an eight-day curfew starting on March 22.
Kuwait will impose a partial curfew that would start as of March 22 from 5:00 pm until 4:00 am the following day. The Kuwaiti cabinet has decided to extend the suspension of work in all ministries and state agencies by two additional weeks, as reported by KUNA.
Meanwhile, the UAE and Qatar have announced the closure of public parks and beaches to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The UAE also shuts pools, cinemas and gyms from March 22 for 2 weeks over coronavirus concerns.
THE US AND NETHERLANDS HALTED FLIGHTS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) briefly halted departures from New York and Philadelphia airports after a trainee at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Long Island tested positive for COVID-19. The FAA had to close some sectors of airspace and reroute flights.
Meanwhile, the Dutch government on March 21 said it would halt all passenger flights from Spain to the Netherlands until at least April 4 in an effort to limit the coronavirus outbreak. The government said it would only make an exception for flights to repatriate Dutch people from Spain and for medical staff.
DONALD TRUMP SUGGESTS REUSING MEDICAL MASKS
President Donald Trump on March 21 said during a White House coronavirus briefing that health care workers should sanitize and reuse masks when treating coronavirus patients, rather than "throwing away" masks that are in short supply. "We have very good liquids for doing this, sanitizing the masks, and that's something they're starting to do more and more."
According to CNN, it is unclear which type of mask President Trump was describing, but US Food and Drug Administration guidelines for the common N95 respirator masks state they "should not be shared or reused."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned that hospitals should consult the CDC's guidelines for extended use and limited reuse of N95 masks.
AMAZON STOPS SHIPPING NON-ESSENTIALS TO CONSUMERS IN ITALY AND FRANCE
On March 21, the death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has leapt to 4,825, by far the largest daily rise since the contagion emerged a month ago. The total number of cases in Italy rose to 53,578 from a previous 47,021, an increase of 13.9%.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon will stop shipping non-essential products to consumers in Italy and France, according to an announcement the company published in Chinese on the WeChat social media platform on March 21.
SEVERAL COUNTRIES JOIN CALLS FOR 2020 OLYMPIC DELAY
Many sports were postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, athletes are under tremendous pressure, stress and anxiety for the Tokyo Olympics. “The current context does not allow the 2020 Olympic Games to be organized properly,” the France’s swimming federation said after a videoconference of Olympic Committee.
Earlier, its US counterpart also urged the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to back a postponement.
On March 20, the Olympic and Paralympic Committee made the request in a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach asking to postpone the 2020 Olympic. The president of the Slovenian Olympic Committee, Bogdan Gabrovec, also agreed. “Olympic Games cannot be held in July in line with the Olympic principle,” he told the national news agency STA. “There would be nothing wrong with holding the games in 2021, by then conditions will calm down.”
The IOC said earlier this week that only about 57% of athletes have qualified. While maintaining its position that it is still too early to decide whether or not to postpone the Olympics, Bach acknowledged that the IOC is “considering different scenarios” for the Tokyo Games.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.