Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Nov. 16): 8,616 New Cases Reported
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Vietnam records 8,616 new Covid-19 cases on November 15
According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam logged 8,176 new Covid-19 cases, including 13 imported ones, in 57 localities in the past 24 hours to 4 pm on November 15. On the day, the country saw 101 deaths from the disease. A further 1,205 patients were given the all-clear.
Ho Chi Minh City continued to report the highest number of infections with 1,165, followed by An Giang with 660 and Binh Duong with 616. Hanoi capital city documented 239 new cases on the day.
According to the Ministry of Health’s report, 3,950 patients nationwide are in serious conditions, with 368 requiring invasive ventilation and 13 on life support (ECMO).
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Coastal tourism province allows bars to reopen
Bars, dance clubs, karaoke, and massage parlors in the central Khanh Hoa Province are allowed to resume operations from Tuesday after more than six months of closure. The decision came Monday as the province, home to popular beach town Nha Trang, classified its Covid-19 risk as medium. The entertainment businesses are allowed to operate at half of their capacity. Participants must be vaccinated with at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and make an online health declaration before entering the venues.
Conferences, seminars, cultural and art events, festivals, weddings, and religious activities have also been allowed, but with no more than 100 people at a time. Participants are required to have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and ensure distancing.
Previously, Khanh Hoa had resumed domestic tourism, reopened public beaches, allowed students to return to schools, and reopened supermarkets and restaurants. As of Monday, Khanh Hoa has recorded 10,554 Covid-19 cases and 93 deaths, including cases not officially confirmed by the Health Ministry yet. The province has fully vaccinated 96 percent of its adult population.
CAAV proposes full resumption of domestic flights from December
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport increase domestic flights this month, and resume the normal operation of domestic air routes from December. In November, the number of two-way flights on Hanoi-HCM City, Hanoi-Da Nang, and Da Nang-HCM City routes are expected to increase to 19 daily, of which national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and Viejet Air each will operate six flights, Bamboo Airways and Pacific Airlines every three flights, and Vietravel Airlines one.
The agency also proposed adjusting flight frequency on other routes to nine each day, with flights to be performed by the four carriers. The normal flight frequency is set to be resumed from December. In addition, the CAAV said airlines should be allowed to continue providing in-flight services, especially food, to support service suppliers.
According to the agency, between October 21 and November 3, four domestic airlines, except Vietravel Airlines, had restored domestic flights, with a total of 979 round-trip flights carrying 170,200 passengers on 42 domestic air routes. The CAAV has also sent a document to relevant agencies regarding the launch of pilot international flights, under which regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control must be observed at airports.
Quang Nam’s world heritage sites welcome foreign visitors
Two world heritage sites in the central province of Quang Nam – Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary – began to welcome foreign tourists starting November 15. The roadmap to welcome foreign visitors will be rolled out in three phases, with the first one running from now until November 30 and the second one between December 1 and January 31, 2022.
Chairman of the Hoi An People’ Committee Nguyen Van Son said to welcome the visitors, a 50 percent discount is offered for sightseeing tickets to the ancient town and traditional craft villages. All workers at tourist sites have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, he added.
The Director of the My Son Sanctuary’s management board Phan Ho said the site has devised various events and new products to serve tourists. Preventive measures have been in place to ensure visitors’ experience and safety. Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Ngoc Tuong said more than 400 foreign tourists are expected to arrive in the province on November 17-18, signaling the start of the tourism sector's recovery roadmap in the new normal.
As of 6 pm on November 15 Vietnam has confirmed 1,035,138 Covid-19 cases since the start of the first outbreak in January 2020, ranking 38th out of 223 countries and territories worldwide. Of the total, 864,516 patients have been discharged from the hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
Vietnam has also recorded 101 new deaths during the past 24 hours, raising the country’s death toll to 23,183 deaths, making up 2.2% of the total number of infections.
More than 99.7 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 35.3 million people getting their second shot.
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