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Legs running 200m twice broke the national record at SEA Games – VnExpress

HanoiAfter breaking the national record for seven years with the morning elimination competition, Ngan Ngoc Nghia broke the record he had just set when he won a silver medal on the afternoon of May 14.

With 20 seconds 81 In the morning competition, Ngoc Nghia set a new national record on the 200m track. This parameter is 8% faster than the old record of 20 seconds 98 that senior Le Trong Hinh set when he won the 28th SEA Games gold medal in Singapore in 2015.

But the new record set only lasted for more than six hours, because on the 200m final track at 16:15, Ngoc Nghia herself pushed her limit. Although not catching up with Puripol Boonson – the Thai runner who finished first with 20 seconds 37, the Vietnamese athlete still made a spectacular breakthrough in the last meters to overtake another Thai runner Chayut Khongprasit, to finish second with 20 seconds 74withdrawing 7% more seconds from the record in the morning.

Ngoc Nghia (bib number 800) made a spectacular breakthrough in the last meters…

He beat Chayut with a spectacular dribble right in front of the finish line to outperform his opponent by 0.03 seconds and set a national record.  Ngoc Thanh's photo

He beat Chayut (bib 702) after a spectacular dribble right in front of the finish line to outperform his opponent by 0.03 seconds and set a national record. Image Ngoc Thanh

“In training and competing for many years, I have always set a goal to break Mr. Hinh’s record in 2015, and today I did. This is the result that my teachers and I have worked hard and diligently with. Prepared for more than half a year,” Ngoc Nghia said six when she reached the finish line.

The 22-year-old runner from Son La is satisfied with the national record he just broke on the final track, but still looks regretful when he only finished second. “It would be better if I realized my wish to receive the gold medal and sing the National Anthem in front of my family and home audience today. But the silver medal is still my motivation to strive for the next awards,” Ngoc Nghia said. .

Ngan Ngoc Nghia was excited after knowing that she broke the national record for the second time.  Photo: Ngoc Thanh

Ngan Ngoc Nghia was excited after knowing that she broke the national record for the second time. Image: Ngoc Thanh

Puripol Boonson, with 20 seconds 37, also set a new SEA Games record in the men’s 200m event. The old record – 20 seconds 69 – belonged to fellow countryman Reanchai Seeharong, set in 1999 in Brunei, seven years before Puripol was born.

According to Ngan Ngoc Nghia, Puripol’s victory and the fact that he himself only surpassed Chayut in the last meters reflects the strength of the short-distance running team in Thailand. But this is also a competitive motivation for him and his teammates to try harder in the next tournaments.

Nhat Tao


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Teen running legs and 100m golden dream for Singapore – VnExpress

HanoiWith a personal best of 10.39 seconds, Marc Brian Louis is one of the brightest candidates in the men’s 100m run at SEA Games 31.

Louis’ most impressive achievement so far is the 400m hurdles championship in the Asian youth athletics tournament. In the final competition in Hong Kong in 2019, Louis made a spectacular breakthrough to finish first despite being left behind by the leader Fahad El-Abdulla with a distance of five meters when he was still 40 meters from the finish line. It is also the first and only gold medal of Singapore athletics at the Asian youth tournaments to date.

“At the time, I couldn’t believe what had just happened,” Louis said. “I had to wonder ‘Is it really real?’, but I won”.

Having a strong point in hurdles, but at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Louis will compete in the 100m content. In December 2021, the 19-year-old athlete achieved a time of 10.39 seconds at a competition in his hometown, and this was the basis for the Singapore athletics team’s coaching staff to set a new challenge for Louis.

Louis set his personal best with 10.39 seconds in December 2021.

For comparison, the legendary Kunalan was two weeks behind at the age of 26 when he reached 10.38 seconds at the 1968 Olympics, and this parameter was Singapore’s national record for 33 years. Shyam, with 10.37 seconds, set a new record in 2001, at just 25 years old. Louis, still in his late teens, still has many years to go before his peak of physical strength and maturity. in the spirit of top competition.

The 100m gold medals at the last two SEA Games belonged to Malaysian athletes, with Khairul Hafiz Jantan’s time of 10.38 in 2017 and Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi’s 10.35 seconds in 2019. The loss was not too much, showing that Louis is a real champion candidate in Hanoi.

Louis’ talent revealed very early. As a teenager, the boy won a silver medal at the national school sports tournament for three years in a row. Louis, thanks to that, got a place to attend the Singapore Sports School, but the time here was not really smooth. The boy left after only a year. Louis has never explained why, but has shared feelings of disappointment and willingness to give up athletics.

The advice of Berner Yu – who coached Louis since the age of eight – got him back on the track. The 400m hurdles champion at the 2019 Asian Youth Championship is the result of this comeback. According to Mr. Yu, Louis has changed his practice, self-care, diet and rest in order to give his best.

Louis is Singapore's golden hope.  Photo: ST

Louis is Singapore’s golden hope. Image: ST

“Louis is more mature after the race in Hong Kong,” the trusted teacher confirmed.

Louis is determined to make the most of the opportunity to compete for a gold medal in Hanoi, after being postponed his military service. According to Singapore’s draft regulations, the 19-year-old athlete should have enlisted in January.

Coaches Yu and Louis both increased the frequency of training sessions to prepare for the SEA Games, from six to nine. The young sprinter star began to feel nervous on the flight to Hanoi, but quickly calmed down.

“I think the upcoming SEA Games 31 is an opportunity to experience. If I win a medal or set a new personal record, that’s great, if not, that’s okay,” Louis said.

Thanh Quy (according to SG31, Strait Times)


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Forcing his son to treat gay ‘diseases’

HanoiDiscovering that their 14-year-old son often learns about homosexuality and has many strange symptoms, the parents force him to go to the hospital for a check-up for “physiological abnormalities or genetic mutations”.

Seeing the doctor, the patient’s family expressed concern, fear that the child’s development would not be normal, “hoping to be treated soon”. At the Department of Andrology, Hong Ngoc General Hospital, on April 25, the teenager said that in the past 3-4 years, he has realized his gender is different, only has feelings for male friends and has a feminine divinity, but I dare not tell my family. When her parents forced her to go to the doctor’s office, afraid of revealing her secret, she protested, refused, and contradicted her family.

Doctor Le Duy Thao received the patient and said that he was gay, but homosexuality is not a disease, so he did not intervene in treatment. “I understand very well the psychology of the patient’s parents, their ultimate goal is to want their children to be happy, but maybe due to their limited understanding, the treatment is not appropriate,” the doctor said.

In this case, the doctor said that it is mainly psychological counseling for parents and children to understand each other better.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines homosexuality as not a disease., but people who have a sexual orientation with people of the same sex. Homosexuality and Transgender have been removed from the chapter by WHO Mental and behavioral disordersin International List of Diseases (ICD) in 1990 and 2019, respectively.

In fact, there are many parents who cannot accept the fact that their children are gay for fear of prejudices from society. Many families find a healer to worship, look to a doctor to hope to cure “gay diseases” for their children, unintentionally hurting children. Many people are afraid of the reputation, so they hide it, accepting the current life in torment.

Doctor Thao once advised a gay man to accept a wife to please his parents. The wife, after knowing the truth about her husband’s gender identity, decided to carry out in vitro fertilization to give birth, both as a mother and to avoid the reputation of marrying a gay man. “This is a very unfortunate case, causing a woman to miss her whole life,” the doctor shared.

The doctor advises people of the LGBT (gay) community, when they want to reveal their true gender to their loved ones, need to be calm, delicate and choose the right time. Relatives, especially parents of homosexuals, need to be equipped with knowledge and try to listen calmly or ask a doctor for help, to avoid hurting children leading to heartbreaking events.

Thuy An


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Living in the old mansion

HanoiWhen she heard that she had a guest, Ms. Nguyen Thi Tinh groped step by step, touching the wall until she found the light switch.

The 15 m2 room of an 87-year-old woman, located in an old villa, was surrounded by furniture, so day or night it was as black as ink.

This is the place where Mrs. Tinh used to receive guests, the altar and also the bed. Half of the bench holds books, under the chair is a place to store medicines. Some paintings were placed on the floor because of lack of space to hang. The place where the table should be should make room for the reclining mattress of Mrs. Tinh and also the seat of the guests.

Mrs. Tinh in a room of 15 m2 divided from the villa at alley 57B Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, the afternoon of April 22. Image: Pham Nga

Ms. Tinh and her husband are both former officers of the Hanoi Department of Foreign Trade. Due to displacement, grandparents had to wander, so they were given a corner in the villa located on Phan Chu Trinh street, Hoan Kiem district. Although only 15 m2, this room was once inhabited by 6 people. In addition to the main loft, she and her husband built an additional loft on the roof of the kitchen for two sons and a daughter to sleep.

Her children all told her that she had to have her own house to get married, but this room “didn’t have any space to squeeze in”. Fifteen years ago, the eldest son bought a plot of land of more than 15 square meters next to it and got married when he was over 30 years old. Her second son and daughter also chose to leave the villa when getting married.

The plight of Mrs. Tinh’s house is no different from 12 other families living in this villa. All have only one bathroom, one shared toilet. “After work, rain or shine, we have to queue in front of the bathroom to wait for our turn,” said Mrs. Tinh, looking at three bathrooms covered in black moss because of mold. The hardest part is on heavy rainy days, you still have to wade to take a bath because the water is almost knee-deep. In winter, if you want to take a warm bath, each house boils 3-4 thermos of water.

Ms. Tinh said that for two years now, the flood scene has stopped because the city has installed a drainage system. Some households have built their own toilets, so there are no queues.

She is known to live in a villa, but Mrs. Tinh and her husband rarely invite guests to visit. Once, a few close friends took the initiative to visit, they were surprised by her cramped living space. “Why is your brother, who is a high-ranking official, lives like …”, one person left the sentence in mid-sentence. “I know they’re right and don’t mean anything, but I’m very moved,” Ms. Tinh said.

In the house, she hangs many photos taken at her brother’s and sister’s house, but has never taken any pictures in her own home. “What’s the point of taking pictures like this, whoever sees them will laugh,” sighed the old woman, who likes to take pictures.

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh lives on the 2nd floor in villa number 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.  The first floor is divided into 2 renovated spaces for rent with the architecture almost opposite to the 2nd floor facade. Photo: Pham Nga

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh lives on the 2nd floor in villa number 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Image: Pham Nga

Also in an old villa like Mrs. Tinh, the room of Mrs. Tran Thi Hanh, 64 years old, is larger with 20 m2 but life is not much different.

Ms. Hanh got married and lived in an old French villa at 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi since the early 1980s. As a rented house since her parents-in-law’s time, she and her husband have to pay more than 200,000 VND per month. . The house is inhabited by 7 households, with a total usable area of ​​about 100 m2.

Her family’s 20-square-meter room at the end of the corridor on the second floor is sometimes the residence of 7-8 members. The living room cum bedroom and the kitchen and bathroom are just enough for two people to stand with their backs to each other. When taking a bath, everyone has to pull the curtain to separate the cooking area. Water used is from a cement tank built in the early 90’s, where Ms. Hanh has to raise goldfish to kill bugs. Previously, the house did not have a toilet, so it had to be shared with many households. For seven years now, she asked for a corner at the foot of the stairs to build a toilet, but when it rains, the rain often gets wet.

Hanh’s family shares a one-square-meter balcony with the apartment next door, dedicated to drying clothes. Although the balcony faces Hang Bo Street, a busy neighborhood in the heart of the capital, this woman does not dare to go out to enjoy the fresh air, because she is afraid that the tiles will fall from the top. “The balcony door had to be closed all the time due to many rats. At one point, my family caught a few every day”, Ms. Hanh shared.

Rats are not the only fear. Leaking rain has been an obsession for her family for decades.

Before, in addition to husband and wife and two daughters, there were also sisters-in-law’s family and father-in-law living together. To expand the area, the family built more lofts, as a place to study for the children, but now their biggest use is to prevent rainwater from falling below. On rainy days, when water rushed into the house, Mrs. Hanh constantly used a broom to sweep the water out, but it couldn’t. “Without a quick sweep, the water was once ten centimeters high,” the 64-year-old woman said of the heavy rain over a year ago.

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh talked about the rain that caused the roof to leak.  Last year, rain water flooded the house, making her unable to move in time.  Photo: Pham Nga.

Mrs. Hanh stood in the kitchen and the bathroom, about 4 square meters in size, talking about last year’s rain. Image: Pham Nga.

The family of Mrs. Tinh or Mrs. Hanh is typical of life in an old villa in Hanoi. The capital currently has more than 1,200 villas, including 367 state-owned, 732 mixed-owned between the state and households or between households; 117 units are privately owned. The old villas are mainly located in the districts of Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da and Tay Ho. Most of them have been built for more than 100 years, many works are not maintained and repaired regularly, so they are degraded and damaged.

In mid-April, Hanoi intended to sell 600 old state-owned villas, with 5,686 households signing leases and sold to nearly 5,000 households. Currently, 713 households are renting in unsold villas.

Regarding the conditions for buying a house, the leader of the Hanoi Department of Construction said that only those who are using stable, have a previous house rental and distribution contract will be considered for purchase. However, the plan was later put on hold for review.

“I don’t know if I am eligible to buy it, what will the price be, my family can afford to buy it again or not,” wondered Mrs. Hanh. Both husband and wife are retired workers, with a total salary of more than 8 million dong a month. If she had to leave, she did not know where to go, because she was used to life here. This woman’s biggest wish is to have the villa renovated by the state so that she won’t have to worry every time the rainy season comes.

Mr. Tran Van Cao, the leader of Group 5, Hang Bo Street, where Hanh’s family lives, said that renovating the villa street is the permanent desire of people living here. “However, in order to proceed, it needs the consent of many agencies, units and people. This is not easy,” he said.

Like Mrs. Hanh, Mrs. Tinh, even though she lived a miserable life, did not want to leave. “This is a place to worship my father, my husband, a place where many memories are attached, so I will still stay. I just hope to be renovated to make it more spacious and clean”, Ms. Tinh said and said that it is a 10-minute walk from the house. Right out of Hoan Kiem Lake, you can go for a walk and meet friends.

Buying a piece of land to build a house next to Mrs. Tinh’s villa, 83-year-old Mrs. Tran Thi Hoa also lived in poverty in an old villa. She decided to move out for four years now to enjoy a free life, but not far from the old town. “I want to live out my old days, free and quiet,” said the woman, a former official of Hanoi’s Foreign Trade Department.

She hopes the city government has a solution to renovate thousands of villas in Hanoi, to keep the capital’s beauty both ancient and modern, but not out of date with civilization.

Hai Hien – Pham Nga


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Investigate murder in the basement car fire for revenge

HanoiThe Nam Tu Liem District Police prosecuted Tran Thi Thanh Hai’s murder and property destruction case.

On April 4, the Nam Tu Liem District Police said it had prosecuted the case according to articles 123 and 178 of the Penal Code. Hai was also held in criminal detention.

According to the police, after searching and verifying his identity, the authorities determined that Hai had a husband and 5-year-old son. Husband and wife work together as employees for a restaurant in Hanoi.

Hai at the field experiment. Photo: provided by the police

At the end of 2019, Hai had feelings for a 28-year-old man, but her husband did not know it. At the end of January, Hai discovered that Hoang’s family prevented the relationship, so he announced that he was pregnant to hold on. The plan failed, Hai had an intention of revenge.

Mr. Hoang told the police that during the time they were in love, the two were often in conflict. Hoang once mentioned about debut, but Hai refused. Loved each other for two years, but Mr. Hoang did not know where and how Hai’s family was.

After being destroyed by Hai at the inn and burned two computers, in order to avoid him, Mr. Hoang moved in with his cousin in room 604, house number 4, lane 60, Phu Do street, Nam Tu Liem district.

Fire scene.  Photo: Provided by the police

Fire scene. Photo: provided by the police

According to the authorities, Hai thought that his cousin was “emotionally divided” so he became more and more angry. On the afternoon of March 31, Hai bought 30,000 VND of gasoline and poured it into a bottle. Around 6pm on the same day, seeing someone open the door, Hai asked for help, then poured gasoline around his cousin Hoang’s motorbike and lit a match.

The fire broke out, the fire spread around, Hai ran out, went to Lac Long Quan street to eat vermicelli. The fire was extinguished after about 30 minutes but caused Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, 25 years old, to slip and die when trying to escape; Five others were injured.

Authorities said the suspect confessed to the behavior, consistent with the verified developments. However, Hai was not pregnant as stated.

Pham Du


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How does Hanoi enroll class 10 students in Japanese and French?

Students enrolling in Japanese and French classes are required to learn this foreign language from middle school and take three general exams.

According to the plan of the Department of Education and Training, with 10th grade learn Japanese as a foreign language 1candidates are eligible to apply if they have studied this foreign language in four years of secondary school.

Students are allowed to register up to three aspirations in three public schools in order of preference. In which, aspirations one and two must belong to Chu Van An High School, Kim Lien High School, and Viet Duc High School, because these are the three schools with classes teaching Japanese as a foreign language 1; the remaining aspiration belongs to the candidate’s enrollment area.

In the application form, candidates must choose Japanese in the “Foreign language for high school registration”. However, you can choose the test in any foreign language (English, French, Japanese, German, Korean). If you do not pass the first Japanese language class, you will be considered for admission to the English class at the registered aspirations.

In addition, the city also has eight other public schools that teach Japanese as a second foreign language, including: Phan Dinh Phung, Dong Da, Tran Phu, Viet Duc, Thang Long, Doan Ket – Hai Ba Trung, and Nguyen Gia Thieu. and Phan Huy Chu – Dong Da. To enter Japanese classes at these schools, candidates must pass and confirm their admission to the school’s English class, then apply for a Japanese language course.

With a bilingual French class, in order to be eligible to apply, students must simultaneously ensure four requirements: academic ability, and year-round conduct of each lower secondary school class is not less than good; graduated from high school with good grade or higher; well ranked French bilingual program at the lower secondary level; participate in the entrance exam to the 10th grade of the public non-specialized high school in the school year 2022-2023.

At that time, they were recruited into the 10th class of bilingual French at one of the two Chu Van An high schools, Hanoi – Amsterdam.

Admission score = Total score of three subjects in the 10th grade exam + French language score + Priority score. In which, the Francophone score is the result of the graduation exam of the French bilingual program at the lower secondary level, calculated according to the formula: French x 2 + Math (in French).

In addition, Hanoi also recruited 45 students for the intensive French class at Viet Duc High School. Eligibility requirements are similar to bilingual French, but students are considered to have graduated from average or above with the French Bilingual Program at the lower secondary level.

Candidates take the exam to enter class 10 in Hanoi in 2021. Photo: Giang Huy

Hanoi Department of Education and Training also information about 10th grade enrollment plan with self-financed public high schools and non-public schools. Accordingly, this group of schools is allowed to apply, regardless of the enrollment area.

The criteria used as a basis for admission include: the candidate’s admission score when taking the exam to enter the 10th grade of a public non-specialized high school in the school year 2022-2023l; the results of the students’ training and learning at the lower secondary level (if the committee is saved, the results of the school year will be used again). Particularly, vocational education centers – continuing education only need to rely on the scores of candidates at the lower secondary level.

Students apply for admission to self-financed public schools, non-public schools from April 20 to June 25, admission from July 10-22.

In the school year 2021-2022, Hanoi has about 129,000 students considering graduating from secondary school, an increase of 19,000 compared to last year. In which, about 104,000 children have the opportunity to continue their high school education (77,000 public and 27,000 private). The remaining 25,000 children will enter vocational and continuing education institutions. The time of the 10th grade entrance exam is expected to take place in two days June 18-19.

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Many flights diverted because of dense fog

Hanoi26 flights to and from Noi Bai airport could not be made due to dense fog.

The leader of Noi Bai International Airport informed that from 8 pm on February 17 to 4 am on February 18, bad weather made the airport unable to receive incoming aircraft. 12 incoming flights had to be diverted to land at Phu Bai (Thua Thien Hue), Da Nang, and Cat Bi (Hai Phong).

In which, 2 international cargo flights to Vietnam were unable to land at Noi Bai and diverted to Cat Bi, Laos; a flight from Hong Kong was forced to return to the place of origin. A passenger flight from Narita (Japan) had to land at Tan Son Nhat.

Nearly 10 flights from Noi Bai could not take off on the evening of February 17, airlines had to cancel flights because the plane did not return in time, it is estimated that more than 1,000 passengers were affected. Some departing international flights had to be canceled, the airline was forced to take guests back to the hotel, waiting to fly again the next day.

Airplane at Noi Bai airport. Photo: Mr Duy

At Noi Bai airport, visibility is only from 700 to 800 m, cloud ceiling is from 50 m to 60 m, northeast wind speed is 1 to 2 m/s. “Dense fog, low cloud ceiling does not guarantee aviation operations, if there is heavy rain or wind, it can push the fog,” said the airport representative.

By 4:00 am on February 18, the weather was getting better, the representative of Noi Bai airport informed that the airport could reopen, however, flight delays may still occur because of the weather situation. .

Fog covered many places, affecting not only Noi Bai but also airports in other northern provinces such as Vinh, Cat Bi, and Van Don. Some flights to Vinh, Van Don had to be diverted to Noi Bai, then Noi Bai stopped receiving, the planes moved to Da Nang.

Mr. Tran Hoai Phuong, Director of the Northern Airport Authority, informed that Northern airports have been able to receive aircraft normally since 4 am this morning.

In recent days, the North has had light rain and drizzle at night and in the morning due to the cold air moving to the east, creating momentum for the northeast wind to bring moisture from the sea. The highest temperature in Hanoi is 19, the point is over 1,500 m above sea level like Sa Pa (Lao Cai) 15 degrees Celsius.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the temperature in the North will gradually increase to 22 degrees Celsius at noon on February 18, then decrease deeply. The high mountains have places that are close to 0 degrees Celsius and there is a high possibility of frost and snowfall.

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New Year’s Eve ‘life and death’ calls

HanoiNear New Year’s Eve, the phone bell in the emergency area of ​​the Hospital for the Treatment of Covid-19 patients rang, a critical F0 about to be transferred from the Viet Xo Friendship Hospital.

Receiving information, Doctor Tran Huyen Trang (leader of the crew) immediately mobilized human resources to be ready to receive patients at the emergency reception room. According to the procedure, the hospital only accepts patients who are critically ill, critically ill and with prior contact via the hotline. During the transfer to the hospital, the medical staff will complete all the information and status of the patient so that it does not take much time to complete the procedure.

Male patient, 97 years old, seriously ill, with Covid-19, on mechanical ventilation, requires endotracheal intubation, poor prognosis. A doctor, two nurses quickly give first aid, review the index, set up the drug line. This is also the last call to the critical ward on the eve of the new year.

The clock inched towards 0 o’clock, his condition was stable but still serious, he was taken through the red channel to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). From outside the ward, Dr. Trang used a walkie-talkie, took advantage of sending New Year greetings to colleagues inside, and then continued her daily work.

“For the first time on New Year’s Eve, stress is inevitable, but there is nothing happier than being able to save lives,” said Dr. Trang.

The Hospital for the Treatment of Covid-19 Patients, affiliated to Hanoi Medical University (with the largest scale in the North), is a last-line hospital that treats severe, critical F0 patients, requires mechanical ventilation, and needs life function support and filtration. blood, ECMO in Hanoi. Currently, this facility takes care of more than 150 F0 patients, of which nearly 100 patients with invasive mechanical ventilation, two EMCOs, 45 patients need to be intubated.

The team of doctors worked hard to treat patients on New Year’s Eve. Photo: provided by the doctor

In addition to incoming calls, each on-call, medical staff is also responsible for informing and explaining the patient’s condition to family members, at least once a day. In the days leading up to Tet, the calls were more intense. The phone rang non-stop. Doctors and nurses both treat and take advantage of calling people to rest assured, preparing to welcome Tet.

In Doctor Trang’s shift, there were two seriously ill patients, the border of life and death was close. The doctor who coordinates the staff regularly updates the family with news. A male patient, 67 years old, with many underlying diseases, chronic kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease, was hospitalized in a state of septic shock, severe pneumonia. After two weeks of intensive treatment, the patient’s progress deteriorated, the whole lung was damaged, “almost no healthy lung area”, the indicators continuously decreased.

After many hours of emergency, his condition did not change positively. Doctor Trang retreated out, directly called family members, informed that “the patient is no longer able to cure”.

“Even though I understood the situation, my family was still in shock, and they were still going to the grave on the last day of the year, so it was even harder to deal with. I was heartbroken myself,” said Dr. Trang. An hour earlier, the other critically ill patient also died.

According to Dr. Trang, in the past, emergency doctors could explain directly to the family. When the pandemic broke out, Covid-19 patients had only one communication channel through medical staff. Therefore, the death of a Covid-19 patient always makes doctors and nurses more tormented, even inadequate. Many patients do not see their family members, do not say the last word, the pain is extremely heavy, especially the moment of the new year.

Therefore, even though they cannot answer the phone 24/24, the doctors still arrange to call each family at the end of the day, all missed calls are called back for maximum support. The biggest difference, the calls on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve also include short New Year wishes and thanks instead of just asking and answering about the illness.

“As an emergency, it’s very difficult to let everything go as planned because it’s unpredictable. The only sure thing is to try our best for the patient,” the doctor said.

Doctor Nguyen Minh Nguyen, the head of the team on duty the day before, was also Continuously handling calls during the night. Recently, the workload has been increased due to some administrative departments dealing with paperwork, expenses, etc., while F0 in Hanoi has continuously increased. He compared the work in the emergency ward before, treating 50-70 people a day, 10 patients recovering, and now the volume and pressure are greater. Outside, there was a rush of phones, F0 just arrived. In the recovery area, the shadow of a doctor wearing a protective suit quickly pushes the patient in and out, attentively monitoring SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) or watching X-ray films.

In addition, the working environment of Covid-19 hospital staff is more specific, patients are cared for continuously every hour, every minute regardless of holidays, avoiding errors. Everyone encouraged each other to take the patient’s recovery as a joy to welcome Tet.

During the shift, a 52-year-old patient progressed seriously, difficult to predict. The patient was hospitalized since January 15, had difficulty breathing, had to put on a mechanical ventilator, did not respond, the respiratory efficiency was poor, took supportive measures but did not improve, “if maintained forever, respiratory failure, not enough blood oxygen leading to death”. Immediately, the team decided to place EMCO, an oxygen device through the outer membrane of the body – the last weapon and means of respiratory support for critical cases caused by Covid-19. At the same time, Doctor Nguyen called to inform the family to prepare psychologically, even though it was 29 Tet.

“At a sensitive time, doctors need to convey information that is easy to understand, slowest, in a short time to relieve pain for family members. Although it is difficult, it is a mandatory task,” said Dr. Nguyen.

Up to now, the number of new cases in Hanoi continues to increase, nearly 3,000 cases a day. Statistics from the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, Ministry of Health, as of January 31, the city recorded nearly 700 severe and critical cases. At the hospital treating Covid-19 patients, on average, 10-25 new cases are received every day, mainly serious diseases, Tet holiday remains unchanged.

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Doctor Nguyen is informing the patient’s condition to his family. Photo: Chile

However, before the New Year’s moment approached, the hospital organized a package of cakes and planted peaches in the lobby to have a taste of Tet.

Doctor Trang’s husband is also on duty on New Year’s Eve. The couple encourages each other to make efforts, using family as the driving force. And Doctor Nguyen, with his previous experience in fighting the epidemic, told himself firmly because there were still many patients who needed him. It seems that the moment of New Year’s Eve is no longer so important, “as long as the patient is at peace”.

After the 24-hour shift, the crew returned to rest but continued to monitor, provide remote support and be present whenever the patient needed.

Assoc. Prof. TS.BS Nguyen Lan Hieu, director of Hanoi Medical University Hospital (second from right) and doctors and nurses wrap cakes on the eve of the new year.  Photo: Provided by the hospital

Assoc.Prof.TS.BS Nguyen Lan Hieu, Director of Hanoi Medical University Hospital (second from right) and doctors and nurses wrap cakes on the eve of the new year. Photo: Hospital provides

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The crime journey of the group of robbers who sprayed pepper spray and tied the homeowner

HanoiMaking friends through the association of “insolvents who want to take risks”, the three young people pretended to be customers to visit the shop and then used tear gas to attack the homeowner and steal the phone.

On January 16, three suspects, Nguyen Tung Lam, 35 years old, To Van Tinh, 29 years old, and Le Duy Du, 28 years old, are being held in criminal custody by the Hoang Mai District Police to clarify the act of robbery.

Tinh, Du, Lam (from left to right) at the investigation agency. Photo: provided by the police

According to the investigation, Tinh, Lam and Du joined the group “Society of defaulters want to take risks” on the social network Facebook and make friends with each other. When they reached the end of the road, the three people texted each other privately inviting each other to rob the phone supermarket’s property. However, this plan was canceled because they saw that the store had many surveillance cameras.

After discussing, the group agreed to rob Tuan Anh’s property, who often sells used phones online. They sent a person pretending to be a customer to call Mr. Tuan Anh, offering to see the phone at his house. To commit the crime, this group ordered two pepper spray cans, a lighter, three knives, a roll of duct tape, two new phone sims and two plastic glasses to commit the crime.

Around 4pm on January 8, in order to avoid detection, Tinh, Lam, and Du took three motorbike taxis to HH Linh Dam urban area, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district. After using a “junk” sim to call the owner, the three took the stairs to this man’s house on the 3rd floor of the HH1A building to avoid being recorded by the security camera.

When the owner opened the door to invite him into the house and took out his phone, the group attacked, punched, kicked, and tied the victim with pepper spray. They threatened to kill the victim to exert pressure and then ransacked 4 expensive phones.

Artifacts in the case.  Photo: Provided by the police

Artifacts in the case. Photo: provided by the police

The stolen property, Lam divided it among Du and Tinh, 1 each. The three suspects escaped in their own direction.

The next day, when the incident was revealed in the media, Lam fled to Ho Chi Minh City. From January 13-15, Lam was arrested while hiding in Ho Chi Minh City, Tinh hid in Hai Duong city and Du hid in Bac Tu Liem district. The police seized four cellphones as evidence of the crime, one col lighter, two motorbikes and 20cm-long white plastic drawstrings.

According to the police, this is a very serious case, the suspects who know each other on social networks have linked and discussed recklessly to rob property. After committing the crime, they fled everywhere, making it difficult to track down.

A criminology expert assessed that the prolonged outbreak of Covid-19 caused many young people to lose their jobs and have no money to spend. Moreover, the approaching Lunar New Year makes them even more reckless and aggressive to rob property for money to spend. Therefore, people need to be very vigilant when violent crimes tend to increase more than every year in the days leading up to Tet.

Pham Du