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How Vietnam contained the pandemic

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has started to reveal stark differences in the emergency responses of countries all over the globe. The U.S. now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world after a slow and uncoordinated response by federal and state governments. Shortages of ventilators, ICU beds and personal protective equipment have put pressure on a medical system that was already struggling to meet basic needs. Especially in rural areas and communities of color, hospital closings and shortages of staff and funding have put many at an elevated risk for the ravages of COVID-19.In Chicago, while about 32 percent of the city’s residents are Black, over 70 percent of those who have died from the virus are Black.Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are reportedly impersonating medical staff in order to detain undocumented workers, increasing the terror in im/migrant communities and further discouraging migrants from seeking out testing and medical careNevertheless, despite the vast wealth and resources at the disposal of superpowers like the U.S., some less developed countries are faring better, including ones under onerous U.S. sanctionsCuba, China and India’s Kerala state, all led by communist parties that attach great importance to public health and the needs of the people, have much lower rates of infection than the U.SThe Socialist Republic of Vietnam has also mounted a highly successful response, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the world. By April 6, Vietnam, with a population of nearly 100 million people, had just 245 confirmed cases and zero deaths. (worldometers.info/coronavirus/)New York City, the global capital of high finance, has nearly 70,000 confirmed cases and close to 2,500 deaths out of a population of 8.6 million. What could Vietnam, a country the U.S. tried to wipe off the map 50 years ago, be doing that the wealthiest city in the world’s wealthiest country is not doingAn article published on March 30 by the World Economic Forum, by no means a left-wing group, reveals some answersVietnam’s University of Science and Technology has developed a fast and affordable test kit that costs about $15 and returns results within an hour. Now 20 countries around the world are seeking to order tens of thousands of themVietnam has also focused on effective, nonpharmaceutical methods to contain the virus. On Feb. 1, it suspended flights to China and decided to keep schools closed after the Lunar New Year break. It then instituted a 21-day quarantine of Vinh Phuc province north of Hanoi, where a large number of residents had worked in Wuhan, China, the initial epicenter of the outbreakIt has since mandated 14-day quarantines for everyone arriving in the country and cancelled all foreign flights. Quarantine centers have been set up on the edges of cities providing 100 percent of the medical care, food and shelter for those in quarantine, including foreign visitorsA British citizen staying at a quarantine center in Son Tay said about the experience: “Suddenly it all becomes very human, we’re guests in a country doing their best to protect themselves and are extending us that courtesy. Such is the good nature of Vietnam. Outside, everything is peaceful. The location is quiet, the soldiers work tirelessly to sterilize the rooms daily, log our temperature and clear out our bins. … So far, this feels more like a holiday camp than a quarantine. In our room, we share snacks, fruit, and start getting deliveries from loved ones.” (VNExpress International, March 17)These quarantine centers are also available to people who have not traveled abroad. When cases appear in a neighborhood, the entire street is sanitized and the residents put under a two-week quarantine, with the government providing free, fresh food and medical care.Susan Schnur, a member of Workers World Party who travelled in Vietnam from March 5 to 17, reported that screenings in the airports were much more thorough and stringent than in the U.S. Hand sanitizer was almost everywhere, even in rural areas. People were “chipper” about following the measures set out by the government to contain the virusVietnam has also used social media and information technology to combat the spread of the virus. Almost 90 percent of the people have either a smartphone or a mobile phone. The government uses an app and other channels to swiftly alert the public to new cases and areas with potential transmission, to help people get tested and to provide scientifically accurate, up-to-date information on best practices to reduce exposure.The Vietnamese Ministry of Health produced a catchy music video to inform people of proper handwashing techniques and other measures to reduce transmission“Imagine a government that’s actually good on social media and inspires a TikTok movement. And, no, screaming all caps in Twitter doesn’t count,” wrote Linh Dao Smooke of the website hackernoon.com.Between 2002 and 2018, 45 million Vietnamese people were lifted out of poverty. From 1990 to 2015, life expectancy rose from 71 to 76 years. Vietnam now has a higher vaccination rate than the U.S. Medical care is inexpensive, with the government paying 100 percent for poor people and ethnic minorities in disadvantaged areasVietnam sets an example for both developing and wealthy countries fighting COVID-19. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Appeal after attempted robbery of Derry bookmakers

first_imgNews Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – January 2, 2013 Facebook Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Appeal after attempted robbery of Derry bookmakers Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Detectives in Derry are appealing for information following an attempted burglary at a bookmakers on Central Drive, Creggan.Sometime between 5.30pm on Monday 31st December and 9am on Tuesday 1st January, thieves tried to break in via the roof but were unsuccessful.Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, particularly on the roof to contact them. Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Previous articleMurder investigation launched after Omagh deathNext articleDerry man who punched female police officer fined News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Iowa, Michigan battle injury bug

first_imgThe start of Big Ten Conference play had the usual array of highlights, miscues, excitements, disappointments and, most notably, surprises.Six undefeated teams started last weekend’s matchups, but only four will enter week two of the conference season, including a head-to-head battle of two undefeated teams when Michigan State visits Wisconsin.The Spartans are the only team yet to play a conference game, and MSU will look to prove the strength of its 4-0 record Saturday.”This will define [the season],” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “We may be underdogs for a lot of people, but our players know they’re expected to win.”Confidence sets the tone for a game before the coin is even flipped. After starting the season with two losses, Michigan has strung together two wins, including upsetting then-No. 10 Penn State last weekend. Replacement quarterback Ryan Mallett stepped up his performance to effectively rekindle a spark in Michigan’s offense.”[Mallet] did the things he needs to do,” Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr said. “He executed extremely well.”Michigan starting quarterback Chad Henne has been cleared to play this weekend against Northwestern, but a doctor’s note alone won’t put Henne back in the driver’s seat of the Wolverines’ offense.”The doctors will leave [playing Saturday] up to Chad, how he feels, and of course, it will depend on what I see and what I think,” Carr said. “We want to make sure that when he comes back that his mobility is there. … We’re not going to do anything that’s going to jeopardize Chad and his ability to react to the pressure that comes with the position.”Injuries, unfortunately, are an unavoidable burden to any team or player. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has had to rewrite his depth chart numerous times already this season due to injury and suspension. Imposing an earlier curfew — a step he took earlier this season — has cleaned up the athletes’ night lives, but there is little he can do to ensure a healthy starting lineup.An already injured Iowa lineup made its way to Madison Saturday, but the Hawkeyes left with even longer list on the injury report.Junior tight end Tony Moeaki will miss the next few weeks of action for Iowa after he dislocated his elbow and broke a bone in his hand on Saturday. Moeaki was joined by wide receiver Andy Brodell on the injury report. But while Moeaki will probably return in a few weeks, Brodell will likely miss the entire remaining season after suffering a torn hamstring.Returning home after a brief road trip in which his team went 0-2, Ferentz is happy to be back among the Hawkeye faithful.”It feels good to be home,” Ferentz said. “It’s going to be a heck of a challenge for our football team, one, getting off the mat, and secondly preparing for a very, very good [Indiana team].”Indiana crosses into Iowa territory this weekend after suffering a loss to Illinois last weekend. “It’s been a couple of days since the game, I’ve had a chance to review it and get on with Iowa,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “We’re anxious to get going here, practice and get ready for a typically good, tough, hard-nosed Iowa football team.”Lynch is most worried about the Hawkeye defense, including defensive lineman Mitch King.”[King] is really an active player. He’s really good,” Lynch said. “He didn’t play against us last year … but he is a player.”The Iowa fans, 70, 000 strong, are part of the atmosphere Lynch wants for his team and for the college game in general.”It’s 70,000 loud fans in a really tight stadium. The fans are right on top of you,” Lynch said. “It is a great college environment.”Injuries are a severe blow to a team’s confidence on and off the field, but losing a close game has similar effects. Penn State Coach Joe Paterno took all the blame for his team’s 14-9 loss to Michigan, causing a fall from No. 10 to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll. “When you lose a game like that, you can only point the finger at one person. You’ve got to point at the head coach,” Paterno said. “It starts with me. I have to get across to the kids that we’re going to get better, and we are going to get better.”Penn State will look to for that motivation on Saturday when the team takes on Illinois.last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse paces No. 13 Duke for 6th-straight win

first_imgEmily Hawryschuk and Olivia Jenner were stuck. Their first half success — a combined eight goals — were held to zero for most of the second half. Syracuse and Duke’s best offensive players couldn’t get anything going, and Hawryschuk, like she tends to do, couldn’t find driving lanes.But with five minutes left and SU clinging to a 14-12 lead, Hawryschuk found an opening and got tripped up. Eight yards from the net, squared with Duke’s second goalie of the day, the junior attack dropped her stick and found the left corner of the net. A three-goal advantage was all the Orange needed to close out another ranked opponent.After eight lead changes, No. 3 Syracuse (12-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) needed one last offensive push to close out No. 13 Duke (8-4, 2-2). An 18-goal first half was followed by a defensive battle, one the Orange ultimately won, 15-14. The Blue Devils lost their third one-goal game of the season, and SU remains undefeated against opponents ranked lower than it.Before Saturday, the Orange haven’t faltered against lower-ranked opponents. Their only scare — a March 13 matchup with then-No. 16 Florida — featured a blown six-goal lead that ended in a Meaghan Tyrrell score with eight seconds left. But before its 14-13 win in Gainesville, Florida, SU dominated then-No. 7 Virginia and No. 13 Loyola. After a dominant win over Harvard and just two losses on the season, SU had another test in then-No. 12 Notre Dame.Hawryschuk started the scoring on the Orange’s first possession of the game, and after a turnover on a Duke clear, Tyrrell made it 2-0. Then, the back-and-forth affair started.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuke scored on three-straight possessions in a four-minute span, two courtesy of Jenner. Mary Rahal ended the run off of an assist from Hawryschuk, but the Blue Devils responded after a Sam Swart score with Jenner’s third of the day — her hat trick came just 14 minutes into the game. Three Blues Devils goals were responded with three-in-a-row by the Orange, capped off by another Hawryschuk score.As Hawryschuk and Jenner dominated in close, the Duke senior attack made it 9-9 in the final seconds of the first half. The first half ended with just two saves from Asa Goldstock and seven lead changes.Syracuse has struggled with top upperclassmen attacks this season, like Sam Apuzzo’s nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 16. After 30 minutes, Jenner, a Tewaaraton Award watch list candidate, already had five goals.Three minutes into the second half, Duke removed its starting goalkeeper, Gabbe Cadoux. The junior had a .231 save percentage before senior Jamie Lockwood came in. In her first minutes, Lockwood saved two shots off of Tyrrell and Megan Carney and challenged the Orange more than Cadoux.But with the change in net, both offenses slowed. Turnovers piled up, clear attempts became harder for both squads and SU’s only opportunities came from the free position. Duke and Syracuse traded four goals in a 10-minute span, but the Blue Devils couldn’t muster a lead like they did in the first half.After Hawryschuk’s goal made it 15-12, the Blue Devils’ comeback bid was still alive — Katie Cronin shrunk the lead, Jenner’s sixth goal of the day made it just a one-score game and Duke had possession with 90 seconds left. Yet looking for an equalizer, the Blue Devils floated a pass past the endline, and the Orange ran the clock out with 45 seconds left.Syracuse will return to Christian Brothers Academy, where it played against Notre Dame, to face another ACC-foe in unranked Virginia Tech on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more