Read what is in the news today.
-- The lockdown imposed on Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, where Vietnam’s ‘patient No. 17’ lives, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was lifted on Friday night after no new case has been reported in the quarter in the last 14 days since March 6.
-- The Ministry of Health has recommended that all passengers on two flights -- NH831 operated by AII Nippon Airways from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City on March 17 and EK392 operated by Emirates from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City on March 16 -- immediately contact their local centers for disease control for guidance as passengers carrying COVID-19 have been identified on these flights.
-- All incoming travelers to Vietnam will face a mandatory centralized quarantine for 14 days from Saturday, March 21 as per a request of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
-- More than 200 people donated blood to a 30-year-old teacher in Hanoi, who had been diagnosed with cancer in her last few weeks of pregnancy, as she had to undergo a surgery to take her baby out on Friday. The surgery was a success and the newborn is being taken care of at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Vietnamese capital city while the mother is also recovering well.
-- Police in Cau Giay District, Hanoi said on Friday they have detained a local taxi driver for taking a traffic police officer for a several-kilometer ride on the hood of his cab the day before, trying to escape a ticket for violating traffic laws.
-- The Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Friday that European Union and U.S. authorities have yet to limit the import of garment products from Vietnam, clarifying that the recent suspension and cancellation of several orders from the EU and the U.S. were merely made by the purchasers due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic while the EU’s border shutdown does not impact exports of goods to the region.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has partnered with local broadcaster HTV to launch a TV program from Monday, March 23, giving 12th-grade and ninth-grade students lessons at home as they are poised to take important exams in the summer.
-- The Ministry of Education and Training on Friday requested universities, institutes, and colleges to allow authorities in provinces and cities to uses their dormitories for COVID-19 quarantine purposes.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected over 250,500 and killed more than 10,200 people globally by Friday, according to Ministry of Health statistics. Over 90,600 cases have recovered.
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