Vietnam Latest News on 22/07/2021

5,357 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday

21/07/2021 20:02

HÀ NỘI — A further 5,343 domestic cases of COVID-19 were reported in Việt Nam on Wednesday, as well as 14 imported cases that were quarantined upon arrival.

There are 123 patients being treated in intensive care. A further 18 are in a critical condition and being treated with ECMO.

The national tally overall of COVID-19 cases has reached 68,177, including 66,078 domestic cases and 2,099 imported cases. — VNS

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Teacher's song for Sài Gòn goes viral

22/07/2021 08:31

Lê Hương

Among dozens of songs featuring the pandemic and its consequences, Sài Gòn Tôi Sẽ (My Sài Gòn Will…) by English teacher Nguyễn Thái Dương has won the hearts of millions of people throughout the country and even people abroad.

“When the learners find it easy, they want to continue,” he said. “When I see them happy, I’m happy, too.”

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Government sets up COVID-19 special working group

21/07/2021 15:52

The Government has decided to establish a special working group to carry out COVID-19 prevention and control tasks.

The working group will be located in Ho Chi Minh City, which is the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot, and directed by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The Minister of Health should also provide written instructions on the implementation of shortening the period of quarantine for people entering the country who have received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They should urgently issue guidelines on the classification of cases F0, F1, F2 for appropriate, scientific, close and effective management measures./.

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Việt Nam chairs meeting on UNCLOS’ role in sustainable sea, ocean preservation

22/07/2021 11:50

NEW YORK — The Permanent Mission of Việt Nam to the United Nations (UN) chaired an online meeting of the Group of Friends on the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on July 21.

The event's theme highlights the importance of the UNCLOS in the fulfillment of UN Sustainable Development Goal No.14 (SDG 14) on conservation and sustainable use of seas and oceans.

Founded on June 30, 2021 under the initiative of 12 countries, including Việt Nam, Germany and others, the group now comprises 107 UN member states, including five permanent members of the UN Security Council and others in Southeast Asia. — VNS

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Economy expected to top ASEAN until next year

22/07/2021 12:13

NDO - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is becoming increasingly complex, is expected to continue creating a grey economic picture in the region. However, Vietnam is still believed to be a leader in regional economic growth, despite some risks remaining.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just lowered Vietnam's economic growth projection for this year from 6.7% in April 2021 to 5.8% its freshly-released Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021 Supplement: Renewed Outbreaks and Divergent Recoveries.

However, Dhiraj Nim and Khoon Goh, economists at ANZ, commented "We remain constructive on Vietnam as far as its regional standing goes. Amid a broader resurgence of the pandemic in Asia, Vietnam's growth prospects still look better in a relative sense. After averting contraction in 2020, its expected pace of recovery in 2021 implies that it will be among one of the first economies to narrow, or even close, its negative output gap in the region. In addition, the medium-term prospects are solid, amid expectations of rising exports and foreign direct investment."

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Tour guide takes skills online

22/07/2021 08:52

A tour guide has walked tourists through Hanoi in this pandemic by hosting online tours, which not only brings him more income but also helps armchair travelers discover the capital. -

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Handling of foreign deaths to be reviewed, after RoK COVID-19 cremation incident: Ministry

22/07/2021 17:16

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese authorities and local administrations will review protocols in dealing with deaths of foreign nationals due to COVID-19, spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng said on Thursday.

She was speaking in response to reports from the Republic of Korea (RoK) Consulate General claiming a man in HCM City, currently the country’s biggest coronavirus hot spot, died of COVID-19 this month and was cremated without the family or the RoK diplomatic mission being notified.

Vietnamese health ministry’s guidelines on handling COVID-19 deaths, issued earlier last year, call for a cremation as soon as possible, with relatives not allowed to be on the same vehicle that transported the body to the cremation site. — VNS

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'Shark Tank' US judge wants to invest more in Vietnam

22/07/2021 10:30

Kevin Harrington, an original 'shark' on Shark Tank U.S., and two Vietnamese entrepreneurs gave their success formulas for investing in startups in Nguy Co talkshow. -

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Deputy PM asks for seriously punishing brokers for illegal fishing overseas

22/07/2021 11:48

The Ministry of Public Security has been asked to seriously punish individuals and organisations working as brokers to bring Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen to overseas waters to illegally exploit aquatic resources.

It was directed by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, head of the National Steering Committee on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Prevention and Control, in document No.198/TB-VPCP issued by the Government Office on July 21.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, the Vietnam Fisheries Society, and fisheries enterprises must seriously follow regulations on IUU fishing prevention, as well as stay away from buying, processing or exporting products with IUU fishing origin./.

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Indonesia expands entry restrictions for foreign workers over COVID-19

22/07/2021 09:58

Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has said foreign workers involved in the national strategic projects starting July 21 are not allowed to enter the country, as the government has expanded restrictions to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Foreign workers who previously came as part of a national strategic project, or for reasons of family union, can no longer enter Indonesia, Laoly noted.

As of July 21, the country had recorded 2,983,830 cases, including 2,356,553 recoveries and 77,583 deaths./.

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Official dispatch calls for stronger COVID-19 prevention and control measures

22/07/2021 16:23

HÀ NỘI — Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Võ Văn Thưởng has called for stronger efforts in the country's fight against the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

On Wednesday an official dispatch on strengthening COVID-19 prevention and control measures was sent to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, and the Ministry of Information and Communications must direct press and news agencies to orient public opinion, contributing to creating high consensus on pandemic prevention and control. — VNS

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US Defense Secretary Austin to visit Việt Nam on July 28-29: Foreign ministry

22/07/2021 16:45

HÀ NỘI — US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will make an official trip to Việt Nam on July 28-29 at the invitation of the Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Phan Văn Giang, spokesperson for the Vietnamese foreign ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng announced on Thursday.

The visit, part of a Southeast Asian tour with stops in the Philippines and Singapore in addition to Việt Nam starting this Friday, is the first one to the region by a top official of the Biden-Harris administration.

Countries should also contribute to the maintenance of peace, security, stability, and order and uphold the rule of law in line with the aspiration of the region and international community, the spokesperson said. — VNS

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Manulife Vietnam launches innovative new personal virtual assistant for agents

22/07/2021 11:38

MaxX D is set to revolutionize how Manulife Vietnam’s 57,000 agents work by enhancing their productivity and the customer experience.

Manulife Vietnam continues to pioneer the transformation of the life insurance industry with the launch of its new MaxX D mobile application, offering an all-in-one digital solution that acts as a personal virtual assistant for agents.

The MaxX D app is now available for Manulife Vietnam agents to download via the App Store and Google Play.

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Reduced insurance premiums for 11.2 million workers

22/07/2021 08:00

HÀ NỘI — More than 11.2 million employees, working at 375,000 businesses in the country, have received a reduction in their insurance premiums for occupational accidents and diseases, worth about VNĐ4.3 trillion (US$187.6 million), according to Việt Nam Social Security.

The financial support is part of a support package for people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, worth VNĐ26 trillion (US$1.1 billion) issued by the Government.

This is part of implementing Resolution No 68/NQ-CP dated July 1, 2021 and the Decision No 23/QĐ-Ttg dated July 7, 2021. — VNS

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HCMC-Hanoi flights hit further by Covid threat

22/07/2021 11:27

The government has decided to further reduce the number of daily flights between HCMC and Hanoi to two from Thursday and allow only 200 passengers. -

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said the decision follows the worsening of the Covid-19 situation in the capital.

Vietnam has had 67,422 cases since the fourth wave began in April.

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HCMC expects to discharge 1,000 Covid-19 patients per day

22/07/2021 13:54

With the current treatment capacity, about 1,000 Covid-19 patients will be released from hospitals daily, a HCMC health official said. -

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s current Covid-19 epicenter, currently operates 35 Covid-19 hospitals that offer more than 59,000 beds, including 13 field hospitals.

After staying at a hospital for a week, patients would be tested, and if the result is negative or shows a low viral concentration, be sent home two days later. Once at home, all patients would be monitored and must follow health authority guidance and be tested twice more.

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Three Vietnam tourist cities among world's 100 greatest places: Time

22/07/2021 20:00

Hanoi, HCMC and Phu Quoc have made it onto the global list of 100 greatest places to explore on Earth as voted by Time magazine. -

Time recommended travelers to explore Hanoi where they can enjoy a renewed life in the Old Quarter.

The list features 21 U.S. destinations while Europe is well-represented on the list as well, accounting for 28.

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HCMC Party Committee mulls stricter restrictions as Covid continues to rage

21/07/2021 09:48

HCMC is seeking opinions from experts and ministries to prepare for possibly making its social distancing requirements even more stringent. -

Nguyen Van Nen, secretary of the city Party Committee, said Tuesday this would stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has continued to infect thousands of people despite nearly two weeks of social distancing.

It has been under two weeks of strict social distancing since July 9, requiring people to stay home and only go out for necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.

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WHO warns COVID-19 Delta variant to dominate globally within months

22/07/2021 09:20

NDO – The Delta coronavirus variant is expected to become dominant globally the next few months, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Delta, the highly contagious strain discovered for the first time in India, has appeared in 124 countries and territories, 13 more than last week, accounting for more than three-quarters of samples sequenced in major countries.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from Indonesia (350,273 new cases, up 44%), Britain (296,447 new cases, up 41%), and Brazil (287,610 new cases, down 14%).

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Vietnam produces test batch of Sputnik V vaccine

22/07/2021 20:43

VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on July 21 announced the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in Vietnam.

According to VABIOTECH, the made-in-Vietnam Sputnik V vaccine will be used in the national immunisation programme after the technology transfer is completed and it goes through quality control by Gamaleya Center, the Russian research institute that develops the Sputnik V vaccine.

To date, Sputnik V has been registered in 68 countries with a total population of over 3.7 billion, which is nearly half of the global population. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of people in Mexico, Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, the UAE, and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against the coronavirus.

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Da Nang bans delivery, ride-hailing services amid Covid surge

22/07/2021 12:48

Da Nang has banned delivery and ride-hailing services from noon Thursday and urged people not to go out unnecessarily amid a rise in Covid-19 incidence. -

The people's committee said people should only go out for essential purposes like official work, buying food or medicine and other emergencies and stay at least two meters apart from each other and not more than two should gather in in public.

On Wednesday the central city took samples from over 56,300 people and found 28 infected.

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Việt Nam grateful for international COVID-19 vaccine support: Foreign ministry

22/07/2021 17:58

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam welcomes and is grateful for the timely and practical assistance from countries, partners, and international organisations to Việt Nam with regards to COVID-19, foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng said on Thursday.

The spokesperson also confirmed that a further three million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US Government would be delivered to Việt Nam via the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX on Sunday, bringing the total assistance to five million doses after the first shipment of two million doses of Moderna arrived on July 10.

By the end of Wednesday, 4,042,984 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, mainly AstraZeneca, have been administered in Việt Nam, with 324,955 people having received the full two doses. — VNS

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Vietnam parliament urged to issue resolution on Covid-19 control

22/07/2021 15:09

Vietnam’s lawmakers requested timely lawmaking at a time when Covid-19 is sweeping almost every part of the country.

Vietnam’s lawmakers at the ongoing plenum have suggested the issuance of a resolution on Covid-19 prevention and control.

The Ministry of Health assumes responsibility for dealing with infectious diseases by monitoring, preventing, and controlling them; issuing, amending, and supplementing the list of infectious diseases, which are subject to the compulsory use of vaccine/medical-biological products; and guiding the appraisal of health impact assessment report of infectious disease examination and treatment facility.

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Ministry wants HCMC wholesale markets reopened

22/07/2021 11:50

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on HCMC authorities to reopen the city's three wholesale markets to increase food supply. -

Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon markets, which have been closed for over two weeks after Covid-19 infections were discovered there, should be listed among "essential businesses" that are allowed to open during the social distancing period, it said.

HCMC has recorded nearly 43,800 Covid-19 cases since April 27, when the latest wave began.

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Southeast Asian nations

22/07/2021 21:48

Indonesia's total cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 3 million since the first infection was detected in the country in March last year.

The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on July 22 that the coronavirus cases across the country rose by 49,509 within the past 24 hours to 3,033,339.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 25 of the new cases are imported and 13,009 are local transmissions.

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Vietnamese Defence Minister holds talks with British counterpart

22/07/2021 17:30

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s Minister of National Defence General Phan Văn Giang chaired a welcome ceremony and held talks with UK Secretary of State for Defence Robert Ben Lobban Wallace in Hà Nội on Thursday.

They agreed that in recent years, bilateral cooperation had been lifted, with many achievements in politics, economy, trade, culture and education.

During his Việt Nam visit from July 21-23, the UK Secretary of State for Defence is scheduled to pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính, visit the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam and the Việt Nam National Border Committee, and have a meeting with several officers who participated in UN peacekeeping missions. VNS

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US deputy secretary of state to visit China: FM spokesperson

22/07/2021 07:27

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Tianjin of China from July 25 to 26, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Wednesday.

The spokesperson said the United States has proposed to arrange Sherman to visit China to exchange views on bilateral ties. Agreed by both sides, Sherman will visit Tianjin from July 25 to 26.

China will expound to the United States its position on developing bilateral relations and a firm attitude in safeguarding its own sovereignty, security, and development interests. China will demand that the US side should stop interfering in China's internal affairs and harming China's interests, the spokesperson said.

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Children's classic books re-published

22/07/2021 18:19

NDO - Classic books that have entertained many generations of readers are being brought back by the Kim Dong Publishing House with a new look, more suitable to modern readers.

“Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The Autobiography of a Horse”, “The Jungle Book” and four classic works of Gianni Rodari: “The Blue Arrow”, “The Adventures of the Little Onion”, “Gelsomino in the Country of Liars” and “The Cake in the Sky” were introduced by Kim Dong Publishing House to readers this summer, through new translations and a more youthful and closer expression.

Gianni Rodari is the most famous Italian children's author of the 20th century. His work has been translated into many languages around the world and won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970.

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Viettel’s joint venture helps modernise Laos’ military

22/07/2021 11:20

Star Telecom (Unitel), a joint venture between Viettel Global and Lao Asia Telecom in Laos, has presented the Lao Ministry of Defence 3 million USD to support the development of the country’s military.

Star Telecom General Director Luu Manh Ha handed over the amount to Major General Phaivanh Chanthaphomma, head of the Lao Ministry of Defence’s Office during a recent ceremony held in Vientiane, local media reported on July 22.

Affirming that the support will be a great help in modernising Laos’ military, he pledged that he will direct relevant agencies to optimise the efficiency of the aid./.

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Large enterprises play a major role in value chain

22/07/2021 18:08

NDO – Currently, the linkage between agricultural product production and trade is forming and developing strongly with diverse contents and forms. Of which, large enterprises play the major role, leading the value chain and the market. At the macro level, the guidelines and policies of the Party, State and localities play an important role, leading to an open direction, facilitating and promoting strong linkages.

The Dalat Hasfarm Co., Ltd (Da Lat City, Lam Dong) is an enterprise specializing in the production and distribution of seedlings, cut flowers and potted flowers in the domestic market and for export. With an area of nearly 320 hectares, Dalat Hasfarm currently produces about 200 million flower stems and 250 million seedlings each year, supplying markets around the world. In 2020, the sale of flowers reached more than VND58 billion. According to Nguyen Van Bao, Deputy General Director of Dalat Hasfarm Co., Ltd, the fact that Dalat Hasfarm shook hands with Da Lat farmers in a closed chain from production to consumption has brought benefits and higher profits to the both farmers and enterprises.

With a vision to 2030, there will be 80,000 to 100,000 enterprises with effective business investment activities in the agricultural sector, of which about 3,000 to 4,000 are large-scale enterprises and 6,000 to 8,000 medium-sized enterprises.

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Additional 2,967 COVID-19 cases confirmed

22/07/2021 08:16

VGP - The Ministry of Health confirmed two imported cases and 2,965 domestic infection cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning, raising the national caseload to 71,144.

The domestic cases are residents in 18 localities including HCMC (2,433), Long An (233), Binh Duong (64), Dong Nai (53), Tien Giang (41), Vinh Long (38), Ben Tre (28), Da Nang (27), An Giang (15), Kien Giang (10), Hau Giang (5), Binh Phuoc (5), Hai Phong (3), Can Tho (3), Ha Noi (2), Son La (2), Quang Binh (2) and Thua-Thien Hue (1). Of these, 2,784 were uncovered at quarantine camps or lockdown areas.

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[Interactive] Updates on COVID-19

22/07/2021 17:19

The fourth wave of COVID-19 since April 27, 2021 is the most severe outbreak in Vietnam so far, taking a heavy toll on the economy, society, and people’s lives. Aside from demanding serious application of the 5K principle, the Government has issued many strong measures against the pandemic.

The fourth wave of COVID-19 has been happening on a large scale and increasingly unpredictable as it has spread to more than 50 cities and provinces.

As many as 11,971 COVID-19 patients were given all-clear as of 6:00 am on July 22, 2021, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Tropical depression located about 110km from Mong Cai City

22/07/2021 09:27

NDO - At 7am on July 22, the centre of a tropical depression was located on the mainland south of Guangxi Province (China), about 110km east-northeast of Mong Cai City in Quang Ninh Province, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

At 7am on July 23, its location is forecast to be about 21.3 degrees north latitude and 108.4 degrees east longitude, on the north sea of the Gulf of Tonkin, about 60km southeast of Mong Cai City. The strongest winds near its centre will be 40-50 km/hour, with gusts of level 8.

The waters from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau, and from Ca Mau to Kien Giang will suffer from showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of tornadoes and strong gusts.

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First batch of Sputnik V vaccine produced in Vietnam

21/07/2021 19:57

VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on July 21 announced the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in Vietnam.

According to VABIOTECH, the made-in-Vietnam Sputnik V vaccine will be used in the national immunisation programme after the technology transfer is completed and it goes through quality control by Gamaleya Center, the Russian research institute that develops the Sputnik V vaccine.

President of VABIOTECH Do Tuan Dat said he hopes the cooperation between the RDIF and his firm will help provide quality and affordable COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries./.

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Mekong-Ganga Cooperation shows India’s extended assistance to regional countries

22/07/2021 14:27

The cooperation between India and five Mekong countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam is aimed to shore up cooperation in the areas of tourism, culture, education, and transport.

India has committed to financing the Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) for other Mekong countries namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam at the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The Mekong–Ganga Cooperation (MGC) was established on November 10, 2000 in Vientiane, Laos with an aim to take collective action towards inclusive regional socio-economic development and strengthening the bondage of friendship among the people of the region. It stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical, and civilizational ties between six countries.

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Urbanisation ratio reaches 40.4 percent

22/07/2021 10:10

Vietnam’s urbanisation ratio reached about 40.4 percent as of the end of June, with a total of 867 urban areas, according to the Ministry of Construction.

Compared to the end of 2020, the ratio rose about 0.4 percent, with the establishment of five new urban areas, the ministry reported.

Under the Resolution released at the 13th National Party Congress, Vietnam targets 45 percent in the ratio of urbanisation in 2025 and about 50 percent in 2030./.

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BOT toll collections suspended in southern region

22/07/2021 11:18

HCM CITY — HCM City has suspended toll collections at BOT (build-operate-transfer) toll stations to support the fight against the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

The city People’s Committee on July 20 decided to temporarily stop toll collection operations at the An Sương - An Lạc toll station, Phú Mỹ Bridge toll station, Hà Nội Highway toll station, and toll stations on Nguyễn Văn Linh Boulevard in HCM City.

Besides HCM City, 18 southern provinces and cities are also applying social distancing measures under Directive No 16, including Bình Dương, Đồng Nai, Cần Thơ City, Bình Phước, Tây Ninh, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Tiền Giang, Long An, Vĩnh Long, Đồng Tháp, Bến Tre, Hậu Giang, An Giang, Bạc Liêu, Sóc Trăng, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau and Kiên Giang. — VNS

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Samsung Electronics named the top brand in Asia for tenth consecutive year

22/07/2021 18:25

HÀ NỘI — Samsung Electronics Company Ltd, has been named the number one brand in Campaign Asia-Pacific and NielsenIQ’s ‘Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands 2021’ study. This is the 10th consecutive year in which Samsung has been voted by consumers in the region as their top brand in the annual research conducted across 14 markets in Asia-Pacific.

Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands is a consumer opinion survey that quantitatively measures brand preference in 15 product/service categories. Brands that emerge on the list are those who have succeeded in earning positive mindshare as being most trusted and well-loved by consumers.

The study encompasses 15 major categories including alcohol; apparel and accessories; automotive; beverages; consumer electronics; delivery; financial services; food; home appliances; household and personal care; media and telecommunications; restaurants; retail; sports & entertainment; and transport, travel and leisure. Within these major categories there are 80 sub-categories. — VNS

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Thai CEOs propose strategy on post-pandemic economic recovery

22/07/2021 17:03

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and 40 CEOs and business leaders discussed ways to reconstruct the country’s economy after COVID-19 crisis during their online meeting on July 21.

At the event, hosted by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), the CEOs said that the country should design more generous economic relief and a clear alternative plan after a missed vaccination procurement target.

On July 22, the Southeast Asian country reported 13,655 new COVID-19 cases and 87 deaths in the past 24 hours. Since the pandemic hit the country, Thailand has seen 453,132 infections, including 3,697 deaths./.

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Vietnam concerned about recent developments in Cyprus

22/07/2021 09:52

Vietnam is concerned about political tensions and the fact that there are different views among the parties in Cyprus, said Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, on July 21.

He made the statement at a regular consultation of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Republic of Cyprus and the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

At the meeting, Spehar, reported on the situation in the country during the first six months of this year, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UNFICYP's activities and trust-building activities between communities as well as efforts to find peace in Cyprus in the past time./.

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Hanoians flock to Covid testing site

22/07/2021 18:00

Wearing raincoats and protective clothing, a myriad of people gathered at a capital Covid-19 testing site, neglecting social distancing measures amid the pandemic resurgence. -

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World Bank to support 600 Vietnamese SMEs in digital transformation

22/07/2021 17:23

NDO - The World Bank has launched a programme to support 600 Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to apply technological solutions to enhance their productivity and competitiveness.

Such enterprises will be given free training on using copyrighted software and organising their resources.

RTA is a developer of solutions to assist in corporate management, market research, socio-economic surveying, paperless operation and automated administration.

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Vietnam confirms 2,965 new local Covid cases

22/07/2021 06:51

The Ministry of Health announced 2,965 more Covid-19 community transmissions Thursday morning, raising the ongoing coronavirus wave's tally to 67,422. -

Of the new patients, 2,433 were recorded in Ho Chi Minh City while its two neighbors Long An and Binh Duong got 233 and 64, respectively.

It has vaccinated more than 4.36 million, or 4.5 percent of the population, against the new coronavirus, but only 324,955 have received two doses.

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Vietnamese weightlifters set the bar for Olympic medals

22/07/2021 07:04

Weightlifting is Vietnam's biggest Olympic hope this year, with Thach Kim Tuan and Hoang Thi Duyen going all out for medals. -

In the past, Vietnamese weightlifting won one silver medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics and one bronze at London 2012, both in the men's 56 kg category. Tuan had started his career in this weight class. But when the International World Federation removed this class and replaced it with 55 kilograms, Tuan decided to move up to the 61 kg segment.

Tuan will compete on July 25 and Duyen on the 27th.

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Binh Duong drug rehab center reports 500 positive coronavirus cases

22/07/2021 10:26

Mass testing has found 506 inmates and staff at Bo La Drug Rehabilitation Center in Binh Duong Province positive for the novel coronavirus. -

The rehab center is managed by the Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs but is placed in Phuoc Hoa Commune in Phu Giao District of Binh Duong that borders HCMC.

In the ongoing Covid-19 wave that broke out in Vietnam in late April, HCMC has recorded 43,776 cases and been for weeks the nation’s epicenter, while Binh Duong has got 4,753 infections.

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500 found to have Covid at Binh Duong drug rehab center

22/07/2021 10:26

Mass testing for Covid-19 at the Bo La Drug Rehabilitation Center in Binh Duong Province found 506 inmates and staff infected. -

The center is managed by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs but is situated in Phuoc Hoa Commune in the neighboring province’s Phu Giao District.

In the current Covid wave that broke out in late April, HCMC has had 43,776 cases and become the nation’s epicenter, Binh Duong has reported 4,753 cases.

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Vietnam makes first batch of Russian Covid-19 vaccine

21/07/2021 18:05

The first test batch of Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 has been produced in Vietnam, according to an announcement Wednesday. -

The first validation samples taken from the produced batch will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center in Russia for quality control checks, the fund and the company said in a joint statement, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Vietnamese pharmaceutical firm Vabiotech said in a joint statement.

Russia says the efficacy of the vaccine is 97.6 percent.

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Russia sells arms worth over EUR1 bln at aerospace show

22/07/2021 20:53

The Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport announced on Thursday it has signed contracts worth over EUR1billion (US$1.18 billion) during the ongoing MAKS aerospace show.

Rosoboronexport signed 13 deals on the sidelines of the MAKS-2021 for the supply of Russian military products, including Su-30SME aircraft, Mi-35M and Mi-17V5 helicopters, modern aerial weapons and armored vehicles, said the company's Director General Alexander Mikheev.

During the aerospace show, Russia unveiled a prototype of its fifth-generation lightweight single-engine fighter jet "Checkmate," which mainly targets foreign buyers.

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Prime Minister meets UK Secretary of State for Defence

22/07/2021 20:45

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted a reception for UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace on July 22 in Hanoi.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Chinh suggested the UK promote the implementation of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, encourage its businesses to invest in Vietnam and facilitate Vietnamese goods' access to its market.

They consented to continuing to promote defence ties with a focus on the exchange of delegations, the implementation of the existing cooperation mechanisms such as the Defence Policy Dialogue at the deputy ministerial level and the bilateral working group on defense cooperation, English language training for Vietnamese officers, the participation in UN peacekeeping missions, defence industry and cooperation on multilateral forums./.

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Ensuring sufficient supply of essential goods during social distancing

22/07/2021 18:05

NDO - Southern provinces and cities have connected with many enterprises to ensure the supply of essential goods during the social distancing period following Directive 16/CT-TTg. In addition, many localities are entering the harvest season of various agricultural products with abundant output, which will be an essential source of supply to meet local demand and also to sell to other provinces and cities across the country as well as for export.

After suspending the operation of all traditional markets to prevent the spread of the pandemic, the Department of Industry and Trade of Can Tho city has “brought the market to the street” and arranged stores with stabilised prices at five locations in Phong Dien, Binh Thuy and Ninh Kieu districts. The storage area is spacious and airy, ensuring safe conditions for pandemic prevention and control while both buyers and sellers strictly adhere to 5K regulations.

Meanwhile, by the end of July, Can Tho will have harvested more than 439,000 tonnes or rice, over 7,500 tonnes of vegetables, 455 tonnes of corn, about 59 tonnes of beans and more than 10,000 tonnes of fruits.

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