Vietnam Latest News on 05/05/2021

Bangkok sets up COVID-19 field hospital, Cambodia reports daily record of infections

04/05/2021 16:53

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) opened the first field intensive care unit (ICU) facility on May 4.

The Chaloem Phra Kiat Stadium in Thung Khru district was converted into a field hospital, which is able to receive up to 432 patients, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang posted on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Laos announced additional 60 infections logged in the past 24 hours, bringing the nation’s tally to 1,026./.

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Fresh COVID-19 outbreak dents tourism industry

05/05/2021 17:43

Concerns over COVID-19 forced Nguyen Thuy Quynh from Hanoi to cancel her family trip to the north central province of Thanh Hoa for the Reunification Day (April 30) and Labour Day (May 1) holiday which lasted four days from April 29 to May 2.

Quynh said she had booked a hotel for her family near Sam Son beach two weeks ago but decided to postpone the trip.

In addition, local authorities postponed several cultural and sports programmes, including the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival, to ensure safety./.

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Illegal Chinese immigrants arrested in coronavirus hotspot of Vinh Phuc province

05/05/2021 05:18

Illegal Chinese immigrants were found residing at three locations on Ngo Gia Tu, Nguyen Van Chat and Nguyen Cong Tru streets in Vinh Phuc province.

Over 50 allegedly-illegal Chinese immigrants have just been arrested in Vinh Phuc as the northern province is reeling from a new coronavirus outbreak.

At the time of writing, the country has recorded 2,996 Covid-19 cases, with 35 deaths; 387 of them still active.

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Vietnam checks all immigrants amid fresh coronavirus outbreak

05/05/2021 14:47

Half of Covid-19 infections in Vietnam are imported.

Vietnam will carry out thorough screening of all immigrants in the face of the fresh coronavirus outbreak in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at a meeting on May 4.

Accordingly, forces in the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri are engaging in the border check with Laos while the Southwestern province of An Giang, Long An, Dong Thap, Tay Ninh, and Kien Giang are checking the movements in roads and waterways.

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Numerous Vietnamese students begin stay home over latest Covid-19 outbreak

04/05/2021 14:32

Closing schools is one of tough measures that Vietnam has taken to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ten cities and provinces across Vietnam have decided to close schools from May 4 in order to curb the infection of novel coronavirus-caused respiratory sickness.

Since April 29, Vietnam has recorded 36 community transmission cases in Ha Nam, Hanoi, Hung Yen, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Vinh Phuc, following over a month with no community transmission.

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Humanitarian Month 2021 launched for a safe community

05/05/2021 17:25

NDO – A ceremony was held by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) in Hanoi on May 5 to launch Humanitarian Month 2021 with the theme “For a Safe Community”.

This year’s Humanitarian Month is taking place from May 1-31 with a wide range of practical activities to encourage the whole society to join hands to build a community of solidarity, compassion, health and safety in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Also at the launching ceremony, the VRCS in Hanoi received funding worth over VND11 billion from associations and enterprises in the city to assist in the deployment of projects to support from 7,000 to 8,000 needy people; and build or repair 69 Red Cross houses.

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Risk of COVID-19 outbreak due to illegal immigration

05/05/2021 13:03

NDO - In recent days, further new COVID-19 infections have been reported in the country. Notably, through epidemiological investigation as well as the tracking and contact of health agencies, the police defined that they were all foreigners or those had contact with foreigners.

This has really become a serious and worrying issue, especially with the series of illegal immigration cases that have just been discovered. On May 2, the police from the districts of Cau Giay and Nam Tu Liem, in collaboration with the professional departments of the Hanoi Police, detected 46 Chinese illegal entries who were renting nine rooms in the Florence apartment at 28 Tran Huu Duc Street, Cau Dien Ward, Nam Tu Liem District. The police are fighting to clarify the "hole" that let Chinese people enter the country illegally. The Security and Investigation Agency of the City Police has just prosecuted two women who rented an apartment and then brought dozens of Chinese people in. Their motive was the benefit of hundreds of millions of Vietnamese dong from these Chinese subjects’ illegal acts.

It is also essential to enhance the state management of security and order, especially in residential management, foreigner management, and the management of investment and business sectors in terms of security and security. The relevant agencies should pay great attention to grasping the situation of households and people and solving security situation in the local area, while conducting the coordination of patrol forces, notably with the locals, such that each citizen becomes a "scout" in the fight against the epidemic.

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More than 100 people fined for not wearing face masks in city

04/05/2021 17:42

Hanoi has to tighten the enforcement of quarantine procedure to prevent the spreading of novel coronavirus.

As many as 110 people, including foreigners, were fined VND300 million (US$13,800) for not wearing masks in Ha Noi’s Hoan Kiem district during the four-day holiday from April 29 to May 2, according to Bui Van Dang, deputy head of the district’s police department.

Anh said all hospitals in the city must set up rapid reaction teams to confront the high risk of Covid-19 disease spreading.

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Alibaba.com to inject new energy to Vietnamese SMEs in digitalisation

05/05/2021 10:26

HÀ NỘI — Alibaba.com, the global business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform of Alibaba Group has organised an online summit to offer Việt Nam 'The New Boom' products and services to accelerate Vietnamese SMEs in digitalisation.

Amid the pandemic, Alibaba.com took initiatives in April 2020 to support Vietnamese SMEs and SMEs around the world to digitise their business, and recover. Since then, Alibaba.com witnessed growing demand on the platform and more businesses are now digitised.

The New Boom in products and services which Alibaba.com offered for the Việt Nam market in 2021 will support Vietnamese SMEs in three aspects, including e-commerce solutions, localised and problem-solving services and a business ecosystem that fuels SME growth. — VNS

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Vietnam futsal team gets Covid-19 jab ahead of World Cup playoff

05/05/2021 17:28

All members of the Vietnam national futsal team have got their Covid-19 jabs prior to the World Cup playoffs in the United Arab Emirates. -

The vaccination took place Wednesday at the 175 Military Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Vaccinated members of the national futsal team include players, coaches and staff.

The other playoff match is between Iraq and Thailand. Two winners of the playoff will qualify for Futsal World Cup 2021 in Lithuania, scheduled to take place from September 12 to October 3.

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Sunny Club staff in Vĩnh Phúc infected with Indian coronavirus variant: health ministry

04/05/2021 17:45

HÀ NỘI — Staff working at Sunny Club in the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc contracted the Indian variant of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology took samples of COVID-19 patients in Vĩnh Phúc, Hà Nam, Hưng Yên and Hà Tĩnh provinces to trace the origin of the virus.

Schools in Yên Bái City, Nghĩa Lộ Town, Văn Chấn and Trấn Yên districts of northern Yên Bái Province and Hà Nam Province will remain shut until May 9.

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New films face losses cinemas ordered to close amid new COVID-19 cases

05/05/2021 08:06

By Thu Anh

HCM CITY — Cinemas in Hà Nội and HCM City, the two biggest markets in the country, closed on May 3 until further notice after new COVID-19 community cases were confirmed.

“Lật Mặt:48 Giờ contains thrilling action scenes filmed at floating markets, and on boats and ferries,” said Trần Hoàng Anh, a fan in HCM City. VNS

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Vietnam reports 26 new COVID-19 cases on May 5 evening

05/05/2021 19:46

Vietnam recorded 26 new COVID-19 cases, including eight imported and 18 domestically-transmitted infections in the past 12 hours to 6pm on May 5, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.

The domestically-transmitted infections include one case in central Quang Nam province, one in the capital city of Hanoi, one in southern Dong Nai province, one in northern Hai Duong province and 14 others at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi’s Dong Anh district.

The hospital was requested to devise plans to maintain its medical checkup and treatment for inpatients who are currently quarantined and treated at the facility./.

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Fresh COVID-19 outbreak dents tourism industry

05/05/2021 09:16

HÀ NỘI — Concerns over COVID-19 forced Nguyễn Thuý Quỳnh from Hà Nội to cancel her family trip to the northern province of Thanh Hóa for the Reunification Day (April 30) and Labour Day (May 1) holiday which lasted four days from April 29 to May 2.

Quỳnh said she had booked a hotel for her family near Sầm Sơn beach two weeks ago but decided to postpone the trip.

In addition, local authorities postponed several cultural and sports programmes, including the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival, to ensure safety. – VNS

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Reference exchange rate continues to rise

05/05/2021 09:24

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,176 VND per USD on May 5, up 2 VND from the rate on the previous day.

With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applied to commercial banks during the day is 23,871 VND/USD and the floor rate 22,481 VND/USD.

Meanwhile, Vietinbank set the buying rate at 22,955 VND/USD and the selling rate at 23,165 VND/USD, both up 5 VND./.

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Vietnam presents Laos with US$500,000 and medical equipment in COVID-19 fight

04/05/2021 16:26

NDO – A presentation ceremony was held at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Laos on the morning of May 4 to hand over US$500,000, medical supplies and equipment from Vietnam to Laos to help the country in itsfight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung expressed the sympathy of the Vietnamese leaders and people for the difficulties facing Laos, emphasising that Vietnam always stands side by side with Laos in its fight against the pandemic.

As scheduled, the group will send a further 800 MV20 ventilators to Cambodia to help it respond to the pandemic.

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Shares mixed on resurgence of COVID-19

05/05/2021 05:49

HÀ NỘI —The stock market closed the first session of May on a mixed note as the growth of banking shares rescued the VN-Index from a fall while the HNX-Index slumped due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Việt Nam.

Việt Nam’s benchmark index had traded below the threshold for most of the day but the recovery of many banks cushioned the market.

The VN-Index is forecasted to challenge the resistance zone of 1,268-1,275 points in the first week of May. This is still the resistance zone that might create fluctuations, adjusting the index when approached, analysts said.

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Vietnam documents no COVID-19 infections on May 5 morning

05/05/2021 08:17

Vietnam logged no new COVID-19 infections in the past 12 hours to 6am on May 5, making the nation’s tally unchanged at 2,996 with 1,608 locally-transmitted cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam logged no new COVID-19 infections in the past 12 hours to 6am on May 5, making the nation’s tally unchanged at 2,996 with 1,608 locally-transmitted cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a bid to live safely with the pandemic, people should strictly follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K message: khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering), and khai bao y te (health declaration)./.

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New programme on cải lương, tuồng launched

05/05/2021 08:43

HCM CITY — A new drama programme about cải lương (reformed opera) and tuồng (classical drama) has been launched by two private theatres in HCM City.

The programme will restage a series of 60 cải lương and tuồng plays that were staged by Minh Tơ and Huỳnh Long troupes, the region’s leading cải lương troupes, in the 1980s and 1990s.

The shows will be staged at 8pm on Sunday at Kim Ngân Theatre on 144 Đinh Tiên Hoàng Street in Bình Thạnh District and HCM City Theatres Association on 5B Võ Văn Tần Street in District 3. Tickets are priced at VNĐ50,000 (US$2) to attract students and people with lower incomes. VNS

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Vietnam confirms Indian variant in newest local infections

04/05/2021 18:10

The Indian variant has been so far caused explosive rise in daily infections and deaths in India and found in 17 countries.

Coronavirus variant B.1.617 that was firstly detected in India and caused the second wave of Covid-19 in this South Asian country has been found in the latest locally-transmitted cases in Vietnam.

In the fresh outbreak of coronavirus that began on April 29, Vietnam also recorded lineage B.1.1.7 or “UK variant”, “Kent variant”, or “B117” that originated from the UK.

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Lockdown on Vietnam's leading Covid-19 hospital starts today

05/05/2021 17:04

Director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases says the source of the infection emanates from Covid-19 patients being treated in the hospital.

The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) in Hanoi, the leading hospital in treating Covid-19 in the north of Vietnam, has been put on lockdown after a doctor working there tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

In the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital has sent its doctors to help stamp out the outbreak in different parts of Vietnam.

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US, European buyers pivot away from China, toward Vietnam

05/05/2021 12:27

Demand for Vietnamese products is increasing among U.S. and European buyers, many of whom are seeking to diversify their buying away from China, a survey has found. -

Forty three percent of U.S. companies said earlier this year that Vietnam was among their top three choices of source, twice the rate seen in 2019, according to a survey by Qima, a provider of supply-chain-compliance solutions.

The survey polled over 700 businesses with international supply chains.

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Quarantine period extended to 21 days: Health minister

05/05/2021 18:53

HÀ NỘI — The COVID-19 quarantine period in Việt Nam has been officially extended to 21 days.

Mandatory centralised quarantine for entries into the country and direct contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases will be extended from the current 14 days to 21 days, and the new regulation takes effect from Wednesday, Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday, an Indian expert in Hà Nội was confirmed to be carrying the virus after 14 days of quarantine. — VNS

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Vietnam imposes 21-day quarantine in Covid-19 fight

05/05/2021 18:52

Vietnam has extended its quarantine policy from 14 to 21 days for both foreign arrivals and those who come into contact with Covid-19 patients. -

The decision, which took immediate effect Wednesday, was taken after the Health Ministry consulted experts on ways to keep the larger community safe, said Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.

Vietnam has confirmed 38 new local Covid-19 cases since April 27 in the latest outbreak, the northern provinces of Ha Nam and Vinh Phuc leading with 14 cases each, followed by Hanoi with four.

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Lockdown on Vietnam's leading Covid-19 hospital starts today

05/05/2021 17:04

Director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases says the source of the infection emanates from Covid-19 patients being treated in the hospital.

The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD) in Hanoi, the leading hospital in treating Covid-19 in the north of Vietnam, has been put on lockdown after a doctor working there tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

In the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital has sent its doctors to help stamp out the outbreak in different parts of Vietnam.

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Travel hotspots cash in on high tourist numbers amid national holiday

05/05/2021 15:04

Crowds descending on Vietnam's major resort towns over the four-day holiday last weekend brought with them millions of dollars in tourism revenues. -

Also in the north, Ninh Binh, with its UNESCO-recognized Trang An Landscape Complex, welcomed over 65,000 visitors, up 47.5 percent, earning VND120 billion.

The latest outbreaks prompted local authorities to suspend pedestrian streets and night markets while many tourist and religious sites have also been closed to prevent crowds amid the high risk of community transmissions.

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ASEAN+3 to strengthen regional ties for greater economic resilience amid pandemic

04/05/2021 14:59

ASEAN+3 countries (plus South Korea, Japan and China) would remain committed to an open and rules-based multilateral trade and investment system.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and following disruptions to global value chains, ASEAN+3 countries resolve to further strengthen regional ties as well as regional value chains, which will foster more diversified and resilient regional economies.

The 25th AFMGM+3 in 2022 is set to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka with Cambodia and China as the co-chairs of the event.

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Techcombank, Vietcombank give VN-Index a boost

05/05/2021 19:02

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index climbed 1.15 percent to 1,256.4 points Tuesday, its fifth session in the green, led by Techcombank and Vietcombank. -

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Việt Nam attracts over $12b in FDI in four months

05/05/2021 08:18

The Hong Kong-invested EVA Hải Phòng Precision Co Ltd’s factory at the VSIP Hải Phòng Industrial Park. VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam

Export turnover including crude oil is estimated at over $80.6 billion, up 38.7 per cent over the same period last year, accounting for 78 per cent of the country’s export turnover. The import turnover is estimated at over $66.2 billion or an increase of 32.8 per cent compared to the same period last year. — VNS

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Philippines approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

05/05/2021 16:36

The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the emergency use authorisation for American drug maker Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said on May 5.

The decision came after rigorous and thorough review by regulatory and medical experts using the currently available published and unpublished data, Domingo said.

The Philippines has reported a total of 1,067,892 COVID-19 cases as of May 4, including 17,622 deaths./.

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Vietnam to reduce thermal power production

05/05/2021 18:17

Vietnam targets reducing coal-fired power production by 6 percent this year to prioritize solar and wind energy even as it grapples with limited transmission capacity. -

This means a cut of 8 billion kilowatt-hours from a projected 126 billion kilowatt hours of coal-fired power this year. National utility Vietnam Electricity (EVN) estimates total production from all sources at 260 billion kilowatt-hours.

Tran Dinh Long, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Electrical Engineering Association (VEEA), said that the boom in solar power in recent years show lack of anticipation on the burden they would place on the national grid.

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Vietjet launches new promotion, offering discounted tickets

05/05/2021 17:13

HCM CITY Vietjet is offering passengers hundreds of thousands of tickets priced from zero đồng, during its three golden days of promotion from Wednesday to Friday in order to contribute to recovering local economic activities.

Promotional tickets (excluding taxes and fees) are available on all Vietjet official sales channels during the promotion with the flight period until December 20th, 2021 (excluding national holidays) on all Vietjet’s domestic routes.

Meanwhile, all passengers flying on Vietjet domestic flights will get the “Fly Safe” insurance which is entitled to a 24-hour accident insurance benefit of up to VNĐ20 million together with medical expenses.— VNS

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V. League club recruit Brazilian thrice in one year

04/05/2021 21:44

Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) have signed Brazilian forward Felipe Martins for the third time in just one year. -

Martins first joined SLNA in the second leg of V. League 2020 on a short-term contract. He only scored two goals after seven games and his contract was not extended after the season ended. The second time was at the start of V. League 2021, when a foreign player at SLNA suffered sudden injury, causing the club to sign Martins again on a trial contract to fill the spot. He scored one goal in two games before being released by SLNA.

In the second leg of V. League this year, the top six teams of the first leg will compete for the title in table A, while table B is the relegation battle of the bottom eight clubs.

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HCM City supports OVs, Cambodian and Lao people affected by COVID-19

05/05/2021 17:25

Ho Chi Minh City will spend 2.5 billion VND (over 108,000 USD) from its COVID-19 prevention and control fund to support Vietnamese expatriates and people in difficult circumstances in Cambodia and Laos who are affected by COVID-19, a representative from the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of HCM City announced on May 5.

A total of 1.5 billion VND will be offered to Vietnamese Cambodians and disadvantaged people in Cambodia and 1 billion VND to Vietnamese expats and Lao people.

On the same day, the committee organised two missions to visit and present gifts to frontline forces in the fight against COVID-19 in the border provinces of Long An and Binh Phuoc. Each province received 1 billion VND for prevention efforts and 200 million VND for solar-powered lighting projects./.

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Ha Nam probes coronavirus outbreak source

05/05/2021 13:46

Police in the northern province of Ha Nam on Tuesday launched a criminal investigation into a coronavirus patient that ignored self-isolation protocol and caused an outbreak. -

Police are looking at a possible charge of "spreading dangerous infectious diseases in humans," which carries a punishment of up to 12 years in prison.

Vietnam has seen 38 Covid-19 community transmissions in six localities - Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hanoi, Hung Yen, Da Nang and HCMC since April 29. Ha Nam has recorded 14 cases so far.

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Hanoi parents struggle to find day care for kids as schools close

05/05/2021 14:38

Hanoians struggle to find daily care for their children, who have been told to stay at home following the latest Covid-19 outbreak. -

Preparing to send his daughter back to his hometown in central Thanh Hoa Province just hours after returning from there, Hung, 38, wished the Hanoi education department had made the decision to close schools sooner. He spent the four-day holiday ending Monday in the province.

The capital has closed bars, karaokes, cafes, and dance clubs, theaters, massage parlors, spas, and gyms, and taken food vendors off streets.

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Vietnamese localities move to quarantine entrants from coronavirus-hit areas

05/05/2021 16:00

Several Vietnamese localities have requested people entering from coronavirus-hit areas be quarantined amid new Covid-19 outbreaks reported nationwide. -

Central Quang Ngai Province's Department of Health on Tuesday requested those coming from coronavirus-hit areas, including Ha Nam Province's Ly Nhan District since April 22, Hanoi's Dong Anh District from April 23, Hung Yen Province's Phu Cu District from April 23, No. 2 Street in Binh Hung Hoa Ward of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)'s Binh Tan District from April 27, Vinh Phuc Province's Phuc Yen Town from April 23 and Hoi An Town in Quang Nam Province from April 19.

Vietnam has confirmed 38 local Covid-19 cases since last week in seven localities - Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hanoi, Hung Yen, Da Nang, Yen Bai and HCMC after spending around a month without any community transmissions.

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Alibaba.com to inject new energy to Vietnamese SMEs in digitalisation

05/05/2021 11:12

Alibaba.com, the global business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform of Alibaba Group has organised an online summit to offer Vietnam 'The New Boom' products and services to accelerate Vietnamese SMEs in digitalisation.

Amid the pandemic, Alibaba.com took initiatives in April 2020 to support Vietnamese SMEs and SMEs around the world to digitise their business, and recover. Since then, Alibaba.com witnessed growing demand on the platform and more businesses are now digitised.

The New Boom in products and services which Alibaba.com offered for the Vietnamese market in 2021 will support Vietnamese SMEs in three aspects, including e-commerce solutions, localised and problem-solving services and a business ecosystem that fuels SME growth./.

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Coach Park calls up 35 players for World Cup qualifiers

05/05/2021 09:08

Head coach Park Hang-seo has called up 35 players for the national squad and will select 23 for the World Cup Asian qualifiers. -

In the list announced Tuesday are many familiar faces who have been playing for the national team for the past three years like midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai, forward Nguyen Cong Phuong and defender Tran Dinh Trong along with new faces, mainly players who have performed well for their clubs recently.

Vietnam are on top of group G with 11 points from five games. The Golden Dragons will enter the final round of qualifiers for the first time in history if they score at least six points from the remaining three games.

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Humanitarian Month 2021 launched in Hanoi

05/05/2021 17:20

The Hanoi Red Cross Association held a ceremony on May 5 to launch Humanitarian Month 2021, on the occasion of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (May 8).

With the theme “For a safe community”, the month-long event will feature practical activities to build a united, healthy, and safe community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Piloted from 2018 to 2020, activities during the month have benefited more than 153,000 people and cost around 53 billion VND./.

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NA Office asked to improve quality of NA meetings

05/05/2021 12:20

NDO – Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue held a working session with the NA Office and NA Secretariat at the NA Building on May 4, in which he suggested that the NA Office focus on reforming the content and form of NA sessions.

At the session, the NA Office reported that it has well accomplished its tasks and gained comprehensive results on almost all aspects, making significant contributions to the success of the NA in the past tenure.

The NA Office was also requested to coordinate with relevant agencies to serve and provide consultancy to the organisation of the election of NA deputies and deputies to People’s Councils and building programmes to monitor and decide on the 5-year plans for the 2021-2025 period.

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Vietnam demands testing after 14-day compulsory quarantine

05/05/2021 16:41

People under quarantine must not leave their designated location for any reason.

People who finish the 14-day mandatory quarantine in Vietnam need to undergo another 14 days under medical supervision and testing to ensure safety amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to the new protocols.

During the self-quarantine, leaving the place is not encouraged but allowed if the person inform local police and health workers as well as follow the 5K-message (in Vietnamese) namely masking – distance – no gathering – disinfection – and medical declaration.

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Vietnam reverses quarantine extension for foreign arrivals

05/05/2021 15:49

Vietnam will continue its policy of mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign arrivals while strengthening monitoring and post-quarantine restrictions. -

The Health Ministry sent a document to local authorities Wednesday, reversing the decision to extend the quarantine period that it had announced just a day earlier.

After completing their quarantine, the men began working at the Trung Bac A Company and continued to have their health monitored for 14 days at another hotel by local medical staff. However, the experts left their hotel and visited many localities in northern Vietnam from April 23 to 25 before leaving for China. Chinese authorities have since notified their Vietnamese counterparts that four of them have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The group has infected at least 15 people in Vietnam – 14 in Vinh Phuc and one in Hanoi.

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Thailand’s border trade strongly surges in Q1

04/05/2021 14:09

Thailand's border and transit trade value increased by 19.3 percent year on year to 384 billion baht (12.3 billion USD) in the first quarter of 2021.

According to the Foreign Trade Department of Thailand, the rise was mainly driven by trade with Malaysia and rising demand for Thai rubber.

Meanwhile, the transit trade with other countries, including Singapore, Vietnam and southern China, totaled 161 billion baht, up 36.1 percent, it added./.

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Hanoi shuts more non-essential services from May 5

05/05/2021 11:25

Hanoi suspends more non-essential services in Covid-19 fight.

The Hanoi government has decided to shut down non-essential services like spas, massage parlors, cinemas and theatres, gyms, and stadiums from May 5 as it attempts to curb Covid-19 community transmissions.

As of May 5, Vietnam has recorded 37 Covid-19 community cases in the ongoing outbreak that started April 29 after the country had gone clean for more than a month. Of these, 35 are linked to hotspots in the northern provinces of Vinh Phuc and Ha Nam, with sources of transmission being people who found with Covid-19 after they had completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine and tested negative two or three times.

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Cabinet convenes meeting amid surge of local COVID-19 cases

05/05/2021 09:26

VGP – The Cabinet convened a meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss socio-economic performance in the first four months and responses to the surge of local COVID-19 cases over the past week.

>>> India and UK variants behind new COVID-19 cases in Viet Nam

On Wednesday morning, Hai Duong – the epicenter of the country’s third wave of local transmissions – became the first locality to impose 21-day mandatory quarantine for those who came in direct contact with COVID-19 patients./.

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Ba Son underground station’s ground floor completed ahead of schedule

05/05/2021 15:47

Construction for the first ground floor (B1) at Ba Son station, part of Ho Chi Minh City’s Metro Line No.1 (Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien), was completed one month earlier than the set deadline.

HCM City (VNA) – Construction for the first ground floor (B1) at Ba Son station, part of Ho Chi Minh City’s Metro Line No.1 (Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien), was completed one month earlier than the set deadline.

The city’s first metro line between Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and the Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9 has 14 stations, three of them underground. There will be 17 trains with three carriages each that will run at a maximum speed of 110km/h above ground and 80km/h below ground.

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FPT invests in Base.vn

05/05/2021 02:35

HCM CITY — Vietnamese leading technology company FPT Corporation officially announced its strategic investment in Base.vn on Tuesday, a popular Vietnamese corporate governance platform.

The deal will see the two sides promote the perfect digital transformation ecosystem for 800,000 Vietnamese enterprises.

The powerful synergy between an open and smart technology platform, where all the applications for Base.vn businesses were available, and the vast experience, core technology capabilities and strong workforce of FPT would create a new impetus to promote the digital transformation of 800,000 Vietnamese enterprises, contributing to the digital economy for a mighty Việt Nam, Khoa added. — VNS

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18 new local Covid-19 cases confirmed

05/05/2021 20:06

Vietnam confirms 18 new community transmitted Covid-19 cases Wednesday, most of them in a Hanoi hospital, bringing the total number of local cases in the latest outbreak to 56. -

Fourteen new cases, numbered from 3009 to 3022, were recorded at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District in the capital city. The source of this contagion has not been identified.

The national tally is now at 3,022, with 2,560 recoveries. Over 585,300 people have been vaccinated in 48 localities.

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Vietnam's trade turnover records $207 billion in four months

05/05/2021 11:26

Vietnam posted a trade surplus of US$1.29 billion during the four-month period, a positive result amid difficult global trade environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vietnam's trade turnover in the January-April period rose by a 10-year high growth of 29.5% year-on-year to reach US$206.5 billion, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has said in a monthly report.

Amid growing uncertainties surrounding the pandemic situation, Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department under the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) Nguyen Anh Duong called for enterprises to focus on markets having free trade agreements (FTAs) with Vietnam.

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