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|The wedding convoy is stopped at a check point in Hai Phong - Ha Long expressway (Photo: Kenh 14)|
On January 28 noon, a wedding convoy heading to Quang Yen commune, Quang Ninh province from Hai Phong city had to detour as the bride’s hometown is cracking down on transportation following report of 13 new COVID-19 cases. The groom and his family were, thus, unable to reach the bride’s house to perform traditional wedding ceremonies, including offering incense at the altar, exchanging wedding gifts, vows and rings, as well as greeting family and friends.
“We had merged the engagement and the wedding ceremony into one over fear of the pandemic, yet we didn’t see this coming. The new cluster comes all of a sudden”, the groom’s mother was quoted by Tin Tuc as saying. “If we enter Quang Ninh now, we couldn’t get out. We must talk to the bride’s family”.
“We don’t know what to do. The pandemic is dangerous. It’s the health safety of us and the community that should be prioritized”, a relative of the groom said.
The couple, however, was lucky enough to receive local authorities’ permission to do simple wedding ceremony right at the checkpoint on Hai Phong – Ha Long expressway. Both families, including important guests only, exchanged wedding gifts in the middle of the expressway. The groom was finally able to pick his life partner home after such an unusual ceremony. The wedding convoy then returned Hai Phong. All the people had their health checked at the checkpoint.
|The couple could finally meet and exchanged wedding gifts right at the check point before heading to the groom's house in Hai Phong city (Photo: Facebook)|
|The car heading back to Hai Phong (Photo: Kenh 14)|
The northern province of Quang Ninh is one of the two new COVID-19 clusters in Vietnam (the remaining is Hai Duong). Both provinces reported a record number of new cases ever since the pandemic broke out in the country. Within just 24 hours, 100 new cases are reported. Quang Ninh alone had 13 new patients, while Hai Duong has 84 positive cases. Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Ha Noi each confirm one case. Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on January 28 asked relevant units to establish three COVID-19 treatment hospitals in the northern province of Hai Duong, where 73 community infection cases were confirmed over the past two days.
Accordingly, the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases is tasked with setting up the first COVID-19 treatment hospital at the Chi Linh Medical Centre. Modern facilities will be transported to this hospital for the establishment of an intensive care unit. Meanwhile, the third hospital will be placed at the Hai Duong sports stadium, receiving all of the equipment used for a similar hospital built at the central city of Da Nang’s Tien Son sports center when the city was hit by a COVID-19 outbreak in July and August last year.
Regarding human resources serving these hospitals, the minister directed experienced medical staff from Da Nang, who engaged in tackling the city’s past outbreak, to go to Hai Duong to offer their support. The Ministry of Health is sparing no effort in curbing the current outbreak with maximum assistance from the central administration, he stressed.
The northern province of Quang Ninh, where a new COVID-19 outbreak has been discovered, has received 10,000 SARS-CoV-2 testing kits worth more than 28,000 USD presented by SunGroup.
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