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The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew
Romero says Pima County reported had a record-high 944 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. Earlier Tuesday, state health officials reported 10,322 new known coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths around Arizona. Colorado has been hit with a substantial spike in COVID-19 cases, with one in 41 residents believed to be contagious. Andy Beshear announced 4,151 more virus cases statewide and 35 additional virus-related deaths. They wrote a letter to Reeves on Nov. 24 calling for another statewide mask mandate.
Asia Today: Vietnam reports 1st local infection in 89 days
HANOI – Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after discovering the country's first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. The new case ended Vietnam’s streak of 89 days without any known local transmission of the virus. The country has reported 1,347 coronavirus cases, including 35 deaths. — Coronavirus quarantine restrictions will continue in the Philippine capital during the Christmas season in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation. Duterte lamented that many people still defy social restrictions such as the use of face masks and warned of a possible resurgence of the virus.
Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights
In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc set a basic agreement allowing Japan to export defense equipment and technology to Vietnam. Japan has been pursuing such pacts in recent years to bolster ties with Southeast Asia and sustain its own defense industry. Phuc said the peace and stability of the South China Sea should be protected by the rule of law, not unilaterally by force or threats. The two sides also agreed to ease entry bans and allow short-term business visits and reopen flights between Vietnam and Japan. The country is seeking to improve its maritime defenses amid China’s continuing development and militarization of artificial islands in contested waters of the South China Sea.
History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers' eyes
In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo Gunnar Dedio, German film producer and managing director of PROGRESS Film GmbH poses for a photo between rolls of film in the archive of PROGRESS Film, in Leipzig, Germany. A new project is underway to digitize thousands of East German newsreels, documentaries and feature films 30 years after Germanys reunification. The East German Augenzeuge, or Eyewitness, newsreel on the Kennedy visit trumpeted the prank as a triumph, scoffing that the American president got an “unexpected surprise instead of the great view into the East German capital promised by his Secret Service” and allegedly had to cut his visit from “20 minutes to five." Germany was divided into four occupation zones after World War II, the Soviet-influenced East Germany and West Germany's American, British and French sectors. In 1950, the year after East Germany was established as a country, the authorities formed another company, Progress, as a state monopoly to distribute DEFA films and to import foreign productions.
The Latest: Vietnam to resume int'l flights, but not tourism
(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)Vietnam will resume international commercial flights connecting the country to several Asian destinations starting Friday, after a monthslong shutdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The flights, however, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors and their families. The flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to destinations in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan will operate weekly, the government website announced. Flights connecting Vietnam's two largest cities with Cambodia and Laos will resume next week. Vietnam shut down international flights on April 1.
Asia Today: Vietnam to resume international flights
(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)HANOI – Vietnam will resume international commercial flights connecting the country to several Asian destinations starting Friday, after a monthslong shutdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Flights connecting the cities with Cambodia and Laos will resume next week. The flights, however, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors and their families. Vietnam shut down international flights on April 1. Vietnam has reported 1,059 cases of the coronavirus.
Vietnam reports more than 3 dozen new cases, 3rd death
People wait in line for COVID-19 test in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, July 31, 2020. Vietnam reported on Friday the country's first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)HANOI Vietnam reported more than three dozen new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, while a third person died of COVID-19 complications a day after the country reported its first-ever death from the disease. Da Nang is Vietnams most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation. Of the 40 new cases reported Saturday, 32 are from Da Nang hospitals and six are from local community transmissions in the city.
Vietnam reports 3rd death, more cases linked to hospital
All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases in the past week, more than half of them patients. Da Nang is Vietnams most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation. On Saturday morning, the Health Ministry confirmed 12 more cases, all linked to the hospital. But a week ago an outbreak began at Da Nang Hospital. It is for me and for the community," said Pham Thuy Hoa, a banking official who recently went to Da Nang for a family vacation.
Vietnam reports 1st ever virus death after renewed outbreak
People wait in line for COVID-19 test in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, July 31, 2020. Vietnam reported on Friday the country's first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. Da Nang is Vietnams most popular beach destination, and thousands of visitors were in the city for summer vacation. But a week ago an outbreak began at Da Nang Hospital. Da Nang was put under lockdown on Tuesday and testing and business restrictions increased in other areas.
129 Vietnam virus patients repatriated; local spread widens
A health worker disinfects arriving Vietnamese COVID-19 patients at the national hospital of tropical diseases in Hanoi, Vietnam on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The 129 patients who were working in Equatorial Guinea were brought home in a repatriation flight for treatment of the coronavirus. For more than three months until recently, all confirmed coronavirus cases in Vietnam have come from overseas, like the Vietnamese repatriated from Africa. But the virus has recently resumed spreading within Vietnam, starting from a hospital in the popular beach city of Da Nang. Prior to the patients' arrival, the hospital cleared out its 500 beds to treat the new cases, state broadcaster VTV said.