Bureau Bites is a regular “pod-bite” bringing you news and stories from Vietnam and the region.
As of March 25, the Vietnamese Government reported that there has been a total of 141 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak, with 17 of those having fully recovered already, which leaves 124 cases, with 93 of those being Vietnamese and the rest foreign.
It’s a very impressive result so far, indeed, although those numbers have risen since this recording.
According to the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, “the virus is somewhere near everyone, thus anyone may contract it and transmit it to others if we do not seriously abide by official instructions.”
One of the best-known directives the world over is for people to social distance and stay home, easier said than done if you don’t have anything fulfilling to do.
One person in Saigon who’s been keeping himself occupied with a side project for quite a while now, is Doru Tudose.
By night he’s a DJ, but by day, he’s building his own electric car.
We ask Doru the following questions:
1. How’s the social distancing going?
2. Tell us more about your electric car.
3. What does the average Saigonese need to do to help the environment?
4. What impact has COVID-19 had on nightlife in Saigon and how will it affect it in the long term?
5. Who should we be listening to at the moment while we’re practising our social distancing?
6. Do you have a playlist for social distancing that we can share on thebureauasia.com?!
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Produced by Matthew Cowan. Follow Matt on Instagram at @mattcowansaigon
Edited by Melanie Casul. Mel is The Bureau’s Content Manager. Follow her on Instagram at @melaniecasul
Special thanks to Doru Tudose. Follow Doru on Instagram at @drewtudose
Feature photo from Facebook by MyYen Kang