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The Vietnamese capital on Monday extended COVID-19 restrictions for an additional two weeks, as authorities launched a plan to test up to 1.5 million people for the coronavirus in high-risk areas of the capital to contain rising infections.
The Southeast Asian country has successfully dealt with the virus in most cases of the epidemic, but the virulent delta form has proven more difficult in recent months.
Hanoi, which has ordered people to stay home and halted all non-essential activities since July, has now divided the city into “red”, “orange” and “green” zones based on infection risks.
“Accordingly, people in red zones should take shelter, and one person from every household there will be tested three times a week,” a statement from city authorities said, noting that in other areas people will be tested every five to seven. days.
Pictures published on social media and the media showed that the barriers, on Monday, separated the red areas from other areas.
Hanoi authorities expect to collect up to 1.5 million test samples in the next week. The government is keen to prevent the outbreak from reaching the intensity seen in Ho Chi Minh City.
Official data showed Hanoi was reporting an average of 50 cases per day and had recorded more than 4,000 cases since the pandemic began.
Although the numbers remain low, authorities are cautious after the delta variant helped drive infections across the country to more than 524,000.
A third of Hanoi’s eight million residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine and the Ministry of Health called on the capital city and Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday to vaccinate all adult residents with at least one dose by September 15.
Vietnam has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus vaccination in the region, with only 3.3 percent of its 98 million people having been vaccinated, and 15.4 percent with a single dose.
What’s happening all over Canada
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What is happening around the world
As of Monday, more than 220.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll has reached more than 4.5 million.
in a EuropeOn Monday, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said no country should be left behind in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, speaking at the end of the two-day G20 health summit in Rome.
He said health ministers were working on what was called the Rome Agreement. An essential part of the agreement is the fair distribution of vaccines outside wealthy countries.
In the Middle east, many Israelis have made last-minute preparations for the Jewish New Year holiday, which will be marked on Monday evening as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. The central market in West Jerusalem was crowded with shoppers buying groceries for the two-day holiday.
On Sunday, the country’s tourism ministry said it would start allowing organized foreign tour groups into Israel, starting on September 19.
Tourists must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, submit a negative PCR test prior to their trip, and undergo both PCR and serological testing upon arrival. Visitors must quarantine in their hotels until results come in – a process that is expected to take no more than 24 hours.
In the Americas, the US government’s top infectious disease expert says he believes delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be possible starting September 20 to Americans who have received doses from Pfizer, while Moderna may end up being rolled out two weeks later.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS face the nation On Sunday, US health regulators need more time to study data from Moderna on the efficacy of the booster.
In the Asia Pacific New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that coronavirus restrictions will be lifted nationwide, with the exception of the city of Auckland, as the country aims to control the delta-variable outbreak. Ardern said the lockdown that began last week will continue in Auckland until at least September 14.
in a AfricaShipments of COVID-19 vaccines surged in August, but the continent is still on the verge of missing its target of vaccinating the most vulnerable 10 percent by the end of September, according to Dr. Machidiso Moeti, regional director for the world. Health Organization for Africa.
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