On the night of Jan. 27, Quang Ninh recorded one of Vietnam's first Covid-19 community transmissions in nearly two months: a man who works at Van Don International Airport. The man, eventually designated "Patient 1553", was taken to Hanoi's National Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment. Those who had been in contact with the patient were quarantined at the No. 2 field hospital in Ha Long, with dozens of cases subsequently confirmed infected. Every morning, doctors and nurses at the field hospital convened with peers across the country through a telehealth system to help diagnose and treat Covid-19 patients. The hospital has 250 beds, along with state-of-the-art equipment for receiving, diagnosing and treating Covid-19 patients and suspected cases. Over 100 medical workers and other employees are working at the hospital. Doctors treat Covid-19 patients twice a day while wearing protective suits. Nurse Nguyen Khac Sang, 34, has become a barber during his time at the … [Read more...] about Doctors, nurses at Quang Ninh field hospital go all out in Covid-19 fight
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There’s nothing worse than a smug so-and-so telling me jokes about how cold it is. I hope they get murdered by a snowman. I hate it when foreigners say, ‘Oh, I’m used to it! I’m from (somewhere unspeakably cold and remote).’ Well! Good for you! Go stand up outside for an hour or so and let me know when to put the snow chains on the motorbike. Among my Western friends in Hoi An, the Irish think this is as cold as back home. The Canadians can’t see what all the fuss is about. The Australians are shocked twice over; once because they can’t get home and twice because they believe they are freezing to death as well. The Europeans are laughing and calling us all snowflakes and wimps. While the weather lately hasn’t been quite like that of Siberia, it has been chilly enough to break local weather records going back nearly forty years here in Vietnam. Sure, it’s winter and all but this is supposed to be the tropics. Fashionwise, natives have reacted by dressing for tea parties at the … [Read more...] about Is it cold enough for you in Vietnam?
The hills in the Central Highlands of Vietnam are beckoning, most notably Da Lat, ‘The City of Eternal Spring,’ one of the great gems in this world. The city is still a small blip on the global travel radar, and although many wish it would stay that way, it grows in popularity each year. Da Lat (the Vietnamese language uses two words, while in foreign languages it’s usually combined into one word – ‘Dalat’) definitely lives up to its ‘Eternal Spring’ moniker, except for the odd overnight drop in temperature to below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the dead of ‘winter,’ and occasional hot spells in summer when it hits 30 degrees (87 Fahrenheit). I’ve never seen an air conditioner in Da Lat, though there must be some in fancier hotels and offices, with space heaters being a bit more common. That’s how consistently mild the weather is. The 100-kilometer (62-mile) distance from the coast is a big advantage, inasmuch as storms during the monsoon season from July to … [Read more...] about Head for the hills in Vietnam’s Da Lat
Wealthy Vietnamese turn their backs on 'boring' Tet for overseas travel Droves of families are escaping the usual rigmarole for a more exotic Lunar New Year. Vietnam enjoys fastest wealth growth in the world: report Much of that growth is due to the surge in super rich individuals living in the country. Vietnamese underground: An incomplete list of independent music artists From post-punk to electronica, check out some homegrown alt music artists you might not have heard of. Top Vietnamese taxi company sues Grab for $1.84 mln in losses The ride-hailing firm says that if Vinasun wants compensation, it should file a suit against the Ministry of Transport instead. US encourages Vietnam to buy more of its weapons, diversify from Russia: report Most of Vietnam's military aircraft and all of its submarines were provided by Russia. … [Read more...] about Weekly roundup: Vietnam’s indie music scene, zipline in cave kingdom, how the rich spend Tet and more
Doctors in South Korea have threatened a protest strike against legislation to strip them of licences following criminal convictions, sparking fears about possible disruption of a coronavirus vaccination effort set to begin this week. Healthcare workers are set to receive the first batch of AstraZeneca’s vaccine from Friday, as South Korea looks to protect 10 million high-risk people by July, on its way to reaching herd immunity by November. But over the weekend, the Korean Medical Association (KMA), the largest grouping of doctors, said it would go on strike if parliament passed the bill to revoke the licences of doctors getting jail terms. “The bill might result in ordinary, innocent doctors being stripped of their licences and falling into hell because of an accident that has nothing to do with their job, or lack of legal knowledge,” spokesman Kim Dae-ha said in a statement on Monday. Association president Choi Dae-zip has called the bill “cruel”, saying its passage into … [Read more...] about Strike threat by South Korean doctors fans fears of vaccine rollout disruption