China has confirmed more than 2,700 cases of a new virus, with 80 deaths. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the illness first surfaced last month. More than 40 cases have been confirmed in other places with virtually all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently. … [Read more...] about China confirms 2,700 cases of virus, 40 counted elsewhere
On December 12 Pham Quang Hung, head of the international relations department at Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, said the ministry has joined hands with its Korean counterpart to investigate. It would first check if the students had gone to South Korea through illegal agents, he said. … [Read more...] about Why Vietnamese students end up working illegally in South Korea
Festival-goers will have the chance to enjoy unique folk singing, dancing and performing arts of Thái Bình, namely chèo performed by artists from Khuốc Village, Ông Đùng Bà Đà – a dance of legendary giants who created the Earth – and múa tứ linh – a dance of lions, dragons, phoenixes and tortoises to pray for prosperity, longevity, strength and happiness. … [Read more...] about Museum to host spring festival inspired by Thái Bình culture
Hanoi (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has sent a message of congratulations to Governor General David Hurley on the 232nd National Day of Australia (January 26). On the occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cabled a message of greetings to his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan congratulated President of the Senate Scott Ryan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent a congratulatory message to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. In the messages, the Vietnamese leaders congratulated Australia on its recent achievements in all spheres, and spoke highly of the country’s role and contributions to the Asian-Pacific region as well as the world. They affirmed their wish to strengthen cooperation to deepen the Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership./. … [Read more...] about Congratulations to Australia on National Day
"An outrageous escalation of the war is taking place," he said. "Look at these cables and see if they give anybody the occasion to say the answer is 'resources''. He added: "After $300bn and 10 years, the Taliban is stronger than they have ever been … We are recruiting for them." … [Read more...] about Daniel Ellsberg describes Afghan war logs as on a par with ‘Pentagon Papers’
Others point to a British case that took place during the drafting of the Constitution. Warren Hastings, a British official in India, was accused of mismanagement and other misconduct and was impeached by Parliament, although he was not accused of a crime. When he went to trial in 1788, his prosecutor, Edmund Burke, said Hastings was one who “by the abuse of power (has) violated the spirit of law” and must be held accountable. … [Read more...] about As impeachment trial resumes, key question is: Was a crime committed?
Why is this any worse than normal influenza? We don’t yet know how dangerous the new coronavirus is – and we won’t know until more data comes in. Eighty-one deaths out of 2,827 reported cases would mean a 3% mortality rate. However, this is likely to be a overestimate since there may be a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data. For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1% and is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. Sars had a death rate of more than 10%. Another key unknown, of which scientists should get a clearer idea in the coming weeks, is how contagious the coronavirus is. A crucial difference is that unlike flu, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or … [Read more...] about What is coronavirus and how worried should we be about it?
Hong Anh, a Hanoi resident, said she was looking for a mask at the stall ever since news broke a few days ago about the virus spreading to Vietnam. Many drugstores that sell medical and antibacterial masks were closed for Tet, so she went to the retail store to buy masks for the whole family. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus fears spur sales of face masks
IMAGE: A Chinese man wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street during the Chinese New Year holiday on January 26, in Beijing, China. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities put travel restrictions on the city, which is the epicenter of the virus, and neighboring municipalities affecting tens of millions of people. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images … [Read more...] about China’s Keqiang visits Wuhan as toll climbs to 80
Hanoi (VNA) – Southeast Asian nations have taken precautionary measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus as the outbreak is worsening in China and elsewhere. After an urgent meeting on January 26, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Azizah Wan Ismail affirmed that the coronavirus in Malaysia was still under control. The country’s Health Ministry was cooperating closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the health ministries of neighbouring countries on current developments. Malaysia has the capacity to deal with the 2019 n-CoV situation, she said, adding that Malaysians need to closely follow instructions by medical agencies and not to spread untrue or unverified information related to the disease. The Malaysian Health Ministry has also presented preparatory measures and responses in the face of the spread of the disease cluster, including detailed screening at all international entry points and closely monitoring at all coordinating levels, she … [Read more...] about ASEAN countries launch preventive measures against coronavirus