Hello, how are you? Are you traveling, or staying at home avoiding the coronavirus?

So, this is the 52nd day in the lunar calendar, as well our 52nd day of Tet Holiday like some people hilariously say. In other words, we have stayed at home for nearly 2 months, because of the epidemic.

I used to be optimistic, then becoming pessimistic recently, waking up with bad news about the virus everyday. Additionally, staying at home most of the time is just not good as well. Having nothing to do at home is quite boring. Therefore, I will write about coronavirus update here, so you can know about Vietnam situation just in case you planned to come to the country.

Let’s Start with Latest Coronavirus News Around the World on Mar 15

coronavirus update on news every hours
The world news about coronavirus

Today could be the worst day ever over this virus season, as the booming numbers of bad news of the epidemic and the international economy. To sum up:

  • At dawn on March 15, France ordered to close all restaurants, cinemas, shops, etc. except supermarkets, gas stations, banks, tobacco plants, newspapers, and pharmacies. Blockading part of the country.
    Furthermore, French Culture Minister has been infected by the coronavirus.
    The country has closed schools indefinitely.
  • The Italian Medical Association Chief died due to coronavirus at age 67.
  • Canada Prime Minister’s wife tested positive for COVID-19. He is also being quarantined.
  • In the morning of March 14, Poland officially closed the country. The police will patrol the country to make sure no one is on the street.
  • Australia Home Minister tested positive for coronavirus on Mar 13.
  • Senior Iranian Commander died of the Corona Virus yesterday, on Mar 13.
    Also, Iranian Deputy Health Minister is infected. Many Iranian politicians, and an adviser to Iran‘s Foreign Minister died of coronavirus 2 weeks ago.
  • Spain, on Mar 13, issued an order to close all shops in the country’s capital.
  • The United States President Donald Trump, on Mar 14 declared, a state of emergency throughout the United States.
    One day later, the US declared Donald Trump negative with the virus. Nevertheless, there were many questions raised as he came into direct contact with many leaders who had been infected with COVID-19 before.
  • Also on March 14, Tim Cook said the closure of more than 400 Apple stores worldwide, leaving 42 stores in China until Mar 27.
  • Korea and China announced the peak of the epidemic, stopping the spread of viruses in these two countries.
  • Czech just announced to close borders from Mar 16 to stop coronavirus spreading. Alongside banning foreign travellers from entering the country.
  • Russia blocked the entrance of Poland and Norway to prevent coronavirus.
  • Colombia closed Venezuela’s door to stop the virus.
  • Denmark announced the closure of its border for 4 weeks.
  • Many of the most advanced countries in the world are unable to cure any 1 case of COVID-19 such as Brazil, Finland, Qatar, Iceland, Ireland, Poland, Czech, Chile,…
  • COVID-19 virus has attacked Africa. Increasing the total of 146 countries infected by this coronavirus.
  • England is the only country in the world currently indifferent to the virus. They claim to have a different anti-epidemic response to the world.
  • Stated by Lawrence Wong on CNASingapore Minister for National Development, “People who enter Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland or the United Kingdom will be issued with a 14-day stay-home notice”. This action will live starting from 23:59 on Mar 16.
  • Hong Kong will impose a 14-day quarantine on travellers from the United States, Britain, and Ireland at arrival.

Totally, in the coronavirus update till 17:00 on Mar 15, we’ve got about 157,300 infected cases worldwide with 5,844 people died.

And the 52nd Day of Tet Holiday in Vietnam

Vietnamese song raises awareness of protection from coronavirus
A screen in the song ‘Ghen Cô Vy’ used to raise awareness of Vietnamese people about self-protection over the coronavirus. The song was featured on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight

My country has taken very early actions toward the virus from spreading widely. Therefore, Vietnam is currently in better situation than other countries. Nonetheless, it’s still not good at all.

Today, on Mar 15, Vietnam just had an announcement to close all the clubs, hotels, restaurants, karaoke, entertainment venues, etc. throughout district 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The country is also refusing all the European passports from entering. A series of flights to Vietnam will be cancelled after Mar 15, except for those Vietnamese returning to their homeland. Another good news, a thousand of trucks with goods are able to pass the border to China. And finally, the gas price is gonna drop to about VND 16,000 tomorrow compared to the highest VND 21,000 last Dec.

Ok, My Coronavirus Diary Start Here

Day 52nd

I wake up seeing coronavirus update about positive case 54th in my country. It’s quite hard to know that the number increases everyday.

As usual, I will have breakfast at a restaurant with my wife, or my parents. But today, we decided to eat something at our home, avoid going out as much as possible. Indeed, me and my wife have stayed at home nearly the whole day, except when we quickly go out for balut in the afternoon.

Yes, we did try staying at home the whole day but it’s really boring. That’s why I think of writing this diary, trying to make something in a day. Anyways, my wife made me a truly delicious Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup in her style. And it made my day!

Vietnam Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup
The Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup that made my 52nd day

Day 54th

I woke up with the number 61, and going to bed with the number 66, if you know what I mean. Especially, there are 3 positive cases that happened in my city. Yes, I’m more worried when going out now. But honestly, I have been outdoor for half of today, running around to both relax and for my business.

At the same time, Canada closes its border to other countries, making it hard for me to send some stuff to my sister there. I know, it’s quite bad. Until I found a Tweet from SLCPD request criminal activities and nefarious behaviour to stop during coronavirus epidemic. OK, it’s SLCPD who made my 54th day. Thank you!

SLCPD Tweet requests criminal activities and nefarious behavior to stop in coronavirus epidemic

Day 56th

Yesterday, my government agreed to close the borders. They planned to run the last flights taking Vietnamese from countries around the world, who want to come back, home. I think it’s quite a smart move in this emergency situation because most positive cases in my country are from people who lived or travelled abroad.

Today, the number rises to 76, with 10 positive cases found on the same day. That’s the very first time it happens, and of course, it’s significantly worse. My government starts calling people to support by donating resources so we all get over the coronavirus. That’s looked great. I can see a big bond of everybody together contribute to beat the virus. Evenly, there are hotels, and resorts willing to contribute their space as places for quarantine.

Alongside, more than 7,000 Vietnamese who lived abroad now going home. Although some of them do not like the government, they come back to earn the free treatment, or a better environment of health protection toward COVID-19. I hear stories from my mom about her friend’s daughter is worrying as she isn’t able to go back to Vietnam. Another story with a boy struggling to find his way home from Europe. And my kin is on his flight going back to the home country, but not sure if everything ‘s going well.

That’s quite a lot of news in this coronavirus time. Last but not least, I grew a kind of Japanese lotus from its seed but seemed like the tree died. That’s so sad as well.

My lotus tree at the moment. It’s dead, tho?

Day 59th

Fortunately, my wife’s cooking skill is really good. Hence, I have done well social-distancing staying at home for nearly a week. Honestly, I got out of the home a few times, but it was just really quick.

On the other hand, today’s number is 113, after 14 newest cases found at the end of the day, as the latest coronavirus update. Most of them are people who just came back to the country from England, France, or countries with booming infected cases. Gladly, there is one positive one that has been cured, and I believe more patients will be good the days after.

At the same time, our government decided to stop all the international flights going to Vietnam. It’s now hard for any Vietnamese who want to come back home. Even so, they can still ask for support from Vietnamese Gov Officers at the countries so they will be arranged flights to go home. Hopefully, they can enjoy delicious Vietnamese foods soon.

A dinner with Vietnamese cuisine
A dinner with Vietnamese cuisine, cooked by my wife

Day 61st

I quickly got out of home for a new haircut, as our government just made a critical move, calling all the barbershop, spa, massage, billiard club, restaurant or coffee shop with space for more than 30 people, etc. to close after 6 p.m today. Hence, I decided to have a good look even I’m social-distancing. Who knows, how long this pandemic may go?

On the same day, the Vietnamese government decided to stop exporting rice starting from 0h Mar 24th. That’s truly the best action to prevent food shortage inside the country at this time. Big claps for our dear Prime Minister. But anyway, the number of infected cases in the country, of course, rose. But anyway, again, the increase is not so significant, and my country will definitely defeat the coronavirus.

Day 66th

It could be the biggest and happiest day of my life today. Then sadly, the coronavirus outbreak has taken it all. If you ask me how I think about this pandemic? Then yes, my answer will be “I f*cking hate this bloody coronavirus!”. It destroyed all of my beautiful plans for this year, which should be the foundation for many things I intended to do.

Ok, so as the latest coronavirus update, there are 188 infected cases with 25 healed people. Therefore, I see that a good sign. Alongside, my Gov has taken very strong actions that require to stop all non-related businesses to the basic needs of human. Even so, the restaurants are only allowed for taking-away. Most public transports stoped. There are just a few shippers on the road to support people doing social-distancing. And some people are rushing to supermarkets to stock foods. Besides that, the gas price today drops dramatically to 12,000 VND/litre, it’s great!

And here’s my dinner today with family. Thanks to the virus, I’m gaining weight everyday. Sh*t!

Vietnamese dinner in coronavirus time, day 66th

Day 69th – The First Day People are Asked for Lockdown in the First COVID-19 Year

Truly, our country is going on the third phase of the pandemic. Meaning both the Government and people concern this virus extremely significant. We are asked to stay at home, in the lockdown stage, for 15 days to completely defeat the COVID-19 nationwide. Each province is now separated to treat itself, limiting the interaction of people together. Even the transportation of goods, buses or cars is now hard to go to other areas.

It’s very hard to find good news these days. As the latest coronavirus update, the infected cases in our country go to the number 222. Fortunately, there are 63 recovered victims. So that’s a little sunlight at the end of the road.

On the news, there are stories showing my lovely, bonding country. Many people donate to the nation so we have the budget for treatment of the virus. Everyone is thinking of ways to support each other, both in foods, and the economy. For instance, last year students of Medical University volunteer to support the country in treating the victims. The others help by cleaning rooms at dormitories for quarantine. Some give free foods for people in need. And a lot more nice stories to say.

Ok, and me in my social-distancing, growing the vegetables and trees. And here they are:

So here I grow vegetables
And here’s my chilli tree

Day 74 – Normal Life is Coming?

Today is Apr 6, it’s two continuous days that I wake up with no news of infected victims. It seems great! Perhaps the extreme actions of the Government are now effective.

Indeed, more and more decisions are released by the Government. Hanoian, how we call people lived in the capital city, is now need permission to go out more than 200m from their home. Hai Phong and Danang provinces require visitors from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to pay for all costs of quarantine if they go to the 2 cities. I think that’s good to push people to stay at home.

Particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, on the 5th day of highly social-distancing, people are significantly uncomfortable. Or at least that’s what going on me. As a result, many people get outdoors. Some even go to the traditional markets, where normally have a lot of people gathering. Don’t ask why I know. Honestly, I just went out in a short time to deliver my products sold to customers, and I saw those things on the way…

Day 85 – 5 More Days to Go

We should be turned back to our normal routine. The country’s biggest company has the license to produce the ventilator. That’s a very good news. Nevertheless, in the North of Vietnam, there are still a few infected cases, like 1 – 2 cases a day, according to the news’ coronavirus update. As a result, our Government decided to expand the highly social-distancing one more week.

I’m not sure if it’s a good decision as I see people are uncomfortable for being at home too long. For instance, now, there are a lot of people riding motorbikes on the road. Traffic jam is coming back.

Alongside, me and my wife share the same feeling. We have quite many plans to do after this. Then the extension pending it all. It makes our discomfort improves day by day, despite we are trying many ways to enhance our feelings. All we simply want now is a short trip traveling our of the city, to the beach or the mountain. I’m breathless now!

Day 90 – FINALLY!

Ok, my hair is long now but yes, finally, we are going to normal life again. HURAAAY!

Even though there is the coronavirus pandemic happening in other countries, and we don’t have the vaccine yet, our government decides to remove the highly social-distancing so businesses in particular, and the economy in general can keep running. That’s a very good sign as we have stayed in that stage for 3 weeks long, the whole day at home.

At this moment, following the latest coronavirus update, in Vietnam, we have 270 infected cases with 225 people healed, and no one died. This is awesome! Now I can go to the barbershop, and travel again to other provinces. And you, do you consider traveling to my safe country, Vietnam?

Thank you a lot to the doctors, the nurses, and anyone who is at the frontline fighting with the bloody virus!

I found this pic on my Linkedin’s feed. I think it’s very impressive to show my and any Vietnamese people gratitude to the people at the frontline. They are awesome!

So how is your day in this coronavirus time? You can share to me and everyone here in the comment of this post. I really want to know.

Have a great day, and stay safe!


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24 BÌNH LUẬN

  1. In my country, there was a surge in the number of people being COVID positive. As of yesterday evening, there are 140 confirmed cases and 12 deaths. My husband wants to play it down, and he said part of this is media hype. Well, I said, “I’d rather be paranoid than to have that nasty virus infect any member of my family.” Stay safe. We will get through this.

    • That is so bad seeing the numbers increase significantly everyday. Be safe. Have you prepare enough for your family to stay at home in weeks?

  2. I live in Spain and we currently also can´t leave homes unless it´s an emergency. Can´t imaging staying at home for nearly 2 months, but it is also quite a possibility here right now, as the cases only increase!

    • I read in news and see that Spain is extremely significant right now. Please be careful for yourself and people around. All the best!

    • So bad hearing your country Prime Minister’s wife was infected.
      Is everyone in use mask to protect themselves? Please be careful!

    • I hear on the news that this virus is affecting more critical on people who have lung disease. So please be careful about yourself! Better to stay at home if possible. All the best

  3. The situation is getting out of hand and now everyone is concerned. Stay well, and I have heard the song and it is brilliant. I will share this with my friends. @ knycx.journeying

  4. we are also experiencing community quarantine here, while some major cities have enhanced community quarantine, and people are advised to work from home. no more going out. thanks for sharing us your update. 🙂

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