The Latest: Vietnam Calls on Army for Strict Virus Lockdown



Kindergarten teacher Ms. Amber Updegrove interacts with her students at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn on Friday, August 20, 2021. All of her students were masked at school.  (AP Photo / John Partipilo)

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Amber Updegrove interacts with her students at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn on Friday, August 20, 2021. All of her students were masked at school. (AP Photo / John Partipilo)


HANOI, Vietnam – The Vietnamese government has said it is sending troops to Ho Chi Minh City to help deliver food and aid to households as it further tightens restrictions on the movement of people in a context of worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Army personnel will be deployed to help with logistics as the city of 10 million asks residents to “stay put” for two weeks from Monday, a report on the website said on Friday. of the government.

The move comes as Vietnam, which has resisted the pandemic a lot with very few cases, recorded more than 10,000 new infections and 390 deaths on Friday. Ho Chi Minh City was responsible for 3,500 of these infections.

“People absolutely have to stay put, isolate themselves from each other, from house to house, from community to community,” Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said.

Ho Chi Minh City has put in place strict coronavirus measures since June, including banning gatherings of more than two people in public and only allowing people to leave their homes for essential matters like buying fuel. food or go to work in certain authorized companies. Under the new measures, people living in high-risk areas cannot leave their homes at all.



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SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco became the first major city in the country to require proof of full coronavirus vaccination so people can dine in restaurants, work out in gyms or attend indoor concerts.

Restaurants and bars posted signs and added additional staff on Friday to start checking people’s proof of vaccination before allowing them entry.

The new rule goes beyond New York City, which only requires people to be at least partially vaccinated for a variety of indoor activities.

Local business groups in San Francisco have backed the new vaccine mandate, saying it will protect the health of their employees and customers and prevent them from having to limit capacity indoors.


OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly calls on school districts to demand masks, says she plans to declare an emergency as hospitals scramble to treat more and more young COVID-19 patients .

Kelly said that “we really want people to understand that this is not about joking.”

The latest data from the health department shows 154 clusters of the coronavirus in schools, with a total of 1,889 cases.

Kelly noted that schools in other states have closed completely because of the epidemics. She says that until a coronavirus vaccine is approved for children under 12, the use of masks can help curb the spread of infections.

The governor said more COVID-19 patients were admitted to Kansas hospitals on Wednesday than any other day during the pandemic and that intensive care units are at 100% capacity at six of the largest hospitals in the State, with two-thirds of beds being intended for COVID-19 patients. .


ST. LOUIS – New admissions to the COVID-19 hospital in St. Louis are reaching winter peak levels and hospitals in Southeast Missouri are under pressure due to an increase in coronavirus cases and an increase in death.

Saint-Louis hospitals on Thursday said they had admitted 100 patients with COVID-19 – the highest number since January 16. A total of 585 people were hospitalized, including 25 children. Twelve of the children are under 12 and are not eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at South East Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau has increased by more than 50% in the past week and a half.


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on parents to take coronavirus risks to children seriously and to ensure students wear face masks.

Schools that resumed classes this month have already reported more than 5,300 students and 750 staff who have tested positive for the virus. These numbers are expected to increase.

Edwards enacted a statewide mask mandate that includes schools. This sparked angry cries from some parents who argue that they should decide to put a mask on their children.

The governor said on Friday: “The transmission is very high. Simply put, we cannot keep our schools open or our children safe today without masks. “


SANTA FE, NM – Dozens of healthcare workers and state employees have protested New Mexico’s mandate to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Nurses, hospital office workers and state prison guards joined about 150 people in the state capital on Friday to protest the demand.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered officials to get vaccinated earlier this summer. A public health decree released this week extends the mandate to private sector workers in sensitive areas such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Under the ordinance, only certain workers can refuse vaccines if they undergo weekly tests for the virus. Some unvaccinated hospital workers say their employers will fire them in the coming weeks.


HONOLULU – University of Hawaii sports teams will open the fall season without fans in the stands at home competitions.

Honolulu officials have informed the university that fans will not be allowed at the season’s opening events due to the current rise in coronavirus infections in the state and hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

The university said on Friday that a decision to host fans will be reassessed in the coming weeks.

The ruling applies to all fall sports, including football, women’s volleyball and soccer.


ORLANDO, Fla .– The mayor of Orlando, Fla., Is asking residents to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars for at least a week, saying water use must be reduced due to the recent increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said on Monday that liquid oxygen and other supplies commonly used to treat the city’s water had been diverted to hospitals for patients with the virus.

The city’s utility says it typically goes through 10 trucks of liquid oxygen per week, but its supplier recently said it would be reduced to five to seven trucks per week to accommodate hospitals.

The utility says about 40% of the city’s drinking water is used for irrigation, so any pressure on the water supply will be drastically reduced if residents stop watering their lawns, washing their car or use pressure washers.



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