Vietnam Latest News on 23/06/2021

HCMC coronavirus tally in new wave tops 2,000

23/06/2021 13:15

Vietnam recorded 80 new local Covid-19 cases Wednesday noon, half of which are in HCMC, sending the city's case count in the ongoing wave to 2,013. -

The others are 23 in HCMC's neighbor Binh Duong, eight in Bac Giang, four in Hung Yen, two each in Lao Cai and Long An, and one in Bac Kan.

The nation of 96 million has administered more than 2.5 million Covid vaccine shots by AstraZeneca.

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25th SEAPAVAA Conference opens in Hanoi

23/06/2021 15:58

NDO – The 25th South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) Conference, with the theme “AV Archiving in Changing Times: Successes, Failures, and Challenges”, opened in Hanoi, on June 23.

Hosted by the Vietnam Film Institute and taking place both online and face-to-face in Hanoi, it sees the participation of leaders and delegates from member countries and territories of the SEAPAVAA.

As a founding member of the association, the Vietnam Film Institution has hosted three conferences in 1998, 2004 and 2012.

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State President receives ROK Foreign Minister

23/06/2021 20:04

NDO/VNA – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that the development of Vietnam - Republic of Korea (ROK) ties is a common determination from the grassroots to high levels in Vietnam.

During a reception in Hanoi on June 23 for ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong, Phuc suggested the two countries’ foreign ministries and agencies maintain all-level exchanges, uphold initiatives to overcome difficulties caused by the pandemic, and further expand and diversify the ROK’s investment in Vietnam.

He also wished that Vietnam would make further contributions to promoting dialogue and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula.

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State President chairs meeting on consolidating Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform

23/06/2021 08:54

NDO – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs for actively studying and preparing the project on consolidating the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform (CSCJR) in a meticulous and serious manner on the basis of major direction of the Party on judicial reform.

Chairing the meeting of the CSCJR in Hanoi on June 22, State President Phuc, who is also Politburo member and Chairman of the CSCJR, emphasised the need to strengthen the organisation and operation of the Committee to meet the requirements of leadership and direction for judicial reform, thereby continuing to renew, strengthen, and ensure the Party’s close leadership over the organisation and operation of judicial agencies.

The State President also assigned the Party Central Committee's Commission for Internal Affairs to acquire opinions and comments from the CSCJR and relevant agencies to complete the project and submit it to the Politburo for consideration.

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Roundup: G20 ministers stress role of education in addressing global poverty, inequality

23/06/2021 07:31

Ministers of education from the Group of 20 (G20) agreed on Tuesday that education should be a centerpiece of the international political process as the world works to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The ministers participated in person in Catania, Sicily in Italy, and via video hookup, in the Education Ministers' Meeting, which is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021 to be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

In remarks to Italian journalists, Bianchi also addressed some local issues as well, promising that some of the money from the European Union's post-pandemic recovery fund would include money for creating more full-time jobs for teachers, improving salaries, and modernizing school facilities across the country.

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Consumers flock online after HCMC shuts down street markets to contain Covid

23/06/2021 13:09

Supermarkets in HCMC have seen online orders increase by 3-10 times after temporary street markets were ordered shut on Saturday to contain a Covid-19 surge. -

Loan of Go Vap District shops online for groceries using supermarkets’ applications.

HCMC is now the second worst Covid-hit locality with 1,973 cases as of Wednesday morning.

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Terrorism threat to Singapore remains high: report

23/06/2021 18:02

The terrorism threat to Singapore remains high as terrorist groups continue spreading their influence online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Security Department (ISD) said on June 23.

Singapore (VNA) - The terrorism threat to Singapore remains high as terrorist groups continue spreading their influence online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Security Department (ISD) said on June 23.

It also warned of how such violence could provoke retaliatory attacks from Islamist terrorist groups./.

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Hanoi reopens hair salons, in-house catering services from June 22

22/06/2021 09:20

NDO – Hanoi authorities have approved the reopening of indoor dining and drinking venues along with hair salons, effective from 0:00 on June 22.

>>> Two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Vietnam

On the evening of June 21, Kon Tum province authorities launched a donation campaign to support the vaccine fund of the province. Over VND13 billion was collected right at the event.

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Vietnamese foreign minister asks for UK help in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines

22/06/2021 16:04

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese foreign minister Bùi Thanh Sơn has asked his UK counterpart Dominic Raab to support Việt Nam in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines as well as consider transferring vaccine production technology.

The two ministers held talks on Tuesday as the UK First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab was on an official visit to Hà Nội, a trip Sơn believed would help boost the Việt Nam-UK bilateral ties.

The two sides also exchanged perspectives on international and regional issues of mutual concern, jointly underlining the importance of the upholding of freedom of navigation, overflight along with maintenance of security and peace in the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea), promoting the role of international law and considering the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982) as the legal framework that governs all maritime activities. — VNS

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Healthy dishes from a noble flower

22/06/2021 08:50

Lê Hương

The quỳnh flower or 'Queen of the Night' in English is renowned in literature and arts as a noble kind of flower, which blooms only at night and offers glorious beauty and a gentle scent.

Regardless, watching the white petals open gradually at night, revealing their fragile stamen with yellow pollen with a relaxing scent is really rewarding.

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Vietnamese food favoured by Japanese female tourists

23/06/2021 09:27

NDO/VNA – Vietnam was the only country that was chosen by Japanese female tourists for its good food, according to a Cambodia/Laos/Myanmar/Vietnam travel sentiment survey.

The survey was conducted by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) and Valise Inc. in January and February 2021 with the participation of Japanese females who had travelled overseas at least once in 2019. About 90% of the surveyed females are in the age groups of 20-29 and 30-39.

According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, the number of Japanese people traveling abroad surpassed 20 million for the first time in 2019, with women aged 20-29 topping the list in terms of both age and gender.

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VnExpress organizes first virtual cycling tournament

23/06/2021 17:04

"Ride safe, stay safe," a virtual cycling race organized for the first time on VnExpress's V-Race platform, was open for registration from noon Wednesday. -

The race, which allows participants to accumulate kilometers, aims to inspire exercise and passion for cycling.

After completing the challenge, cyclists will receive a virtual certificate and a virtual medal to celebrate a meaningful journey.

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Vietnam condemns attacks against civilians in Afghanistan

23/06/2021 10:54

NDO/VNA – Vietnam has condemned attacks targeting civilians and civilian objects in Afghanistan at a UN Security Council’s virtual meeting on the Afghanistan situation on June 22.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representatives of Vietnam to the UN, urged all relevant parties to stop the violence, fully respect international humanitarian law, and ensure unhindered humanitarian access for those in need.

According to the UNAMA, civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 29 percent in the first quarter of 2021, with 573 people killed, 1,210 injured. The nation is also facing a severe humanitarian crisis, with more than 18.4 million people, or more than a third of the population, needing humanitarian assistance.

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Documents required for foreigners when traveling on domestic flights

23/06/2021 07:00

NDO/VNA – The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has announced new requirements for documents when foreigners are travelling on domestic flights.

All foreigners travelling on internal flights must have a valid passport that has been approved for entry and travel within the country.

If a foreign passenger is using a travel document with an entry stamp at the land border gate to take domestic flights, the ground service units will cooperate with the aviation security control force to notify and coordinate with the border gate police to check and determine the travel range of passengers.

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Can Tho woman's 'zero dong supermarket' a lifesaver for some

23/06/2021 18:15

Duong Thanh Ha of Can Tho City has set up a charity stall with vegetables and foods to help people facing economic hardships due to the Covid-19 outbreak. -

For nearly a month now she and her husband have been waking up before dawn to pick vegetables in their garden and take them to her ‘zero dong supermarket’ behind Phuoc Long Pagoda in Le Binh Ward, Cai Rang District.

"I have been coming to this stall every day since it was first set up and could save the money needed to buy vegetables. The vegetables here are very fresh in the evening and there is a large variety to choose from."

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26-year-old man dies after getting COVID-19 vaccine

22/06/2021 19:15

HÀ NỘI - A 26-year-old man died 39 hours after being vaccinated with the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, the Centre for Disease Control in Hà Nội has announced.

According to local health officials, the man received a dose of the vaccine at about 8am on June 20. At the time, his body temperature was 36.1 oC, blood pressure 130/80mmHg and heart rate 80bpm.

The patient experienced difficulty breathing on Monday and was later transferred to Tiền Giang Provincial Field Hospital for treatment. The patient was pronounced dead around 1pm on the same day. - VNS

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COVID-19: Malaysia worries about sporadic cases, Cambodia logs higher death toll

22/06/2021 18:22

Malaysia has recorded a disturbing rise in the number of sporadic and symptomless cases of COVID-19, while Cambodia has posted 18 new deaths linked to the pandemic.

The Malaysian Health Ministry's Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that the sporadic and symptomless cases were found in the Klang Valley area, which encompasses the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and part of the adjacent Selangor state.

As of June 22, Cambodia had recorded a total of 44,124 COVID-19 cases with 38,766 recoveries and 459 fatalities./.

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Firm seeks approval for emergency use of Vietnamese vaccine Nanocovax

22/06/2021 19:09

Nanogen, the Vietnamese company which produces the Nanocovax Covid-19 vaccine, is seeking approval for its emergency use. -

Ho Nhan, chairman of the management board and general director of Nanogen, said Tuesday that the company has filed the proposal for approval with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh last week, but has received no response so far.

The country has approved several Covid-19 vaccines from abroad for emergency use, including Sputnik V by Russia, Pfizer/BioNTech by the U.S. and Sinopharm by China.

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Vietnam Day held as part of Asian Festival Film in Italy

23/06/2021 17:55

The Vietnamese Embassy in Italy and the organising board of the 18th Asian Film Festival held the “Vietnam Day” on June 22, as part of the June 17-23 festival in Rome.

Rome (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Italy and the organising board of the 18th Asian Film Festival held the “Vietnam Day” on June 22, as part of the June 17-23 festival in Rome.

As many as 28 feature and two short films from Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos and Myanmar were featured at the six-day event.

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Vietnam, Indonesia to boost cooperation in key industrial sectors

23/06/2021 11:45

This is among measures that should help strengthen bilateral trade relations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vietnam and Indonesia as two countries with economic potentials and large domestic markets should boost cooperation in key industrial sectors, including automobile, mechanics, chemicals, materials, and supporting industries.

During the 2013-2019 period, Vietnam-Indonesia trade turnover rose sharply from US$5 billion to US$9 billion. While the figure slightly went down in 2020 due to the pandemic, both countries witnessed a strong recovery in the first five months of this year to US$4.5 billion, a surge of 40% year-on-year.

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Opening the door to dialogue between the EU and Russia

21/06/2021 09:29

NDO – Heads of the European Union (EU) member states are to meet in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24 to discuss hot issues including the future of the bloc’s relations with Russia. It is said that the Russia-US summit last week has opened the door to dialogue that the EU should also carry out with Moscow.

This week is marked by a series of important events in the EU’s relationship with Russia, including the EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to consider sanctions on Russia to be held today (June 21).

Despite the damage caused by the sanctions, Russia remains the EU’s fifth most important trading partner. Meanwhile, Brussels is also one of Moscow’s leading trade and investment partners. Although the two sides still have doubts about each other, analysts say that the EU and Russia moving towards improving bilateral ties is an inevitable trend for mutual interests. However, in order to achieve this, both sides need to promptly resolve their disagreements and engage in dialogue in a spirit of mutual respect.

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Press photos and power of moments

22/06/2021 17:56

NDO - One of the strengths of photography is capturing life’s moments and “the decisive moment" as termed by the famous French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.

They are realistic images, not painted or enchanted through advanced techniques and are mainly press photos. During last year and early this year, Vietnamese photojournalism has witnessed remarkable developments with many photographers’ throwing themselves into the danger zone.

The photo photo “Life sprouts during the COVID pandemic” by Pham Thi Phuong Thao from the Vietnam National Union of Health Workers.

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Vietnam to get $200,000 from AFC for 2023 Asian Cup qualification

23/06/2021 10:55

The Asian Football Confederation will give financial aid and bonuses to the teams that have qualified for the 2023 Asian Cup, including Vietnam. -

To help them compete, it will provide $200,000 to each of the 12 teams that have qualified for the continental tournament in China by advancing to the third qualifying round of the World Cup.

The upcoming edition will be hosted by China from June 16 to July 16, 2023. It will feature 24 teams.

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Reference exchange rate up 7 VND

23/06/2021 09:03

The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,191 VND per USD on June 23, up 7 VND from the previous day.

At 8:30 am, the rates at Vietcombank were listed at 22,890 VND/USD (buying) and 23,120 VND/USD (selling), both unchanged from June 22.

BIDV added 10 VND to both rates, listing the buying rate at 22,920 VND and the selling rate at 23,120 VND/USD./.

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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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Repairs to undersea cable scheduled to complete on July 7

23/06/2021 16:18

NDO/VNA – Repairs to the Asia Africa Europe 1 (AAE-1) undersea fibre optic cable will be delayed to July 1 and expected to complete six days later, according to the managing board of the cable.

The undersea cable had a problem on its S1H.1 section on May 25, which caused disruptions to a part of services of domestic telecom providers.

The AAE-1 is among important submarine cable systems of Vietnam alongside four others of the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA), and the South-East Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3 (SMW-3).

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Sydney isolated as COVID-19 clusters build; NZ tightens curbs in capital

23/06/2021 14:23

Australia's largest city of Sydney re-introduced "soft touch" COVID-19 curbs on Wednesday to contain a widening outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, mandating masks in offices while neighbouring states closed their borders.

New Zealand raised the alert level in its capital of Wellington over exposure concerns after an Australian tourist tested positive for the virus upon returning to Sydney from a weekend visit to the neighbouring nation.

The level 2 alert allows offices, schools and businesses to stay open but observe social distancing, one of the conditions on which sport and recreation activities are allowed.

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Vietnamese photographers win prizes at Spanish photo contest

23/06/2021 11:11

NDO/VNA – Vietnamese photographer To Thi Anh Bach won the gold medal at Spain’s competition Biennial International Digital Photojournalism 2021 in the category of photos on COVID-19, for her photo entitled “Xet nghiem COVID cho tre em” (Conducting COVID-19 testing on children).

Photographer Viet Van from Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper also brought home an honourary certificate from the competition for his single image titled “Do than nhiet” (body temperature check) in the same category.

Three other photos of Viet Van also entered the finalist and are published in the competition’s catalogue.

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Senior intelligence official to face bribery charge

22/06/2021 09:55

The Ministry of Public Security has issued a decision to prosecute and arrest Nguyen Duy Linh, former deputy head of the ministry's General Department of Intelligence, for his involvement in the bribery of Phan Van Anh Vu.

On June 15, the ministry' Investigation Police Agency detained Linh and inspected his house based on evidence and documents collected.

He is currently behind bars for his involvement in a number of cases, including those relating to DongA Bank, the disclosure of State secrets, and land-related violations in Da Nang city and HCM City./.

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Athletes hope to be vaccinated soon

23/06/2021 08:39

Thanh Nga

HÀ NỘI — For weeks, track and field athlete Khuất Phương Anh has been training in the Hà Nội-based National Sports Training Centre, without being allowed out.

“So the national tournaments will still run according to the annual plan. At the beginning of the year, a number of national tournaments were held, while other tournaments are still frozen. When the pandemic is completely controlled, a series of national tournaments will be organised,” said Phấn. — VNS

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Vietnam proactively combats desertification, mitigates drought

23/06/2021 07:55

Realizing the importance of international cooperation in combating desertification, Vietnam ratified the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1998 and, as a matter of fact, has implemented many programmes/projects of desertification control and has achieved encouraging success.

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Covid patient fined for escaping hospital to buy food

22/06/2021 14:17

A Covid-19 patient in Bac Giang who scaled the walls of a field hospital to go out and buy food has been fined VND17.5 million ($761.64). -

The 22-year-old man was fined after authorities deemed his behavior "dangerous" and to set an example for others, Hoang Cong Bo, chairman of the Hiep Hoa District People's Committee, said Monday.

Several areas in the province have mandated social distancing and shut down karaoke parlors, bars, gyms, and other non-essential businesses.

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Vietnam reports 82 new local Covid-19 cases

23/06/2021 19:14

Health authorities confirmed 82 new local Covid-19 cases Wednesday evening, taking the day's total to 217. -

Among the 82 new cases, 61 were confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, six in Da Nang, five in Nghe An, four in Bac Ninh, three in Long An, two in Kien Giang Province and one in Bac Giang.

Eighteen localities have gone 14 days without new cases, and eight have done so for 30 days.

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Indonesia reports 83 missing fishermen in six months

21/06/2021 09:07

As many as 83 fishermen went missing in Indonesian seas for six months from December 2020 to June 2021, recorded Indonesia's Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW).

DFW Indonesia Coordinator, Moh Abdi Suhufan on June 20 said that the disappearance of fishermen was triggered by 42 accidents, the majority of which occurred in fishing boats with sizes below 10 GT.

The fishing industry is currently dominated by small-scale fishing vessels as 99.16 percent of Indonesia’s current fleet are below 30 GT./.

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PM Chính hails success of launching new national databases

23/06/2021 07:00

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Tuesday said launching a national database on population and the citizen identity database was a step forward in the process of transforming national governance.

He made a statement while attending a conference to review the national population database project and the citizen identification card project.

The PM said the efforts, innovation and determination of all involved in the construction and operation of the national database on population and citizen identity management would be appreciated by people and businesses. — VNS

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Thiem retires injured from Wimbledon warmup event in Mallorca

23/06/2021 06:52

World number five Dominic Thiem was forced to retire from his opening match at the Mallorca Open on Tuesday (June 22), raising doubts about the Austrian's participation at Wimbledon next week.

Playing in his first grasscourt event since his opening round defeat at Wimbledon two years ago, Thiem made a fast start against France's Adrian Mannarino to take a 5-2 lead in the opening set. But in the eighth game, Thiem struck a forehand and appeared to injure his right wrist. After receiving a medical timeout, the 27-year-old decided against continuing the match.

* Li Tie will continue to lead China's national team after steering his side into the final round of Asia's preliminaries for the 2022 World Cup, the president of the Chinese Football Association confirmed on Tuesday. The former Everton midfielder, who took over as head coach following Marcello Lippi's resignation, led the Chinese to four straight wins this month to secure a berth in the next round of qualifying for Qatar.

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Hanoi Mayor Chu Ngoc Anh re-elected for term 2021-2026

23/06/2021 12:59

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has been re-elected with high endorsement.

The 16th Hanoi People’s Council in its first session today [June 23] has re-elected Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh for the position in the 2021-2026 term with the endorsement of 92 out of 94 deputies at present.

“Those elected into key positions are highly qualified with a strong commitment to their respective responsibilities,” Dung noted.

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COVID-19: Vietnam sees 82 new domestic cases, 138 recoveries

23/06/2021 19:40

Vietnam reported 82 new COVID-19 domestic and three imported cases in the six hours to 6pm on June 23, according to the Ministry of Health.

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam reported 82 new COVID-19 domestic and three imported cases in the six hours to 6pm on June 23, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of those who are still under treatment at medical facilities, 341 have tested negative for the coronavirus once, 143 twice and 130 thrice. Eighteen localities have not seen new infections in the community for two weeks. In the context of complicated developments, the MoH called on citizens to follow the 5K message, including khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering), and khai bao y te (health declaration), to help contain the outbreaks./.

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

23/06/2021 20:40

Many new Covid-19 cases detected in HCMC recently are of people visiting hospitals seeking treatment for other health problems, meaning their transmission sources are unclear. -

The number of daily cases in HCMC has kept passing the 130 mark for over a week now, making up the highest number of cases reported nationwide.

The city is going through its fourth week of social distancing restrictions, which started May 31.

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Hanoi opens restaurants, Ho Chi Minh City sees rising cases

22/06/2021 08:11

Bars and pubs for beer are only allowed for takeaway in the capital city.

Covid-19 news in Vietnam on June 21 spotlighted the reopening of restaurants and barbershops in Hanoi in contrast with the rising infections in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

Its inoculation remains slow due to the thin vaccine supply. As of June 21, around 2.55 million doses have been administered in Vietnam or 2.63 heads per 100 people, compared to 7.87 in the Philippines, 9.1 in Myanmar, 11.49 in Thailand, 13.09 in Indonesia, 15.65 in Brunei, 17.05 in Laos, 18.56 in Malaysia, 37.06 in Cambodia, and 85.32 in Singapore.

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Vietnam chairs 64th meeting of Initiative for ASEAN Integration Task Force

23/06/2021 06:51

NDO/VNA - The Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Task Force convened its 64th meeting via videoconference on June 22 under the chair of Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN and Chair of the Task Force in 2021.

It was a regular meeting of ASEAN permanent representatives to review projects within the IAI framework and put forward solutions to improve the efficiency of IAI work plans, including the completion of the IAI Work Plan III (2016 - 2020) and the launch of the IAI Work Plan IV (2021-2025) which was adopted in late 2020.

The IAI was launched in 2000 with a view to narrowing the development gap and helping CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam), which were new members, to fully integrate into the regional economy.

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Vietnam records 80 new domestic COVID-19 cases on June 23 morning

23/06/2021 14:33

Vietnam reported 80 new COVID-19 domestic cases in the six hours from 6am to 12pm on June 23, of them 70 were detected in quarantine sites and sealed off areas, according to the Ministry of Health.

Half of the new cases were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, 23 in Binh Duong, eight in Bac Giang, four in Hung Yen, two each in Lao Cai and Long An and one in Bac Kan.

In the context of complicated developments, the MoH called on citizens to follow the 5K message, including khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering), and khai bao y te (health declaration), to help contain the outbreaks./.

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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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Hanoi welcomes 2.9 million visitors in first half 2021

23/06/2021 14:42

The number of tourists to Hanoi in the first half of 2021 is estimated at 2.9 million, down 25 percent year-on-year, according to the municipal Tourism Department.

The city has earned only 8.1 trillion VND (352.6 million USD) from tourism services, a year-on-year decrease of 57 percent.

The city attracted some 8.65 million holidaymakers in 2020, equivalent to 30 percent as compared with 2019, of whom foreign arrivals were estimated at 1.11 million, equivalent to 15.8 percent from last year./.

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Australian gov't urged to address vaccine hesitancy in communities with diverse cultural backgrounds

23/06/2021 07:30

The Australian government has been urged to launch health campaigns to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) recently warned that Australia would struggle to reach the desired level of COVID-19 immunity without coordinated campaigns aimed at the communities.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 30,366 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the numbers of locally and overseas acquired cases in the last 24 hours were five and four respectively, with one extra case under investigation, according to the latest figures updated on Tuesday evening from the Department of Health.

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MoIT asks for cooperation in anti-dumping investigation on imported steel products

23/06/2021 10:21

The Trade Remedies Authority under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said that it had sent questionnaires on end-of-term review of anti-dumping measures against imported galvanized steel products originated from China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) to all foreign steel producers and exporters.

Earlier, on June 4, the MoIT decided to conduct the end-of-term review of anti-dumping measures against galvanized steel products imported from China and the RoK.

The authority advised all foreign producers and exporters to show full cooperation throughout the investigation process. It added that all information and data submitted by them will be kept confidential in line with the law.

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National population database to be operational on July 1

22/06/2021 20:43

Once becoming operational, the system will help cut paper costs, reduce verification for authorities and travel time for citizens.

Vietnam will set off its national database system on the population on July 1, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced at a conference on June 22 with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

He noted that these technologies must meet certain requirements, including processing capacity, operational stability, information security, users’ convenience, and ease of integration with other Governmental information systems.

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Hanoians out and about as shops reopen after Covid halt

23/06/2021 12:15

Hanoians are coming out in droves to eat at their favorite restaurants and get their hair cut as these businesses reopen after a month. -

On Tuesday, Nguyen Thi Kieu Trang, an accountant at a company in Hai Ba Trung District, decided to take the morning off from work to have breakfast with her family at a pho restaurant before heading to her favorite hair salon.

"I hope these restaurants and salons will not have to close again. The threat is still here," Trang said while wiping her seat and table in the restaurant with an alcohol pad.

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Lai Xa Photography Museum - where to snap Vietnam’s photography

23/06/2021 20:42

The museum preserves many valuable items which tell the history of the country’s photography.

Only 15 km from Hanoi’s center, Lai Xa Photography Museum in Lai Xa village, Kim Chung Commune in Hoai Duc District is regarded as the first and only craft village dedicated to photography and the birthplace of photography in Vietnam.

According to Dr. Nguyen Van Huy, former Director of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, without Lai Xa Photography Museum, today nobody would know how rich the local photographic history is. “It is the Lai Xa villagers that have contributed to the local photography in particular and the country in general,” he said.

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HCM City’s former official prosecuted

22/06/2021 09:54

The People’s Procuracy of Ho Chi Minh City on June 21 approved a decision to start legal proceedings against Tat Thanh Cang, former permanent vice secretary of the municipal Party Committee, for “violations of regulations on management and use of State assets, causing losses”.

Cang and three others - Pham Van Thong and Phan Thanh Tan and Huynh Phuoc Long, who were also former officials of the municipal Party Committee, were accused of being involved in several violations found at the Tan Thuan Investment and Construction Co. Ltd.

Previously, on April 7, the Party Central Committee's Secretariat decided to expel Cang from the Party./.

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