Vietnam records new Covid-19 case, first local case in 100 days


  • Vietnam
  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

A donor carrying rice bags to distribute to poor people during the coronavirus in Hanoi, Vietnam. - Reuters

HANOI, July 25 (Bernama): Vietnam confirmed a new COVID-19 case in the community on Saturday after going through nearly 100 days without any local cases, Xinhua news agency reported citing Vietnam News Agency.

The latest case, which brought the total in the country to 416 as of Saturday morning, is a 57-year-old man from central Da Nang city who reportedly has not left the city for a month and mostly stayed at home to take care of his grandchild, according to the report.

The city has taken medical samples of more than 100 people in contact with the man and the results all returned negative for COVID-19, said the health ministry.

The ministry has mobilised a working group including leading experts of the country to help handle the disease in Da Nang, according to the report.

Among 416 cases in Vietnam, 365 patients have recovered from the disease and no deaths of COVID-19 have been recorded so far, according to the health ministry.

On Friday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday issued Directive 29/CT-TTg on urgent measures to tighten the management of wildlife.

The directive stresses vietnam’s consistent view on tightening the enforcement of national and international laws on wildlife in order to realise its relevant international commitments.

In line with the stance, the Prime Minister directs suspending the import of wildlife, be dead or alive, their eggs, larvas, parts, derivatives (except aquatic animals used for the production and processing of food and animal feed as specified in legal regulations, parts of wild animals already processed to be used as materials for drug production or final products) until new instructions are made.

For wildlife already licensed by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities to export to vietnam, the customs agency at the border gate must require the wildlife be return to the place of export.

Phuc also orders ministries to review legal documents with a view to amending and supplementing punishments on the act of illegally consuming wildlife.

Localities are required to abolish wildlife markets or trading sites, keep tight management of and strictly handle acts of illegally poaching, buying, selling, transporting, slaughtering, consuming, storing, advertising and abusing wildlife, especially animal, bird and reptile species in the natural environment.

The document also urges officials, State employees and their families not to join in illegally hunting, catching, buying, selling, transporting, slaughtering, consuming, storing and advertising wildlife.

Besides, Phuc instructs ministries and local authorities to enhance their supervision of the raising of wildlife, and intensify the fight against violations of wildlife-related regulations and laws. - Bernama

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