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Foreigners in Vietnam join hands to fight COVID-19

09:52 | 19/08/2020

Numerous foreigners in Vietnam have joined hands with the local residents in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic since the virus resurgence emerged in Vietnam.

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Wayne Worrell, 54, a British teacher living and working in Vietnam for more than 10 years, and some of his friends decided to launch a campaign to present free face masks to others to help raise awareness about protecting their health as well as the health of the entire community, according to VNA.

He recalled that when Hanoi detected its first COVID-19 case, he walked around the streets and recognized that some people did not wear face masks. He thought he had to do something to raise public consciousness.

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The collage made by Wayne Worrell and his friends Photo courtesy of Worrell

Worrell and his friends, including Vietnamese and foreigners, made a collage including small pictures showing them wearing face masks to convey a message of how important face masks are.

After the campaign has been garnered a stir of social media attention, he thought of other practical measures to adopt, and then contacted medical equipment providers to express his idea of distributing face masks in the community.

Hoang Thi Nhu Phuong from the P&U Vietnam Joint Stock Company, the free masks supplier for Mr. Worrell's campaign said after hearing his initiative, the company decided to provide thousands of face masks to fight COVID-19.

foreigners in vietnam join hands to fight covid 19
Wayne Worrell presents face mask to a woman Photo: VNA

On the first day of the campaign, Worrell and his friends go around the capital and present nearly 300 masks to hundreds of people, reminding them about the necessity of wearing masks when venturing outside.

Le Trung Dung, living in Hanoi, a member of the campaign said that the participation of foreigners is of great significance in fostering solidarity to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

Daina Raiskuma, Latvian nationality, owner of a coffee shop in Hanoi also said the campaign is extremely meaningful, adding that "no matter who you are, where you come from, as long as we are united, small efforts will make a big difference."

Worrell said he and his friends will continue their campaign with the hope that all local people and foreign nationals living Vietnam will come together and join hands in the fight against the epidemic.

During the pandemic, foreigners in Vietnam also actively joined hands helping the country to fight Covid-19.

In April, when the social distancing were adopted to quell the spread of Covid-19, many people fell into unemployment, some Vietnamese volunteers stood up and raise the donation model such as Free Rice ATM or "zero-dong" market, which also witnessed the donations of foreign nationals.

According to a report on Thanh Nien newspaper, Dmitry Eroshenko (Russian nationality), residing in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province had used his savings to buy 300 kilograms of rice, then transported this quantity to a ‘Rice ATM’ machine in Phan Thiet city to support those who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.

Dmitry Eroshenko said, as catching sight of local residents receiving rice from ‘Rice ATM’, he decided to used his family’s savings to donate this program.

Rafael Masters, a British national who has been living in Vietnam for nearly 11 years, is a co-founder of Vulcan Augmetics, a start-up that produces affordable prosthetics so that amputees in developing countries can participate in the workforce.

Masters used Vulcan Augmetics as a platform to connect 3D creators and designers with healthcare professionals in Vietnam in order to collaborate on the production of much-needed medical equipment for local hospitals.

Despite the difficulties, some other foreigners also held free online classes and masks for the locals to overcome the pandemic.

As of August 19, Vietnam has reported 989 COVID-19 cases, 438 active. The country's pandemic death toll is 25, with all patients suffering various comorbidities.
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