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Warnings Against "Immunity Passports"; Vietnam`s Corona Virus Control Efforts; A Map of the Moon; Ice Fishing in South Korea
Aired April 27, 2020 - 04:00 ET
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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Thank you for taking 10 minutes for our objective explanation of world news. This is CNN 10 and I`m Carl Azuz,
always good to have you watching. We start off the week with a bit of a follow up to a story we covered last week about possible herd immunity in
Sweden. When there`s vaccine for a disease like corona virus, herd immunity can occur when enough people have gotten it, recovered from it and
are then immune to it. A Swedish disease expert said there are signs of herd immunity appearing around the capital Stockholm, but one of the
challenges of the new corona virus is that it`s still mysterious.
There`s a lot that researchers don`t know about it and the World Health Organization, which is part of the United Nations, says just because people
have recovered from COVID-19 does not mean they`re immune to it. Some governments around the world are considering giving out "immunity
passports" to people who`ve recovered from corona virus. This would let them continue with normal life without as many restrictions as other people
might have. But the World Health Organization says that`s not a good idea because it doesn`t have proof that surviving COVID-19 means people are safe
from getting it again.
Is it possible that they are? Yes. But researchers don`t know if the antibodies people may have give complete or just partial protection from
corona virus and they don`t know how long those antibodies will stick around in someone`s system. These are the reasons why many health
officials are telling people to continue keeping their distance from others even if they`ve had corona virus and made a full recovery. We`ve talked
about several country`s different responses to this pandemic. In southeastern Asia, Vietnam has reported relatively few cases of corona
virus. Like China, Vietnam is a communist country who`s government controls all of its media and limit`s the freedom of its people, but if its
official numbers are accurate Vietnam is seeing success in combating corona virus.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Vietnam a country of 97 million people and less than 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths. That`s the official figure
from the government and that has caught the attention of experts and the international media. The World Health Organization attributes Vietnam`s
apparent success in beating back the virus to the communist states ability to get the public to cooperate including mass quarantines, lockdowns,
mandatory social distancing and aggressive contact tracing and testing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: Vietnam`s strategy in the fight against COVID-19 was remote and early prevention. Even before the pandemic got
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The first two cases of the virus were detected in January. Authorities immediately suspended flights to Wuhan, then the
ground zero of the pandemic, and closed the border with China to all but essential trade and travel. In addition, aggressive contact tracing began
relying on grassroots communist party networks in neighborhoods. Here`s how one Hanoi resident put it. "We go to each and every alley, knocking on
each and every door. We follow the guidance from our government that fighting the pandemic is like fighting our enemy."
Easing the restrictions came after no new confirmed case was reported in about a week but the authorities here insist the crisis is not over. In
fact, a town in the province of Ha Giang, close to the Chinese border was locked down earlier this month after one case of the virus was detected.
Restrictions also remain on two villages near the capital Hanoi according to state media. Hanoi residents welcome the easing of restrictions but
this man reminding people not to let down their guard.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE TRANSLATED: The social distancing has been eased but this outbreak is unpredictable. Therefore we cannot anticipate anything.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In the mean time, many here just happy that as semblance of normality is back.
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AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Who was the last? Eugene Cernan, Jack Swigert, Michael Collins, or
Yuri Gagarin. In 1972, Gene Cernan left the last human footprint on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission.
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AZUZ: In the northeastern part of South Korea, there`s a county named Pyeongchang, you might remember hearing about it from the 2018 Winter
Olympics there. It was one of the coldest Olympics on record and Pyeongchang is famous for another reason that isn`t an Olympic sport but
still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. It typically starts in late December and runs through January and it`s the next stop in our series
of virtual vacations.
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ISA SOARES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Pyeongchang in the winter is a place of snowy revery and frigid landscapes. At an average elevation of
750 meters and temperatures dropping as low as -10 degrees, this is one of the coldest regions in all of South Korea. But that doesn`t stop people
from flocking to the frozen Lanchang stream and enjoying one of the country`s most beloved wintertime activities, ice fishing. In preparation
for the fishing bonanza, some 3,800 holes are drilled into an 80 acre stretch of the frozen river. Throughout the year, the cold and clear
waters of Pyeongchang provide the ideal conditions for raising trout.
Between December and February, those farmed raised trout are released through the hole drilled into the frozen river. This year more than 40
centimeters thick. Then, anglers of all ages drop their colorful lures into the same holes and wait. Thirty-six year old Im Jong Sok (ph) has
been going to the trout festival for just two years but he`s developed a knack for luring his speckled prey. Less than a minute after casting his
bait, Im (ph) feels a tell tale tug on his rod. Seems, he`s caught a beauty. A flurry of activity in an otherwise quiet part of South Korea.
Young and old bundled up and in pursuit of some winter fun and perhaps some lunch too. Isa Soares, CNN.
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AZUZ: It`s not uncommon for a new sports stadium to cost more than $1 billion to construct but it`s not everyday they look like this. At a
projected final cost of $1.7 billion, construction has started on what will be the world`s largest stadium devoted only to soccer. Capacity, 100,000
people. It will be located in southeastern China and is set to open by the end of 2022. The distinctive lotus flower design was created by an
American architect. I like that idea for U.S. college football stadiums.
For instance, you could have the Louisville Cardinal flower, the Texas "Longstem", the Mississippi "Lilly of the Valley" State. How about the
California "Golden Button" or the Georgia Tech "Yellow Sage". The Kentucky "Wildflower" and Arizona State "Sunflower" would be nice but it would be
tough to beat the Notre Dame "Fighting Iris". Woo. All right. Tiverton High School, the Tigers are generally good sports about our puns. They`re
watching from Tiverton, Rhode Island and subscribing to our YouTube channel. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.