Vietnam is warned of surging infections in industrial parks if no drastic measures are taken.
Vietnam has now confirmed 788 Covid-19 cases of local transmission dating from April 29 when its fourth outbreak began, including 104 infections on May 14.
The number of people under quarantine reached 83,415, including 1,433 at hospitals, 34,252 at state-run quarantine centers, and the remaining at home and lodging facilities.
As many as 20 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the last 12 hours to 6:00am on May 15, all of them in quarantine facillities, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The Ministry said an additional 10,515 people were administered COVID-19 vaccine nationwide on May 14, raising the total number of vaccinated people to 969,697./.
HÀ NỘI — A total of 69,198,594 voters are eligible to go to the polls on May 23 to elect deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils of all levels for the 2021-26 tenure.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still a problem in localities nationwide, the National Election Council, Election Committees and election units at all localities have been rushing to finish preparations for election day.
They will also elect the State President, Vice State President, Prime Minister, Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court and Head of the Supreme People’s Procuracy. — VNS
The director of a Hanoi state-owned construction firm was dismissed Saturday for failing to isolate himself after visiting Covid-hit areas. -
Nguyen Van Thanh, a Party member, was director of the Hanoi Construction Investment Company No 2, a subsidiary of the Hanoi Housing Development and Investment Corporation (Handico).
Vietnam has had 953 cases of Covid in 26 cities and provinces since April end.
More than 90% of Vietnam’s lychee are shipped to China.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has agreed with the upcoming entry of 190 Chinese traders who come to buy lychee in the northern province of Bac Giang for the season between mid-May and end-July.
Vietnam ranks third worldwide for the volume of lychee with approximately 380,000 tons/year, behind China with two million tons/year and India 677,000 tons/year.
All foreign exchange (forex) trading activities in Vietnam are illegal as the authorities have not issued license for any forex trading floor.
Promises of sky-high profit with short payback period are tricks that never get old in luring people into illegal cryptocurrency exchanges. At the end, all these investors have left are huge debts on their shoulders.
The local authorities estimated as of early 2021, Vietnam has around 240 illegal trading floors of gold and foreign currencies, attracting tens of thousands of people involving in transactions of up to trillions of Vietnamese dong (VND) or billions of US dollars.
The Ministry of Health announced 18 new COVID-19 infections over the past six hours to 12:00pm on May 15, including two imported cases and 16 in quarantine facilities.
The two imported are Vietnamese citizens returning from Malaysia and Japan and being quarantined in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and Da Nang city, respectively.
The MoH’s Department of Medical Examination Management reported that 2,658 patients have been given the all-clear. The death toll remains at 35.
Vietnam logged 20 new domestic Covid-19 cases Saturday morning, raising the infection tally in its fourth coronavirus wave to 808. -
The new patients were recorded in northern provinces of Bac Giang, Lang Son, Vinh Phuc, Hanoi and in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, all related to previously confirmed patients and outbreaks.
Of them, 198 are in Hanoi, with 110 in two hospitals under lockdown, 177 are in Bac Ninh Province, 122 in Bac Giang Province and 115 in Da Nang.
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese abroad sent home US$17.2 billion worth of remittances in 2020, making Việt Nam the third-largest remittance recipient in the East Asia and Pacific region, according to the Migration and Development Brief released early this week by the World Bank and the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD).
This represented a rise of nearly 3 per cent over 2019, a very positive result compared to the previous forecast in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the World Bank had estimated that remittance flow to Việt Nam in the first 10 months of 2020 fell by 7 per cent.
The global average cost of sending $200 remained high at 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020, more than double the Sustainable Development Goal target of 3 per cent. — VNS
The decision was made after Hanoi continuously recorded Covid-19 patients returning from Danang city.
Some 5,500 Hanoians having returned from Danang since May 1 have undergone rapid testing for Covid-19, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC) Khong Minh Tuan said on May 15.
At the time of writing, nation’s tally is 3,854, with 2,657 recoveries and 35 deaths. Over 959,000 have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far.
Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool boosted their hopes of Champions League football next season with a 4-2 Premier League win at Manchester United on Thursday (May 13).
Liverpool’s first victory at Old Trafford in seven years left them knowing that winning their last three games will give them a great chance of breaking into the top four at the end of a disappointing season. Liverpool moved above West Ham United into fifth place on 60 points.
* English Premier League soccer clubs have renewed their existing UK broadcast deals with Sky, BT and Amazon for another three years, avoiding an auction process that could have lost them money due to a drop in competition between broadcasters. The deals for the 2022-23 to 2024-25 seasons will be concluded at the same overall value as the current arrangements, the league said, around 5 billion pounds (US$7 billion) in total.
The Ministry of Health announced 131 new COVID-19 infections since 12:00pm on May 15, including two imported and 129 in local quarantine facilities.
This means Vietnam now has 2,522 domestic and 1.463 imported COVID-19 cases. Among the active patients, 46 have tested negative to SARS-CoV-2 once, 25 twice, and 28 thrice. As many as 2,668 patients have been given the all-clear.
This means Vietnam now has 2,522 domestic and 1.463 imported COVID-19 cases. Among the active patients, 46 have tested negative to SARS-CoV-2 once, 25 twice, and 28 thrice. As many as 2,668 patients have been given the all-clear.
HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has warned the nation to remain vigilant, despite the excellent work carried out to contain the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
Đam was speaking at a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Friday.
On Saturday morning, 20 new cases were recorded. This takes the amount of new community infections detected since April 27 to 808. VNS
The central coastal province of Quang Nam has focused resources on upgrading tourism infrastructure as the locality is looking to develop sustainable sea and island tourism products.
The city has successfully restored local coral reefs to serve scuba diving visitors, particularly foreigners, he said, adding with support of advanced technologies, locals in Tan Hiep commune assisted marine reserves to recover more than 6,000 coral reefs./.
KHÁNH HÒA — Authorities of the south-central coastal province of Khánh Hòa are seeking Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s backing for two major projects with a total investment of more than US$27 billion proposed by the Millennium Energy Corp of the US in Vân Phong Economic Zone (EZ).
The projects aim to build a power plant fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and an LNG depot in the southern part of the Vân Phong EZ.
The EZ is already home to a 1,320-MW thermal power plant costing $2.58 billion and a petrol and gas terminal worth $125 million, among others. — VNS
Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has asked for tightened management over foreign labourers working in Vietnam.
Minister Dung said in the document that amidst complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, many localities across the country have been facing a situation in which foreigners enter Vietnam illegally to seek employment not in accordance with local laws.
Any violators of such rules must be strictly dealt with and suspended from operation, the minister said./.
While western banks are having limited presence in Vietnam, their Asian peers have greater interests in the country.
Growing risk from bad debts and high capital mobilization rates are major reasons why some foreign banks, mainly those from the US and Europe, are scaling back their operation in Vietnam.
Last year, despite the severe Covid-19 pandemic, Shinhan Vietnam posted pre-tax profit of VND3.07 trillion (US$133.7 million), an increase of 8.4% year-on-year.
The man confessed to own three companies sponsoring the entry of foreigners in Vietnam as experts.
Danang city police have arrested a man for bringing foreigners into Vietnam illegally in the guise of experts.
In a new move, the Vietnamese government has assigned ministries to double-check the immigration procedures.
VGP – Trade turnover between Viet Nam and countries in Latin America registered vigorous growth in the 2011-2019 period, particularly expanding by 24.17 percent in 2014 and 23.63 percent in four years later, thus opening bright prospects for bilateral trade cooperation in the years to come.
According to the European-American Market Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade - MOIT), the aforementioned results have been attributed to the fact that during 2011-2020, the Party and State’s guidelines facilitated the expansion of Viet Nam’s economic, industrial and trade relations with other nations worldwide, including those in the Americas.
According to the European-American Market Department, along with the bright prospects for trade ties, businesses in Viet Nam and American countries have made great progress in their efforts to boost bilateral collaboration, particularly in the fields of mining and energy.
HCM CITY — HCM City travel companies are reporting cancellation and rescheduling of bookings for summer amid the recent resurgence of COVID-19 across the country.
Since the fourth wave began in late April tour operators have become flexible to avoid mass cancellations as happened during previous outbreaks.
The Việt Nam International Travel Mart in Hà Nội and the Travel Fair in HCM City, both scheduled to take place this month, have been postponed. —VNS
Two of severe cases are on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health said the country now has 46 Covid-19 patients on the critical list, including 13 cases of terminally ill.
As of May 15, Vietnam has recorded 3,836 Covid-19 infections, including 2,657 who have recovered. The number of dead people due to the coronavirus remains unchanged at 35 for a year now.
NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on May 14 emphasised the spirit of readiness as COVID-19 would break out in the community anytime.
Among the COVID-19 patients, 49 have tested negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 once, 25 twice, and 18 thrice.
HÀ NỘI — Sixty new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Friday evening including one imported case and 59 domestic ones, said the Ministry of Health.
Of all 59 local cases, two are in the K Hospital, one in the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 33 in Bắc Ninh Province, 12 in Hà Nội, six in Bắc Giang Province, three in Đà Nẵng City, one in Thái Bình Province and one in Điện Biên Province. — VNS
NDO/VNA – Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has asked for tightened management over foreign labourers working in Vietnam.
In a recent dispatch to chairpersons of municipal and provincial People’s Committees, he stated that provincial and municipal authorities should consider deporting foreign workers without work permits or those failing to comply with entry and exit rules applicable to foreigners in Vietnam.
Any violators of such rules must be dealt with strictly and suspended from operation, the minister said.
Visitors can check out the safety level of destinations via the “Vietnam safe travel” app.
All the accommodation facilities will have to publish QR code for tourists to check the safety level of the destination before booking, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The VNAT continues to upgrade the assessment system, ensuring that with one-single update of tourism activities in localities, data will be timely recorded in the national Covid-19 safety system.
An exhibition entitled “Elections of the National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils” is taking place at the provincial museum in the northern province of Hai Duong.
The exhibition also features the contributions and achievements made by Hai Duong’s NA delegation during different periods, expressing the aspirations of local people and contributing to the development of the province in particular and the country at large.
It aims to raise awareness about the responsibility of local people in electing deputies to the NA and People’s Councils at all levels./.
HÀ NỘI — The country’s apartment inventory was estimated at some 3,300 units by the end of the first quarter of the year, falling 5,700 units compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Construction (MoC).
This shows that the absorption capacity of the real estate market in the first quarter of 2021 was better than the same period in 2020 and the previous quarter, the ministry added.
In the January-March period, the number of properties assessed by the ministry was 2,041 apartments (equivalent to about 36 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2020); and 250 condotels. Notably, there were no officetels and resort villas assessed in the period. — VNS
Miss Universe Vietnam has turned heads with her latest pageant outfit. Nguyễn Trần Khánh Vân brought a very unique costume to the Miss Universe pageant competition in the US. A large egg? Looks like it, but really it’s far more significant to Việt Nam. Watch and find out.
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội and HCM City have seen different demands among business tenants from Japan and South Korea, according to Savills Vietnam.
South Korean businesses have given priority to setting up offices or opening business headquarters in Hà Nội when entering the Vietnamese market. They are quite dependent on the Korean business community.
In HCM City, the demand from businesses is forecast to exceed supply and Grade A office rent is expected to continue to grow at 3 per cent per year. VNS
NDO – The Government has allowed foreign traders to enter Vietnam to buy lychees in the northern province of Bac Giang, according to a recent document of the Government Office dated May 14.
In the document, the Government asked the working groups of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Transport to process Bac Giang provincial authorities’ submission of granting visa and flight permits (if any) to foreign merchants in compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures.
In 2021, Bac Giang Province has 28,100 hectares for lychee cultivation and is expected to harvest around 1880,000 tonnes of lychees this season. The harvesting time is scheduled from May 10 until July 2021.
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính has urged press agencies to contribute to national defence.
Ministries, agencies, local governments and press/media agencies were told to work closely to boost communication to increase public understanding, awareness, responsibility and consensus in national defence.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will provide information about Vietnamese culture and history. The ministry will also help enrich cultural and historic knowledge for reporters and skills to report on relevant issues. — VNS
Nguyen Van Thanh has caused serious consequences in the community, making many offices and buildings in Hanoi putting under lockdown.
The Hanoi Housing Development and Investment Corporation (Handico) on May 15 decided to remove Nguyen Van Thanh from his posts as secretary of the Party Committee and director of Hanoi Construction and Investment Company (Hacinco) No. 2, an affiliate of Hadico, for violating Covid-19 pandemic prevention regulations.
He said if the authorities determine that the pandemic spreading act is deadly or causing leaders at all levels to announce the pandemic, the violator will face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Vietnam recorded 16 more local Covid-19 cases in Hanoi and northern provinces Saturday noon, all contained within quarantine zones. -
Nine cases are recorded in Bac Giang, two in Dien Bien, two in Hanoi and one each in Bac Ninh, Ha Nam and Hung Yen.
Over 969,000 people, or about 1 percent of the country's population, have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
India's Dr Reddy's Laboratories has launched the Russia's Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine on Friday by administering the first dose to a patient in the South Eastern city of Hyderabad, according to a corporate filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.
The vaccine is priced at US$12.9 plus 5 percent tax and the first consignment of imported doses of Sputnik V vaccine was received by the Indian company on May 1 and the drug regulator's clearance was received on Thursday.
In the coming months, more consignments of vaccines would be imported till the Sputnik vaccine is locally manufactured in India as the company is working closely with its six manufacturing partners in India to fulfil regulatory requirements and ensure smooth and timely supply, the statement said.
NDO/VNA - On May 15, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh encouraged the health sector to overcome difficulties and shortcomings and consider protecting public health as the first and foremost task.
In a working session with leading official of the Ministry of Health, PM Chinh stressed the need to ensure safety and success of the upcoming elections of the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure.
As of May 13, a total of 969,730 vaccine doses have been injected, he said, adding that there are four domestic companies researching and producing vaccines against the disease.
Nam Kim Steel Jsc plans to sell all 10 million treasury shares it holds, representing 5.81 percent of its capital, after their price quadrupled in less than a year. -
The deal will be concluded 30 days after the State Securities Commission of Vietnam gives it the green light, the Binh Duong Province-based steelmaker said in a statement.
Nam Kim Steel, established in 2002, exports to 50 markets including Australia, Europe and the U.S.
National Highway 62 running through Long An Province should be renovated to shorten the journey from Ho Chi Mih City to Mekong Delta and the Cambodian border. -
In its proposal sent to the Ministry of Transport on Thursday, Project Management Board 7, in charge of managing traffic projects in southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands region, estimated the cost for the renovation at VND2.257 trillion ($97.9 million).
Aside from upgrading damaged sections, Project Management Board 7 is planning to expand the road's width by two meters to 11 meters.
HÀ NỘI — The Police Department of Đà Nẵng City is prosecuting a man for illegally helping foreigners enter Việt Nam.
Nguyễn Trần Anh Tuấn, 34, from Lê Văn Thứ Street, Sơn Trà District was arrested after police found 14 South Korean citizens in Ngũ Hành Sơn District on April 24 with incorrect paperwork.
On Wednesday, the police searched headquarter of the three companies legally represented by Tuấn : J.D.K General and Trading One Member Limited Liability Company at 84 Nguyễn Văn Thoại Street, Mỹ An Ward, Ngũ Hành Sơn District; DK Global General and Trading One Member Limited Liability Company and Guppo Company Limited in Vương Thừa Vũ Street, Mân Thái Ward, Sơn Trà District.
Vietnam on Saturday recorded a coronavirus death, its 36th case so far after the nation's last Covid-19 death recorded nearly a year prior. -
"Patient 3839," a 89-year-old woman, was said to have died due to her "underlying conditions," according to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
Since the new wave broke out on April 27, the nation has reported 824 new local cases of Covid-19 in 26 cities and provinces.
NDO/VNA – Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has asked agencies and localities nationwide to immediately make plans to carry out the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination on greater scale compared to the previous phases.
The MoH’s Department of Medical Examination Management reported that 2,657 patients have been given the all-clear. Among those who are still under treatment at medical establishments, 49 have tested negative once, 25 twice and 18 thrice.
Vietnam reports the first person died of Covid-19 after eight months.
Vietnam on May 15 recorded 165 Covid-19 infections, the highest number since the coronavirus outbreak broke out in early 2020.
According to the ministry, B.1.222 variant has been reported in 12 countries, mainly in the UK while B.1.619 was likely from Cameroon and spread to the Europe. The local experts attributed the country's rising infections to the presence of some variants.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam's total output of electricity from renewable sources hit 9.5 billion kWh in the first four months of 2021, up 156.9 per cent year-on-year, and accounting for 11.8 per cent of the total electricity output, according to a report by Vietnam Electricity (EVN).
The electricity output from solar energy alone reached 8.73 billion kWh, an almost three-fold increase compared to the same period last year.
EVN also sets a target of fulfilling the dual tasks of ensuring COVID-19 prevention and control and providing sufficient electricity for socio-economic development and people’s daily activities, especially during the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 term on May 23. — VNS
St Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Hà Nội is one of the earliest Catholic buildings in the capital city, a miniature of the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is now being renovated.
These days, passers-by may be a little surprised at the appearance of the building. But it’s just temporary. The scaffolding will soon be removed in a few months when the cathedral gets a new lick of paint.
The bell towers contain five bells with one big bell and four smaller ones, which connect with the clock to ring on the hour.
Police in the northern province of Hai Duong are considering opening criminal investigation into a coronavirus patient for spreading the disease after entering the country illegally. -
Dao Duy Tung, 32, illegally traveled to Laos in March to look for a job, then illegally traveled back to Vietnam on April 22. He was later confirmed infected with the coronavirus on May 6.
Everyone entering Vietnam from abroad is quarantined for 14 days and tested at least twice. Illegal entrants are those evading official border checkpoints to avoid quarantine.
TRÀ VINH – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Trà Vinh has stepped up support for farmers adopting advanced techniques to improve product value and income.
Phạm Minh Truyền, director of its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said advanced farming techniques are used on more than 17,400ha of rice, vegetables, fruits, and aquaculture.
Truyền said the support policy also encourages farmers to embrace advanced farming techniques and VietGAP standards, which enables their produce to have high value and be sold easily, he added. – VNS
NDO/VNA – As many as 20 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the last 12 hours to 6:00am on May 15, all of them in quarantine facillities, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
The Ministry said an additional 10,515 people were administered COVID-19 vaccine nationwide on May 14, raising the total number of vaccinated people to 969,697.
Small-sized television sets (32 inch and less) have become more expensive this year, and industry insiders blame it on rising prices of TV components. -
HCM CITY Rap Việt All-Star 2021, a concert that featured dozens of rappers from the Vietnamese underground music scene, will be broadcast on the streaming platform VieON at 8pm on May 21.
The four-hour concert featured 30 lesser-known as well as famous rappers, and 500 dancers who on April 10 performed in front of 10,000 people at the Sài Gòn Exhibition and Convention Center in HCM City’s District 7.
The qualifying rounds are expected to be streamed on the show's Facebook page and YouTube at VieChannel this month. VNS
The Ministry of Health confirmed 60 new Covid-19 patients Friday evening, including 59 local cases and an imported one. -
Among the new community transmissions, Bac Ninh has 33, Hanoi has 12, Bac Giang 6, Da Nang 3, Thai Binh and Dien Bien with one each. All cases were contained within the quarantine zones.
Over 959,000 have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far
Hitachi SE's renewable energy business expanded its market to Vietnam by signing a strategic cooperation agreement with Trung Nam Wind Power Joint Stock Company of Trung Nam Group (TNG) in Ho Chi Minh City on May 14.
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Hitachi SE's renewable energy business expanded its market to Vietnam by signing a strategic cooperation agreement with Trung Nam Wind Power Joint Stock Company of Trung Nam Group (TNG) in Ho Chi Minh City on May 14.
Hitachi SE, along with its member companies, operates 30 wind power companies with a total installed capacity of 248MW in Japan./.