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WHO experts gathered evidence of nCoV at CDC Wuhan

The World Health Organization delegation visited the provincial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Wuhan, where the original outbreak management was in charge.

The visit took place on February 1, in the context of China tightly controlling access to virus information. Previously, the country avoids accepting responsibility for the late 2019 epidemic response delay. At the same time, the authorities have repeatedly made the point that the nCoV was brought from elsewhere into Wuhan.

“The trip is smooth and really important,” said Peter Daszak, zoologist and team member, speaking to international media after the visit. But he did not give more detailed information.

The evidence the team collects will be put into a database for many years of investigation. Determining the zoonotic origin of the virus requires a variety of research activities, including sampling, genetic analysis and epidemiological investigations.

On January 31, experts went to the Hainan, Wuhan, seafood market where the first infections were found. The vehicle carrying members of the lead group entered the fenced market, while the guard quickly blocked the way, preventing others from entering. Access to Hoa Nam market was severely restricted since the site was closed.

Before that, on the afternoon of January 17, Dr. Nguyen Viet Hung, co-leader of the Research Program on Human and Animal Health, International Institute for Livestock Research (ILRI), a member of WHO, shared with VnExpress: “Covid-19 causes too great consequences. If we find the source of the virus, we will understand more about the pandemic, helping to control the pandemic and better prevent future diseases”.

Experts in the WHO delegation left the hotel to conduct a field visit in Wuhan, February 1. Image: AP

According to WHO, the mission’s nCOV traceability plan is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (short-term study) learns more about how the virus invaded and spread in Wuhan. This is also the main task of the expert group. The team will consider all hypotheses and rely on information and scientific evidence to give the most accurate data.

Based on that scientific background and documentation, the expert group continues phase 2 (long-term study).

Up to now, China has limited disease outbreaks through rigorous testing and tracing. Residents are asked to wear masks in public. Authorities are willing to block a locality, even the whole city, if a positive case is found. New outbreaks have mainly occurred in the cold northeast. On February 1, the country recorded 33 new infections in three provinces.

However, China reported more than 2,000 Covid-19 patients in January alone. This is the highest number since the last epidemic peak in March 2020. Recently, two people died, for the first time in a few months.

Thuc Linh (According to the SCMP)


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More than 10,000 samples related to the Party Congress tested negative for nCoV

The staff of the hotel where delegates stay took the samples twice, from security guards, desk staff, booths, receptionists, and drivers. Some hotels have sampled nearly 800 people for testing. All are negative.

“Screening tests to ensure the highest level of safety in the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic”, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long emphasized when examining the medical work serving the National Congress of the Delegates. The XIII Party at the Party Central Office and 4 places are the accommodation and accommodation of the delegates attending the Congress, on January 23.

The Minister has checked the second sampling of officials and employees … serving the Congress; ensure epidemic prevention (temperature measurement, disinfection …) in the entry / exit area; preparation of medicines, hospital beds, equipment … in medical rooms, isolation rooms have been set up to serve delegates attending the representative …

The Hanoi Department of Health and related hospitals have arranged medical rooms, quarantine clusters when there is a suspicion of Covid-19, quarantine, test sampling as well as response scenarios. in an epidemic situation.

Minister Nguyen Thanh Long (middle) inspects the kitchen area serving delegates participating in the Party Congress. Image: Tran Minh.

Regarding the medical work for the Congress, Mr. Long affirmed that they were all placed with a very high level of warning. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health has set up 3 medical units including experts and leading professors from major hospitals, located at the My Dinh National Convention Center.

In the hotels, there are medical rooms (each place has a team of doctors, two nurses, an ambulance. About 500 health workers were mobilized to serve the congress, and major hospitals in Hanoi are also ready for collection and treatment.

XIII Congress of the Party took place from 25/1 to 2/2 in Hanoi. In which, the preparatory session was held on January 25; Official opening on January 26. The total number of delegates attending was 1,587, the most in 13 National Party Congress.


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The funeral home in California is overcrowded

AmericaIn the Covid-19 hotspot in Southern California, funeral homes were forced to turn down patient families because there were no vacancies.

The Association of Funeral Homes says overcrowding is occurring in most morgues, as the death toll from Covid-19 has reached 360,000 and continues to rise.

Magda Maldonado, director of the Continental Funeral Home in Los Angeles, said: “I’ve been in the funeral industry for 40 years and never thought this could happen, when I had to tell a family that ‘They are I can’t take in more bodies. ”

Currently, on average a day, this facility has to process 30 bodies, 6 times the normal frequency. Funeral directors were forced to contact each other to find other places to help them share their work, but received the same answer: “We can’t take any more”.

To deal with this, Maldonado rented additional 15-meter freezers for two of the four facilities she operates in Los Angeles and the surrounding states. Continental was also forced to delay shipping the body from hospital by a day or two due to the need to negotiate with local clients in advance.

An American family at a relative’s funeral at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, July 2020. Image: AP

Bob Achermann, executive director of the California Funeral House Directors Association, said the overall process of obtaining death certificates, handling corpses, burial, and cremation has been slow. Usually cremation takes place within a day or two, but now takes at least a week or even longer.

“The workload is huge and the funeral homes are afraid they won’t be able to keep up. The worst is still ahead,” Achermann said.

According to data from John Hopkins University, in the first week of 2021, the United States recorded an average of 2,637 Covid-19 deaths per day, which means one person dies every 33 seconds. Attempts to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of 2020 have failed, and the US faces a major challenge in fighting the epidemic.

December 2020 is considered the deadliest month in America since the virus broke out, with more than 77,000 people dead. The deaths are expected to increase in the coming time, as the number of patients hospitalized is higher.

Thuc Linh (According to the AP)


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Vietnam specializes in cancer research

The V-CART cancer research and technology support program started on 12/12, supporting in-depth research on oncology in Vietnam.

The program is an initiative of National Cancer Institute and K Hospital, with the aim of supporting scientists to conduct high-quality research and build a rich and reliable database system in Vietnam.

“The program sets the stage for new steps in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said at the kick-off ceremony, December morning.

Each year, V-CART program will select 20 excellent ideas. From January 2021, candidates can submit their research ideas to the National Cancer Research Institute. The quality committee then evaluates the idea and selects the most potential studies to support implementation. The author will receive professional advice and support from leading experts on cancer research in Vietnam and around the world.

Patients with esophageal cancer undergo laparoscopic surgery at K Hospital. Photo: Le Nga.

Each year, Vietnam records about 165,000 new cancer cases, 115,000 deaths. It is estimated that 40% of cancers are preventable, 30% can be cured if detected early and treated promptly.

Deputy Minister Thuan assessed that Vietnam has made many progress in diagnosis and treatment, but many cancers are still a big challenge. Lung and pancreatic cancer is classified in the group of cancers that are difficult to detect early. Most of the patients discovered the disease when it was in a late stage, the treatment did not make much sense.

Associate Professor Le Van Quang, Director of National K Hospital, said the number of patients coming for cancer examination and treatment has increased each year. The most common ones are lung, stomach, breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Notably, the trend of rejuvenation of cancer patients in Vietnam is very clear.

According to Mr. Quang, Vietnam always expects to set up a cancer map. Based on the epidemiological map, we can identify trends of cancers, from which there is a strategy for screening, early detection, and focusing on treatment to increase the rate of cure. However, there is currently no budget for synchronous implementation, the first breast cancer mapping will be forthcoming.

Hospital K is implementing three state-level studies on lung, pancreatic and oral cavity cancers. In addition, there are 5 ministry-level projects of research on other types of cancer.

Deputy Minister Thuan hopes that the program to support in-depth research on cancer for the first time in Vietnam will bring together domestic scientists. The program connects with the world to find effective methods for screening, early detection, early diagnosis, improving cure rate and quality of life for patients.

Le Nga