Vietnam Latest News on 21/06/2021

CPV online newspaper unveils new interface and mobile app

21/06/2021 16:57

NDO – The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) online newspaper, at dangcongsan.vn, run by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, organised a ceremony in Hanoi, on June 21, to unveil its new interface and Mobile app.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Editor-in-Chief of the e-newspaper Tran Doan Tien said that over the 21 years since it was found, the newspaper has shown strong performance in popularising mainstream information on the Party's viewpoints, guidelines, policies and activities, providing live coverage of the country's political and socio-economic activities, thus contributing to encouraging the whole Party, people and army to successfully implement all tasks.

He expressed his hope that the newspaper will continue to develop in a multimedia direction and improve its efficiency, thus fulfilling its role and political mission as a major media agency of the Party and the voice of the Party and State in the Internet space.

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Swimming at public beaches in Danang banned amid rising Covid-19 transmissions

21/06/2021 07:04

The Covid-19 pandemic evolution is turning more and more serious and that swimming ban would remain in place until further notice.

Authorities in the central beach city of Danang have imposed a ban on swimming at public beaches and only allow eateries to serve takeaways from June 20 afternoon amid rising Covid-19 infection.

At the time of writing, Vietnam’s tally Covid-19 patients have reached 13,117, including 5,054 recoveries and 64 deaths, since the pathogen first emerged in early 2020.

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Hà Nội allows re-opening of indoor eating and drinking venues, barbershops

21/06/2021 20:33

HÀ NỘI — With the COVID-19 situation under control in Hà Nội, municipal authorities have approved the reopening of indoor dining and drinking venues along with barbershops, effective from midnight tonight.

In a document signed by Vice Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Chử Xuân Dũng and issued late Monday, barbershops and indoor dining and drinking venues were allowed to resume operations, nearly a month after receiving closure orders.

In the latest wave of infections since late April, Hà Nội has recorded more than 260 local cases (excluding the large clusters found in two major hospitals, both of which have exited lockdowns), but no new cases in recent days. — VNS

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HCM City lacks land for cemeteries

21/06/2021 08:11

HCM CITY - The amount of land for cemeteries in HCM City is shrinking and authorities have been asked to draw up plans for future needs.

“My son died from cancer in January 2021. Burial costs were too high and it was not easy to find a cemetery in HCM City. So I decided to cremate. Since six temples nearby my house refused to store my son’s ashes, we had to go to District 8 to do so,” Nguyễn Một, a resident of Hiệp Bình Chánh Ward in Thủ Đức City told Người Lao Động (The Labourer) newspaper.

“Vietnamese people have the custom of burials, but the high price of land has encouraged them to switch to cremation and water burials,” Venerable Thích Nhật Từ said, adding that some families have chosen to dry a small amount of ashes into a stone for worship. VNS

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Japan to continue assisting Việt Nam in COVID-19 vaccines

21/06/2021 22:17

HÀ NỘI – National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ has reaffirmed that Việt Nam always considers Japan a strategic and long-term partner of top importance with high trust in its foreign policy.

During an online talks with Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan Oshima Tadamori on Monday, Huệ expressed support for Japan to make positive contributions to peace and development in the region and the world.

On global issues, the two sides expressed appreciation for ASEAN’s central role in settling regional and global issues. They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea), abiding by law and peacefully settling disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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Vietnamese fans warned about use of FAN ID to travel to Russia

20/06/2021 20:20

The Consulate Department under the Foreign Ministry has advised Vietnamese fans travelling to Russia on FAN IDs to use the document on the right purpose and obey the host country’s regulations to avoid legal problems or being stuck at foreign airports amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

A FAN ID is a mandatory document for all the spectators of UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Saint Petersburg (Russia) in 2021.

Those who need urgent support can contact the citizen protection hotlines of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia ( 7-903-182-1617), the Vietnamese General Consulate in Ekaterinburg ( 7-343-253-0284 / 7-965-506-6868), the Vietnamese General Consulate in Vladivostok ( 7-914-708-0939), or Vietnam’s citizen protection hotline ( 84-981-848-484)./.

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Camping - a favorable way to travel during Covid-19

20/06/2021 09:25

Camping becomes an ideal option for many people to enjoy and relax in the Covid-19 time, even at home.

Camping has gained increasing popularity among urban families in recent years, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, alongside the growing number of personal cars. Particularly, in face of the movement restriction due to Covid-19, camping is becoming even more trendy.

Camping at home is possibly a way of living slowly for families. It is also a good “remedy” to overcome the tough time of the Covid-19.

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Saigon restaurant cooks 2,000 meals per day for the needy

20/06/2021 12:46

A restaurant in Saigon's District 1 has been cooking around 2,000 meals every day and giving them free to people severely hit by the new Covid-19 outbreak. -

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Publishers promote summer reading for kids

21/06/2021 07:43

HCM CITY -- Vietnamese publishing houses are promoting new programmes and books this summer to encourage children to read.

The Kim Đồng Publishing House is launching the programme “Đọc Xuyên Mùa Hè 2021” (Summer Reading in 2021), providing dozens of new book titles for children by Vietnamese and international authors.

Illustrator Holt came to HCM City in 2014. She is now working as a fashion and furniture designer, and an illustrator, creating art works about a happier and more sustainable world. The book can be bought at the publisher’s website and on online shopping platforms. — VNS

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Enhancing social responsibility of journalists

21/06/2021 11:11

NDO - This year, journalists across the country are celebrating the 96th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21) in a very special and unforgettable context as the country has been drastically preventing and combating the complicated fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused difficulties for the economy.

In that general context, press workers seem to have no time to think about their joys during their day, always focusing their minds and emotions on the hot front of the country. Many reporters and editors have been on duty every day and every hour to receive information from localities and COVID-19 outbreak hotspots to report the situation promptly and accurately. The important role of journalists has been constantly affirmed during the important moments of the nation.

In order to preserving and upholding their social responsibility, journalists should constantly promote their role as citizens as well as receive, edit and appraise the information certainty and accurately. This is an important basis for conveying information to the public on the responsibility of society, the country and readers. In addition, every journalist and press agency needs to fiercely oppose and fight against false and distorted information as well as focus on humanity and pay attention to the positive in the process of reflecting the reality of life, thereby orienting people towards good things. The persistent efforts during the reflection on the media of press agencies are an important operational process that orients public opinion towards the values ​​of truth - goodness - beauty. That is also the sacred and noble task of journalists during the journey of developing an increasingly modern and humane Vietnamese revolutionary press for progressive and noble goals.

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CPV e-newspaper launches new interface, mobile app

21/06/2021 15:08

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) e-newspaper dangcongsan.vn, run by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, launched its new mobile-friendly interface and mobile app on June 21.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Editor-in-Chief of the e-newspaper Tran Doan Tien said that over the 21 years since it was found, the newspaper has shown strong performance in popularising mainstream information on the Party's viewpoints, guidelines, policies and activities, provide live coverage of the country's political and socio-economic aspects, thus contributing to encouraging the whole Party, people and army to successfully implement all tasks.

He expressed his hope that the newspaper will continue to develop in the multimedia direction and improve its efficiency, thus completing its role and political mission as a major media agency of the Party and the voice of the Party and State on the Internet space./.

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Pessina seals top spot for Italy as beaten Wales qualify for last 16

21/06/2021 11:05

Football

ROME — Matteo Pessina scored as Italy made it three wins out of three at Euro 2020 by beating 10-man Wales 1-0 to finish top of Group A on Sunday with both teams advancing to the last 16.

Bale missed a golden chance to level after 75 minutes with Moore heading across for the unmarked skipper who volleyed over.

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National futsal team to compete at tournament in Spain

21/06/2021 10:10

NDO/VNA - Vietnam will take part in an international four-side futsal tournament in Spain in August in preparation for their World Cup campaign.

The team just completed a 21-day quarantine period in Ho Chi Minh City and returned home on last week after qualifying for the event in the UAE in May.

Before leaving for the Lithuania World Cup from September 12 to October 3, they are expected to have a game against a leading Spanish club.

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Central Bank helps businesses get access to bank loan

21/06/2021 15:23

The credit growth target of 12% for this year remains feasible, and could even be higher in a favorable condition.

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is committed to further addressing concerns from the business community in accessing banks’ loans while creating favorable conditions for customers to apply for credit at preferential rates.

“The SBV aims to finalize the legal framework for the development of new businesses and products based on modern technological platforms, focusing on a fintech regulatory sandbox, a non-cash payment strategy for the 2021-2025 period, the Mobile Money initiative and complete the digital transformation process in the banking sector,” Tu added.

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World Cup qualifiers: Vietnam scores best fair-play points among Southeast Asian teams

21/06/2021 10:36

NDO – Vietnam were the best Southeast Asian side with regards to fair play in the second round of the 2022 World Cup Asian Qualifiers, conceding just nine yellow cards throughout their eight Group G matches.

A recent exceptional showing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent Park Hang-seo’s troops through to the final round of the World Cup qualifying campaign for the first time in history.

Earlier, Vietnam also surpassed Thailand to set a new points record among Southeast Asian teams at the World Cup qualifiers after concluding their Group G campaign with 17 points.

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Beverage stocks face more challenges despite positive results in Q1

21/06/2021 07:53

HÀ NỘI — Despite the positive business results in the first quarter of 2021, the beverage industry still has to face more challenges in the near future.

In May some provinces imposed social distancing measures to contain the new wave of COVID-19, including restrictions in gatherings and dining out.

With the current developments of the pandemic, the expert team of SSI Research cautiously forecast that the recovery of the whole industry will be slow, and demand will only recover in 2022. For the beer industry, besides the epidemic, the price of raw materials may affect consumption demand and product prices.

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Việt Nam records 300 local COVID-19 cases on Sunday

20/06/2021 19:08

HÀ NỘI — A total of 300 local COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday in nine localities, the Ministry of Health announced.

HCM City topped the list of most infections with 137 followed by Bắc Giang Province with 96, Đà Nẵng City with 27, Bắc Ninh Province with 19, Bình Dương Province with 13, Nghệ An Province with five, and the provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Nam and An Giang with one each.

It also plans to ramp up testing capacity to 500,000 samples per day, especially at processing, industrial and high-tech parks. VNS

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Providing home-delivered meal service: Hanoi hotels strive to overcome pandemic

20/06/2021 09:35

In quenching the thirst of their loyal clients for professionally prepared food as well as improving the income, five-star hotels in Hanoi offer high-end dinners at their client’s homes.

“I am a housewife lacking cooking skills and also time,” Lee Chae-Young, a Korean mother who lives in a luxury apartment in the west of Hanoi, told The Hanoi Times.

The hotel’s distinctive delivery menu features a wide range of ‘all over the world’ dishes such as Japanese Wagyu Don (VND790,000 or $34.4), Vietnamese Bun Cha – Grilled Pork with Vermicelli (VND250,000 or $10.9), Fried-rice in Yangzhou Style (VND300,000 or $13) to L.A. Galbi - Korean BBQ Short-ribs (VND360,000 or $15) and a Western dish of Black Angus Rib Eye Steak (VND700,000 or $30.5).

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World News in Brief: June 21

21/06/2021 17:05

Well above 80% of the athletes and officials residing in the Olympic village will be vaccinated when the Games kick off, the International Olympic Committee President said.

* The China-Europe freight-train service has recorded more than 40,000 trips, with the transported goods valued at over US$200 billion, official data shows.

* Indonesia's most active volcano Merapi located between Special Region of Yogyakarta and Central Java province emitted hot clouds as far as 1.5 kilometers to the southwest on Monday morning, said head of Indonesia's Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) Hanik Humaida.

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Public transport vehicles and app-based cars suspended in HCMC

21/06/2021 07:03

This is the second time that mass transit network in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have come to a halt since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Vietnam in early 2020.

The HCMC authorities have suspended public and inter-provincial buses, taxis, and app-based cars from June 20 to curb the novel coronavirus spread, which has infected over 1,500 people citywide.

At the time of writing, Vietnam has documented 9,850 community cases in the fourth Covid-19 outbreak.

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Digital mutant orchids go on sale at cryptocurrency marketplace

21/06/2021 20:20

Vietnam’s so-called mutant orchids are being turned into unique digital assets and being sold for up to thousands of dollars online. -

On the digital goods marketplace OpenSea.io, hundreds of items are displayed when a user types the keyword "Orchidaceae."

The rush for the so-called mutant orchids has flooded social media in Vietnam in recent months, with investors spending hundreds of million dong (VND100 million = $4,340) to own a physical plant, hoping to sell it for s profit later.

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Journalists mark Vietnamese Revolutionary Press Day

21/06/2021 06:33

Vietnam’s journalism can’t stand on the sidelines of the 4.0 industrial revolution era, in which digital transformation is the goal of today’s newsrooms.

Domestic journalists today celebrate their day, the Vietnamese Revolutionary Press Day, marking the process of 96 years of sharing the nation with all the ups and downs in building a Vietnam of peace, independence and freedom.

“The collection of fees for reading journalistic works on electronic newspapers needs to be taken into account. It is not new because, in fact, the form of selling news has been implemented by some press agencies such as Vietnam News Agency and its Vietnamplus online newspaper,” Loi said.

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Hai Phong resumes business and service operations

21/06/2021 15:32

NDO – Hai Phong has allowed the reopening of business and service activities in the northern port city from June 21, but they must ensure strict epidemic prevention and control measures are followed.

However, under the latest announcement by the chairperson of Hai Phong People's Committee dated June 21 on continuing to loosen some strict measures against COVID-19 in the city, discos, karaoke parlours, spas, bars and pubs will remain closed.

This morning, a team of six doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital set out to Cu Chi district to support the care and treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients at the Cu Chi COVID-19 Treatment Hospital. The team will continue working there from June 21 to 27.

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Foreign minister asks Singaporean counterpart for support with exports

21/06/2021 17:44

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn has called on Singapore to open its markets to key export products of Việt Nam such as agricultural, forestry and fishery, textiles, and footwear products.

He made the statement during a meeting with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in Hà Nội on Monday.

At the end of the talks, the two foreign ministers signed an agreement on training senior officials of the Communist Party of Việt Nam in 2021-23 to improve their capacity. — VNS

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National COVID-19 tally rises by 47

21/06/2021 02:06

NDO/VNA - Vietnam recorded 46 locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases and one imported case over the past 12 hours to 6am on June 21 morning, mostly in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Ministry of Health.

Thirty-three cases were reported in the southern metropolis, while five were found in Bac Giang, four in Bac Ninh, two in Tien Giang and one each in Nghe An and Tra Vinh.

On June 20, 60,955 people got COVID-19 vaccine shots. More than 2.4 million doses have been administered so far, with 121,683 receiving full two shots.

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Ho Chi Minh City receives two more trains of Metro Line No.1

21/06/2021 03:03

NDO/VNA - Two more trains with total six carriages for Ho Chi Minh City’s Metro Line No.1 (Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien) arrived in the city’s Khanh Hoi port from Japan on June 20.

The trains, the fourth and fifth out of total 17 trains of the line, all produced by Japan, will be transported to Long Binh depot in Thu Duc city for assembly on June 21 and June 23.

Earlier, on June 9, the HCM City People’s Committee issued a plan to implement tasks to effectively operate and exploit the project.

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Hanoi CDC proposes reopening restaurants, cafes, barber shops

21/06/2021 17:33

The Hanoi CDC on Monday proposed reopening indoor food and beverage stalls, barber shops and markets this week as the coronavirus situation in the capital has largely been contained. -

Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of the municipal Center for Disease Control (CDC), said reopened restaurants and indoor food stalls still need to abide by coronavirus prevention measures like not allowing large crowds, keeping distances between people and putting up screens between tables. Sidewalk food stalls are still not allowed, he added.

To fight the coronavirus, Hanoi had shut down non-essential businesses and services starting April 29, beginning with karaoke parlors and bars, then restaurants and cafes.

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Da Nang raises COVID-19 preventive level in industrial parks

21/06/2021 09:33

NDO – Da Nang city authorities have raised the level of COVID-19 prevention and control in local businesses and industrial parks to a new height after a new infection case who is a mechanic worker was detected on the afternoon of June 20.

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On the same day, Tan Uyen town in Binh Duong province set up fences to block all entrances to Tan Phuoc Khanh ward in Tan Uyen town. The lockdown will last from 0:00 on June 20 until further notice. Currently, the local functional forces are conducting tracing and collecting samples for nearly 10,000 people related to COVID-19 cases in the ward, home to nearly 50,000. After the blockade, all non-essential activities, non-essential production and service establishments, and banks are required to suspend operations. Tan Uyen authorities recommended local residents to stay at home, only going out in cases of real necessity such as buying food and medicine or in emergency cases.

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Sullivan says comments by DPRK leader "interesting signal"

21/06/2021 06:20

The United States regarded the recent comments made by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as an "interesting signal," National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.

The DPRK leader said Thursday that his country should get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, especially for confrontation, to protect the DPRK's dignity and interests for independent development, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the second Kim-Trump summit ended without agreement in February 2019 in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

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President Phuc congratulates newly-elected President of Iran

21/06/2021 20:03

NDO/VNA - President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on June 21 sent a congratulatory message to Ebrahim Raisi on his election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Vietnam and Iran set up their diplomatic ties on August 4, 1973. Since then, the two countries' ties have continuously developed in various fields, especially people-to-people exchange, culture and tourism.

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Da Nang raises COVID-19 prevention level in industrial parks

21/06/2021 09:33

NDO – Da Nang city authorities have raised the level of COVID-19 prevention and control in local businesses and industrial parks to new heights after a new infection case, a mechanic, was detected on the afternoon of June 20.

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On the same day, Tan Uyen town in Binh Duong province set up fences to block all entrances to Tan Phuoc Khanh ward in Tan Uyen town. The lockdown will last from 0:00 on June 20 until further notice. Currently, local functional forces are conducting tracing and collecting samples for nearly 10,000 people related to COVID-19 cases in the ward, home to nearly 50,000. After the blockade, all non-essential activities, non-essential production and service establishments, and banks are required to suspend operations. Tan Uyen authorities recommend local residents to stay at home, only going out in cases of real necessity such as buying food and medicine or in emergency cases.

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Vietnam's Covid case count up by 46

21/06/2021 06:47

The Health Ministry announced 46 new Covid-19 patients Monday morning, with most recorded in Ho Chi Minh City. -

The southern metropolis recorded 33 patients, including 29 having had direct contact with previously confirmed patients, three related to Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in the city's Go Vap District that emerged late last month. The source of transmission of the remaining case is still unclear.

More than 2.42 million of the nation's 96 million have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

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Vietnam logs 135 new COVID-19 infections on June 21 afternoon

21/06/2021 20:20

NDO/VNA - Vietnam reported an additional 135 COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 21, including two imported cases in Kien Giang and An Giang provinces, according to the Health Ministry.

Ho Chi Minh City recorded the most with 70 cases, followed by Bac Giang province (30), Binh Duong province (21), Bac Ninh province (6), Da Nang city (4) and Hung Yen province (2).

Nine-teen localities that were hit by the pandemic have gone through two weeks without new cases. They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Quang Ninh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien - Hue, Tuyen Quang, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Tay Ninh, Gia Lai, Bac Lieu, Dien Bien, Dak Lak, Dong Thap, Thai Binh and Vinh Phuc.

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Vietnam receives 500,000 doses of Vero-Cell vaccine from China

20/06/2021 18:03

A flight transporting 500,000 doses of Vero-Cell vaccine against COVID-19 produced by Sinopharm, China, arrived in Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on June 20.

The Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Foreign Ministry and the Health Ministry, in coordination with the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, received the vaccine along with 502,400 disposable 1-ml syringes on June 20 afternoon.

The Vero Cell vaccine is planned to be used to vaccinate Chinese citizens working in Vietnam, Vietnamese who want to go to China for study, work or business, and people who have needs for vaccine, particularly those living in areas bordering China.

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TPBank to issue 100 mln shares through private placement

21/06/2021 11:34

The State Bank of Vietnam has green-lighted lender TPBank’s proposal to issue 100 million shares to hike its charter capital by VND1 trillion ($43.4 million). -

The shares will be issued through a private placement to strategic investors and professional securities investors, and the issuance will increase its charter capital to over VND11.7 trillion. Price is not revealed.

The Orient Commercial Bank will also do the same to increase its charter capital by 25 percent to VND13.7 trillion.

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Hanoi reopens barber shops, indoor dining

21/06/2021 21:28

Barber shops and restaurants can start serving customers indoors beginning Tuesday, Hanoi authorities have announced. -

They must comply with Covid-19 prevention guidelines, Hanoi vice-chairman Chu Xuan Dung said Monday.

Since April 27, Vietnam has recorded 10,078 community transmissions in 42 cities and provinces.

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US extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico land borders through July 21

21/06/2021 06:20

US land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the US Homeland Security Department said on Sunday.

The 30-day extension came after Canada announced its own extension on Friday of the requirements that were set to expire on Monday and have been in place since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States is also holding working-group meetings on relaxing travel restrictions with the UK and the European Union, but US and airline officials said previously they did not expect the Biden administration to lift the restrictions until around July 4 at the earliest.

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Two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Vietnam

21/06/2021 20:17

NDO/VNA – Vietnam on June 21 confirmed its 68th and 69th deaths relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, who have suffered from underlying health conditions.

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control’s Treatment Sub-committee, the 68th fatality in Vietnam is an 86-year-old patient in the northern province of Bac Giang. She tested positive for the coronavirus on May 25 and was treated at the Bac Giang COVID-19 Treatment Hospital 2.

Her causes of death were septic shock, multi-organ failure, progressive respiratory failure, Type 2 diabetes and Cushing's syndrome.

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Coffee chains still grow amid pandemic

21/06/2021 09:05

HÀ NỘI — Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, competition between coffee chains in Việt Nam has become increasingly fierce with more giants trying to grab a slice of the lucrative market.

Masan, owned by billionaire Nguyễn Đăng Quang, Novaland of Bùi Thanh Nhơn and Trần Kim Thành's Kido have all heated up the billion-dollar market by entering recently.

As the per capita coffee consumption in Việt Nam is only a third of the global average, the association sees the market as very attractive for both domestic and foreign businesses. VNS

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Vietnamese people prioritise staying with family despite wanting to travel

21/06/2021 17:58

NDO – Despite the desire to travel surpassing other priorities in 2021, the majority of Vietnamese respondents still prioritise spending time with family even when they have to choose between staying with family or going on a long trip.

This information was announced by Booking.com on June 17 in a global study of more than 28,000 travelers in 28 countries and regions. The study aims to reveal key analytics around what travelers across the world want most, as well as what they are willing to give up for travel in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses.

Many people want to explore destinations and cultures as well as experience trips again. Certainly, when the pandemic passes and borders are reopened, many tourists will again pack their bags and travel, saying “wish you were here" instead of “wish I was there” like now.

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Vietnam logs 90 new COVID-19 infections, one more death

21/06/2021 15:00

NDO/VNA – Vietnam recorded additional 90 new COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 12pm on June 21, including two imported cases in Tay Ninh province, according to the Health Ministry.

Among the 88 domestically-transmitted infections, 63 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, 16 in Bac Giang, three in Bac Ninh, four in Nghe An and two in Ha Tinh.

His cause of death is recorded as pneumonia caused by COVID-19, rapidly progressive respiratory failure, sepsis, multi-organ failure, septic shock in the patient with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and dyslipidemia.

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Seaport infrastructure fees will drain us, say HCMC firms

21/06/2021 07:03

Many HCMC enterprises already hit by Covid-19 pandemic say paying seaport infrastructure fees will stretch them beyond the limit. -

Firms with big shipments have said that the fee collection will increase operating costs, and lower their products’ competitiveness in export markets.

It is a fact that Vietnam’s logistics costs have been higher than in other countries in the region for years, and adding seaport infrastructure fees to this will diminish enterprises’ competitiveness, while they are already facing difficulties due to Covid-19, said local economist Dinh The Hien. He proposed that the fees should not be collected.

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Sticky rice ice cream: A summer treat to beat Hanoi heat

20/06/2021 19:45

Amid the powerful summer heat in Hanoi, it's worth experiencing 'kem xoi' (sticky rice ice cream, which can help to cool the body from the inside.

The ingredients to make kem xoi include sticky rice, fresh ice cream, fresh milk, yoghurt, coconut juice, white sugar, and la nep (pandan leaves). The leaves have a fragrance similar to new glutinous rice with a green colour.

The final step is to draw the steamed xoi into a bowl and let it cool, then cover it with the mixed cream and top it with fresh coconut threads or roasted peanuts.

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China-donated COVID-19 vaccines and syringes arrive at Nội Bài airport

21/06/2021 10:11

HÀ NỘI — The flight carrying a shipment of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine along with 502,400 single-use syringes as aid from the Chinese Government has arrived at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on Sunday afternoon.

Vietnamese health minister Trần Thanh Long, Chinese ambassador to Việt Nam Xiong Bo, along with diplomatic representatives were present at the reception ceremony.

According to the health ministry, 2,359,376 vaccine doses have been administered in Việt Nam as of 4pm Saturday, with 115,315 people receiving the full two doses. — VNS

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Hà Giang Culture and Tourism Week to honour Hoàng Su Phì terraced fields

21/06/2021 09:38

HÀ GIANG — The beauty of the terraced rice fields in the northern mountainous province of Hà Giang's Hoàng Su Phì District will be highlighted at a culture and tourism week in September, according to a report from the provincial People’s Committee.

The event, the sixth of its kind, is scheduled to take place from September 4-30 in the province and will feature a cultural festival of local Mông ethnic people and off-road races in Vinh Quang township, along with a paragliding contest over the fields.

Between September and October is the most beautiful time for photographers to take pictures. Rice terrace fields are brightly coloured in harvest season creating a breathtaking scene that attracts tourists to Hà Giang Province every autumn. — VNS

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102 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday evening

19/06/2021 19:55

The 102 new cases reported on Saturday afternoon include 12 imported cases and 90 local infections detected in Hồ Chí Minh City (31), Bắc Giang (18), Bình Dương (18), Bắc Ninh (7), Đà Nẵng (5), Long An (3), Lạng Sơn (2), Đồng Nai (2), Hà Tĩnh (2), Nghệ An (1), and Nam Định (1); 9 of them were outside locked down or quarantined areas.

The 102 new cases reported on Saturday afternoon include 12 imported cases and 90 local infections detected in Hồ Chí Minh City (31), Bắc Giang (18), Bình Dương (18), Bắc Ninh (7), Đà Nẵng (5), Long An (3), Lạng Sơn (2), Đồng Nai (2), Hà Tĩnh (2), Nghệ An (1), and Nam Định (1); 9 of them were outside locked down or quarantined areas.

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Coworking space companies respond to Covid with new solutions

20/06/2021 12:18

Coworking space operators in Vietnam have launched a number of Covid response services and even prepared for expansion after the pandemic is controlled. -

This month Dreamplex, which has five coworking spaces in Hanoi and HCMC, unveiled a service called temporary office for companies with a payroll of at least four.

But the firms face challenges in achieving sustainable growth since serviced offices are more suitable for startups or enterprises with a workforce of 30 or fewer, according to property experts.

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COVID-19: Laos sees no new case in community, Indonesia tightens travel restriction

21/06/2021 15:58

Laos’ Ministry of Health on June 21 reported only one new COVID-19 case in the past 24 hours, an imported patient who has been sent to quarantine right up on arrival.

This is the second day the country sees no new infection in the community since the second wave of COVID-19 hit the country in mid-April.

Indonesia reported 13,737 new coronavirus infections on June 20, the highest daily number of cases since January 30, with deaths from the disease also rising. Indonesia has recorded a total of 1.99 million coronavirus cases and more than 54,600 fatalities./.

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Indonesia elected Asian representative in Food and Agriculture Organisation

21/06/2021 16:24

Indonesia has been elected to the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) during the 42nd session of the FAO Conference held from June 14-18.

Indonesia is the representative of the Asian regional group along with five other Asian countries of Bangladesh, China, Japan, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea for the 2021-24 period.

Through membership in the Council, the country can contribute to the formulation of various FAO policies that support the efforts of UN member states to achieve sustainable development goals, among others./.

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Việt Nam emphasises need to immediately end violence in Myanmar

20/06/2021 08:38

NEW YORK — A Vietnamese diplomat has reiterated the call to immediately end violence in Myanmar, restore trust, begin dialogue and conciliation, and implement the five-point consensus reached by ASEAN leaders in April this year.

The international community should continue assisting Myanmar and creating a favourable environment for the implementation of these targets in line with fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter, Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN, told the UN General Assembly’s meeting on June 18 (US time), during which a resolution on the situation in Myanmar was adopted.

Trà also highlighted ASEAN’s efforts and called on all UNSC members and the international community to continue supporting the endeavours and stance of the association, including in the provision of assistance and humanitarian aid through ASEAN mechanisms. — VNS

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