TOKYO: Olympic host city Tokyo recorded 3,177 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Jul 28), authorities announced, hitting a daily record high for a second straight day as a spike in infections puts pressure on hospitals. The rise - up from 2,848 on Tuesday - will add to worries about the Games, which are taking place under unprecedented conditions including a ban on spectators in most venues. The surge also spells trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose support ratings are at their lowest since he took office last September, ahead of a ruling party leadership race and a general election this year. Governors of three prefectures near Tokyo will ask the government to declare states of emergency for their regions as early as Thursday, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who leads Japan's COVID-19 response, told a parliamentary panel. Speaking before Tokyo's latest numbers were announced, he said cases were expected to rise in coming days, as testing may have been … [Read more...] about Olympic host Tokyo’s COVID-19 daily cases rise to 3,177, second straight record
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Some 248 out of 800 workers staying at the facility of a woodworking company in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong in accordance with social distancing requirements contracted the coronavirus, authorities confirmed on Tuesday. All of the 248 patients at Long Viet Veneer Technology Joint Stock Company in Di An City, Binh Duong Province were already taken to hospital for treatment while 40 direct contacts were sent to centralized quarantine facilities. Long Viet was among companies in the southern province that have carried out the ‘three-on-the-spot’ mechanism, in which enterprises and employees must conduct production, have meals, and rest after work at the same place. The company detected the 248 infections about ten days after applying the model. “The number of infected cases is so large that we cannot manage them by ourselves anymore,” the company said in a document calling for immediate action from local authorities. Currently, only 300 out of its more than … [Read more...] about 248 workers following ‘three-on-the-spot’ implementation infected with coronavirus at Vietnamese company
A man has been fined after he was caught on camera spitting and throwing away his face mask inside the elevator of an apartment building in Hanoi. An official from the People’s Committee in Yen Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday afternoon that the administration had imposed a VND4 million (US$174) on Hoang Van B., 31. B. was charged for failure to wear a face mask in public and failure to dispose of his used face mask properly. The man was summoned to the ward-level police station earlier the same day for a working session, during which he admitted to his wrongdoings. B. also had his samples collected for COVID-19 testing. “If he tests positive for the novel coronavirus, we will consider charging him criminally,” the official said. At around 10:30 am on Tuesday, B. and two other men walked into an elevator inside Home City Apartment Complex, situated in Yen Hoa Ward. The two men were wearing face masks, while B. was … [Read more...] about Hanoi man fined for spitting, throwing away face mask inside condo building elevator
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City imposed a daily outdoor travel ban from Monday, requiring all residents to stay indoors between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am and only allowing a few cases to go outside. In a document issued on Monday, the municipal People’s Committee required citizens not to go outside from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am the next day. Shops and business establishments must also close during these hours. The restriction, aimed at minimizing traffic density on local streets, is one of the stringent measures the city has recently taken to fight against the serious COVID-19 outbreak. During the outdoor travel restriction, people are only allowed to leave their houses for emergency medical services. Those participating in pandemic prevention and control efforts, as well as reporters, sanitation workers, and people in charge of troubleshooting problems related to electricity, water, telecom systems and technical infrastructure are exempt from the ban. Vehicles transporting essential … [Read more...] about Who are allowed to leave home during outdoor travel restrictions in Ho Chi Minh City?
Vietnam accounted for three out of the top five projects honored at the Social Business Creation 2021 competition, its organizers announced on Monday. Along with Vietnam, Mexico and Argentina each had one project highlighted at the competition, which was organized by HEC Montréal, a public Canadian business school, and Professor Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner. These five projects have been awarded the 'Impactful Social Innovative Concepts' prize. Among Vietnam’s three winners, 'Nanoneem' is a research project on herbal-based biopesticides for green agriculture, aimed at serving forest preservation and supporting communities in remote areas. The project, which got the highest mark in the competition’s seminal round, at 91 out of the 100 marks, is developed by Dr. Duong Nguyen Hong Nhung, a lecturer at the biotechnology faculty of International University in Ho Chi Minh City, her students, and some other students from the Foreign Trade University in the same … [Read more...] about Three Vietnamese projects earn awards at ‘Social Business Creation 2021’ contest