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At present, testing samples of pesticide residues on Vietnam’s longans come up to the stringent requirements set out by these demanding markets.

Hai Duong province’s Chi Linh city has a total of 673 hectares of growing area specifically for longan, of which four codes, equivalent to 43 hectares, have been granted for export to demanding markets globally.

Currently, longans at gardens throughout the region are being sold at VND15,000 per kilo, double the price elsewhere in the domestic market.

Hai Duong province is home to approximately 2,100 hectares of longan cultivation area, with this year’s output set to reach over 10,000 tonnes.

This year the locality features longan cultivation areas of over 50 hectares that are eligible to export to demanding markets.

According to Luong Thi Kiem, Director of Plant Protection Sub-Department under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, local farmers have been instructed to take particular care of longan trees in an effort to prevent pest species. This step can be considered a necessity to meet acceptable levels of pesticide residue set by import markets, in addition to applying advanced techniques in terms of the farming process.

As the longan harvest season is in full swing, local businesses are purchasing the fruit for export. Red Dragon Production and Trading Services Co., Ltd from Ho Chi Minh City alone planned to buy between three and eight tonnes of longan each day for shipments to Singapore, Europe, and Australia.

Only 20 returnees from Equatorial Guinea test positive for COVID-19.

All 219 Vietnamese workers who returned to Vietnam from Equatorial Guinea on July 29th have been tested and only 20 of them positive for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Vietnamese citizens were brought home from Equatorial Guinea (Photo: VNA)

The information was released by Deputy Director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases Nguyen Trung Cap.

All 20 COVID-19 patients are now in good health.

The Vietnamese workers had been stranded in the African country, with initial information asserting that nearly half of them already confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Mr. Cap explained that many of the workers were confirmed to be suffering from COVID-19 in Equatorial Guinea but had tested negative now possibly because they had recovered from the disease.

However, health care workers are still cautious and strictly deploying disease preventive measures to avoid risks of cross-infection, he said.

He added that all nine critical patients in the group, including six patients with lung damage and three with malaria, had seen their conditions improve.

The 219 workers, the flight crew of eight and four health care workers who escorted the repatriation flight were taken into quarantine at the Kim Chung branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases right after their arrival at Noi Bai International Airport.

Earlier, all patients at the hospital were moved to the hospital's campus in downtown Hanoi to make room for, and to be safe from a large number of coronavirus carrying returnees.

Of the 219 Vietnamese guest workers returning to Hanoi from Equatorial Guinea on July 29th, just 20 have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, far fewer than expected, said the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

According to Dr. Nguyen Trung Cap, deputy director of the hospital, nine patients are currently in a challenging situation, with six of them showing signs of lung damage and three suffering from malaria.

The remaining 11 positive COVID-19 cases are now in stable condition.

Two more COVID-19 deaths recorded in Vietnam

A 62-year-old female patient and a 65-year-old male patient, both in Da Nang hotspot, died of serious underlying health conditions and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing Vietnam’s death toll to eight, the Ministry of Health reported on August 4.

COVID-19 patients are being treated in Da Nang city (Photo: 

The patient, numbered 426 received treatment at the Da Nang Hospital from July 18- 27 and on August 1, she was put on a ventilation with her health in critical condition.

According to Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son said the patient suffered hypotension, multi-organ failure, infection, and intoxication.

The patient died on the early morning of August 4 with causes of end-stage chronic renal failure, septic shock, multiple organ failure.

Patient 496 was diagnosed with end-stage chronic renal failure, hemodialysis, and sepsis.

The patient was treated at the Nephrology Department of Da Nang Hospital for 5 months and discharged from hospital on July 24. On July 28, he tested positive for the SARS-COV-2 with shortness of breath and was placed on a ventilation.

His death was confirmed at 8:30 am the same day with causes of end-stage chronic renal failure, sepsis, acute heart failure and COVID-19.

Up to August 4 morning, the country has recorded 652 coronavirus infections, with 251 positive cases and 8 fatalities.

Since the recurrence of the virus among the community on July 25, Da Nang has recorded the highest number of infections with 142, becoming the pandemic’s latest epicenter in Vietnam, followed by neighbouring Quang Nam with 44.

Some patients are at high risk of fatality due to severe underlying health issues and old age, Son noted./.

Compiled by BTA