Vietnam Latest News on 26/07/2021

Let shippers deliver food, says Grab

26/07/2021 09:33

Delivery app Grab wants food delivery services resumed in Hanoi since they help reduce the number of people gathering to fulfill various needs. -

"Since Hanoi authorities have been limiting the number of people at supermarkets and retail locations to lower the risk of contagion, services like GrabFood, GrabMart and GrabExpress have provided valuable assistance," it said in a proposal, referring to its food, retail and parcel delivery services.

Hanoi began a 15-day social distancing order starting 6 a.m. Saturday amid rising coronavirus concerns in both the capital and nationwide.

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Hanoi carries out major disinfection operation against COVID-19

26/07/2021 16:07

NDO - Hanoi has begun a large-scale disinfection operation at high-risk locations across the capital city as one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Under the operation, the Hanoi Capital High Command and the Chemicals High Command will spray disinfectant in the seven districts of Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, Hoang Mai, Quoc Oai, Chuong My and Thach That.

According to the Hanoi Capital High Command, the operation will take place at high-risk locations in the remaining districts over the coming days.

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Further 12 cases of COVID-19 detected at Hà Nội Lung Hospital

26/07/2021 15:37

HÀ NỘI – A further 12 cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed at the Hà Nội Lung Hospital Monday afternoon. This brings the total confirmed cases at the hospital to 26.

The hospital which was locked down earlier today by the People’s Committee of Hai Bà Trưng District will remain as such for 14 days from 6pm on Sunday.

Previously, in early May, two medical facilities were locked down after a cluster of infections were found at the Kim Chung facility at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Đông Anh District, and the Tân Triều facility at the National Cancer Hospital (frequently called K Hospital) in Thanh Trì District. VNS

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Singapore to relax rules for fully vaccinated people

26/07/2021 20:03

Singapore will consider easing COVID-19 prevention rules for people who have been fully vaccinated if the outbreak is still under control and the hospitalisation rate in the country remains low, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on July 26.

Wong said 70 percent of Singapore’s population and 75 percent of elderly people aged 70 years and older will be fully vaccinated by early August.

Bangkok registered 2,573 new infections on July 26 while the country logged a new daily high of 15,376 Covid-19 cases, with 87 deaths./.

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Covid-19 quick test kits flood social media

26/07/2021 07:18

Social media is awash with people offering to sell Covid-19 rapid test kits at a range of prices, and they have a lot of takers. -

A medical equipment group on Facebook has been recording at least 20 such posts a day, with the test kits ranging from VND100,000 ($4.35) to VND800,000.

Vietnam has had over 97,000 cases in the latest Covid wave starting April 27.

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HCM City residents forbidden to go outside between 6pm-6am

25/07/2021 21:24

HCM CITY — Starting Monday, residents of HCM City will no longer be allowed to go outside and all activities except medical emergencies or COVID-19 coordination efforts, will be banned from 6pm until 6am the following day.

Nguyễn Thành Phong, Chairman of HCM City People’s Committee, announced the latest movement restriction late Sunday as the southern economic centre battles a serious outbreak that still sees no sign of improving after 55 days into a social distancing order and more than two weeks into the stringent Directive 16, the equivalent of a lockdown.

“With professional responsibility, compassion towards our fellow countrymen, let’s come together to support the fight against the outbreaks around the country, providing counsel and engaging in the treatment of patients,” Sơn wrote. — VNS

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HCM City faces blood shortage, seeks donations from community

26/07/2021 09:00

HCM CITY — HCM City faces a severe shortage of blood for emergency aid and treatment at hospitals, according to the HCM City Hospital of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Phù Chí Dũng, the hospital’s director, said it was been receiving only 30-50 bags of blood every day, making up only one-tenth of demand at 150 hospitals, including hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

People donating blood will receive a free rapid test for COVID-19. For registration, call 0919 223 989 or 0938 790 207. — VNS

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Volunteers on the frontline

26/07/2021 09:51

NDO – The fight against the COVID-19 epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City has drawn the significant contributions of volunteers from many provinces and cities around the country.

Many are very young doctors, nurses and technicians and students who have great enthusiasm. They are not afraid of difficulties and have volunteered for the frontline to help the City overcome the pandemic.

Despite being away from home for prolonged periods of time and working in difficult circumstances with a high risk of infection, experts and volunteers have devoted themselves to the testing and treatment of patients, helping them overcome these critical times and return them to their normal lives. Their beautiful images have brightened up the tradition of “a good physician is like a good mother”.

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Finance ministry working on $1-bln Covid support for businesses

26/07/2021 11:02

The Ministry of Finance is contemplating a VND24-trillion ($1.04 billion) stimulus for businesses hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of tax and fee waivers. -

Once completed, the proposal would be sent to the National Assembly and government for approval, Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc said Sunday.

The ministry has provided nearly VND8.2 trillion to the Ministry of Health to cover vaccine costs, and another VND12.3 trillion is on the way, he added.

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Olympics: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever gold for Philippines

26/07/2021 22:52

Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medalist from the Philippines after winning the women’s 55kg weightlifting category at the Tokyo 2020 Games on July 26.

Diaz overtook Liao Qiuyun of China on her last lift in the clean and jerk to win with a total 224kg, one more than Liao.

The world number one pairing, Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, walked away with the bronze after beating the French duo, Emmanuel Lebesson and Jia Nan Yuan, 4-0.

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Securities firms cautious on directionless stock market

26/07/2021 07:30

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s stock market struggled to find direction last week as liquidity fell continuously and foreign investors net sold a value of more than VNĐ2.22 trillion (US$96.6 million), causing analysts from securities firms to have cautious views of the market this week.

On the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the market benchmark VN-Index inched down in the last trading session to 1,268.83 points, while the HNX-Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange (HNX) plunged to 301.77 points.

On the other hand, information technology stocks were the biggest gainers last week, up 3.4 per cent in market capitalisation, with FPT Corporation rising 4.3 per cent. VNS

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HCM City factories seek to remain open by complying with COVID-prevention regime

26/07/2021 08:22

HCM CITY — Many HCM City companies that had to close down after some of their workers were found to be infected with COVID-19 have got approval from authorities to reopen after their on-site lodging facilities for workers and epidemic prevention plans were verified.

After closing down for almost 10 days as seven workers were found infected, Nidec Vietnam at the Saigon Hi-Tech Park with 6,000 employees has resumed operations though output is less than 10 per cent of normal.

Businesses with approved plans that want to register more staff they will have to provide them with temporary accommodation elsewhere, where they will spend three days and be tested for COVID-19 on the first and third days before being allowed to enter their office site. — VNS

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Hanoi volunteers provide free meals to the needy amid social distancing situation

26/07/2021 16:17

Free meals have been delivered to the needy in Hanoi as part of a programme launched by the Vietnam Volunteer Centre under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee, the Vietnam Youth Federation of Hanoi, artists and donors in the city.

The programme aims to support people facing difficulties in the city where strict social distancing measures are being applied as part of efforts to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adverse impacts from the pandemic have caused many difficulties, especially vulnerable groups such as poor patients, workers, and students./.

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Ho Chi Minh City plans tighter movement restrictions to curb COVID-19

25/07/2021 16:58

NDO/VNA – Ho Chi Minh City is considering stronger movement restrictions given the COVID-19 situation remaining complicated, a local official said on July 25.

Phan Van Mai, Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, told the media that HCM City has imposed social distancing at different levels for 55 days since May 31, and it is applying stronger measures detailed in the Prime Minister’s Directive 16.

On July 8, the Ministry of Health decided to mobilise 10,000 health personnel from its subordinate units and localities in the northern and central regions to assist HCM City. It also sent 25 leaders of its agencies to support the pandemic combat in the southern economic hub.

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Hanoi retailes committed to ensuring goods supply at unchanged prices

25/07/2021 15:10

To ensure the supply, the city has allowed the operation of delivery services but banned freelance shippers.

Some 16 retail chains in Hanoi are committed to ensuring goods supply at stable prices in all circumstances, even for surging consumption demand.

The Department of Transport today (July 25) licensed 2,200 vehicles to enter the capital city under the “green channel”, which is a certificate allowing vehicles carrying essential goods for social welfare and workers to or go through hotspots nationwide. The vehicle owners make online registration in a four-minute process.

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Today’s Covid News: Partial curfew in HCMC from tomorrow evening

25/07/2021 22:51

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has undergone 17 days of partial lockdown, but the result has not been as effective as intended.

Ho Chi Minh City will impose a partial curfew from tomorrow evening [July 26], requiring residents not to go outside after 6:00 PM, the city’s Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at a meeting in the evening of Sunday.

So far, more than 4.59 million doses of vaccines have been administered with more than 353,000 fully vaccinated.

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Singapore offers 808 mln-USD support package to aid COVID-19-hit businesses, workers

25/07/2021 17:01

The Government of Singapore will provide a support package worth 1.1 billion SGD, or over 808 million USD, to help businesses and workers impacted by the country’s “Heightened Alert” restrictions put in place from July 22 – August 18.

The package includes wage subsidies under an enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for affected sectors, rental relief for commercial properties, as well as a new relief fund for market and hawker centre stallholders, according to the Singaporean Ministry of Finance.

As part of the support package, the COVID-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary will be made available until Aug 31. The grant provides a payout of up to 700 SGD for workers placed on involuntary no-pay leave and up to 500 SGD for workers who have lost a minimum of 50 percent of their incomes for at least one month./.

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Vietnam records 7,859 domestic COVID-19 cases on July 26

26/07/2021 20:11

Vietnam logged an additional 5,174 new COVID-19 infections, including 5,155 domestic and 19 imported cases, from 6am to 6:30 pm on July 26, the Ministry of Health reported.

The new cases raised the number of infections detected in Vietnam on July 26 to 7,882, including 7,859 domestic and 23 imported cases.

By July 26, Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccine fund had received 8,236 billion VND (357.77 million USD) contributed by 482,123 organisations and individuals./.

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Weak mentality main reason behind Vietnamese weightlifter's Olympic failure

26/07/2021 18:11

Thach Kim Tuan was Vietnam’s biggest hope for an Olympic medal this year but suffered a disappointing performance due to a weak mentality. -

At the Olympic men's 61 kg category Sunday, Tuan failed to register a total. He could only complete the snatch by lifting 126 kilograms. In the clean and jerk event, he failed thrice.

Vietnamese weightlifting will now put all hopes on Duyen, who will compete in the women’s 59 kg category on Tuesday.

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US-donated vaccines delivered to Vietnam

25/07/2021 20:23

NDO/VNA – The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late July 25.

The ceremony to receive the lot of 1,500,100 doses of vaccine was attended by Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan and Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung, along with UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra, UNICEF Acting Representative in Vietnam Lesley Miller, and Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the US Embassy in Hanoi Christopher Klein.

Vietnam has received more than 11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from countries and partners, including the COVAX Facility.

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Vietnam, Laos enjoy growth in two-way trade in H1

26/07/2021 17:17

Vietnam and Laos continued to enjoy growth in import-export revenue in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year.

According to the Vietnamese Trade Office in Laos, in the first half of 2021, two-way trade hit over 671 million USD, up 36.5 percent year on year, including Vietnam’s exports of over 329 million USD, and imports of more than 341 million USD, respective rises of 19.1 percent and 58.9 percent.

In July, two-way trade is predicted not to rise due to complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic./.

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A glimpse into Vietnam's coconut kingdom

25/07/2021 15:30

The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre is well known as Vietnam’s coconut capital, where local farmers have been subsisting on coconut groves for generations. -

Photos by Do Minh Tan

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Home quarantine offers hope for hospitals in need of beds

26/07/2021 09:12

HCM City is the first locality in Việt Nam to pilot a new scheme allowing asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to quarantine at home. In a recent interview with the Việt Nam Government Portal, Doctor Trương Hữu Khanh, Head of HCM City’s Paediatrics Hospital No 1’s Infectious and Nervous Diseases Department talks about the scheme amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in HCM City.

The health system is being overwhelmed and it could lead to negative consequences. If there are too many patients, we may fail to ensure proper care for all of them and this may make some cases become more severe. Meanwhile we also have to focus our resources on the most severe cases. Allowing us to reduce our workloads by allowing isolation at home is a feasible solution.

The time of finishing quarantine depends on the testing result. If they do not have any symptoms, there is no need to test many times. They can test on the 14th day and continue to self monitor and have another test on the 21st day. If the tests are negative, they can return to their normal. — VNS

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HCMC imposes night curfew in Covid fight

25/07/2021 19:58

HCMC has decided to impose a curfew prohibiting people from going out after 6 p.m. without valid reason from Monday, said the city's chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong. -

The decision was made as HCMC has been recording thousands of new cases each day despite going through 17 days of social distancing under Directive 16. The directive requires residents to stay at home and only go out for basic necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.

Phan Van Mai, deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Standing Committee, said in the next two weeks, the city will deploy patrol taskforce to make sure the social distancing order is strictly followed, and anyone violating the curfew will be detained.

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IB students at BIS Hanoi exceed global average pass rate

26/07/2021 08:00

BIS Hanoi achieved a pass rate of 100 percent for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for 2020/21, with an average score 38.2 percent higher than the world average. -

The British International School Hanoi (BIS Hanoi) is celebrating its students achieving exceptional results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for the 2020/21 academic school year.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, commonly referred to as the IBDP, is a two-year education program for students aged 16-19. The program is a widely accepted and recognized qualification for entry into higher education and universities worldwide. To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at BIS Hanoi, please visit their website here.

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US-donated vaccines delivered to Vietnam

25/07/2021 20:27

The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late July 25.

The ceremony to receive the lot of 1,500,100 doses of vaccine was attended by Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan and Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung, along with UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra, UNICEF Acting Representative in Vietnam Lesley Miller, and Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the US Embassy in Hanoi Christopher Klein.

Vietnam has received more than 11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from countries and partners, including the COVAX Facility./.

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Foreign websites to pay VAT in Thailand

26/07/2021 14:45

Around 20 large overseas online platform operators plan to register as value-added tax (VAT) payers in Thailand, according to Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director-general of the Revenue Department of Thailand.

The move comes in response to enforcement of the e-service tax law from September 1, when overseas businesses providing online services in Thailand will be required to register for 7 percent VAT liability if their annual income exceeds 1.8 million baht, or about 55,000 USD, the Bangkok Post reported.

The introduction of the e-service tax law is part of the country's ongoing tax reform to improve revenue and ensure fair treatment for all./.

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HCM City foodstuff demand volatile as consumers hoard

26/07/2021 16:48

HCM CITY – Supermarkets and food stores in HCM City continue to have abundant stocks of foodstuffs and groceries, but demand has been erratic.

Đỗ Quốc Huy, marketing director of Saigon Co.op, said due to the restrictions, people buy a lot of foodstuffs at one time to store for many days and then stop buying for a few days.

To ensure uninterrupted and smooth supply of fuel amid the lockdown, it suggested that petroleum enterprises in the city should have plans to stockpile them. — VNS

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Vietnam's national team to gather in early August in preparation for World Cup qualifiers

26/07/2021 22:17

NDO/VNA – Head coach Park Hang-seo has proposed a list of 31 players as part of the plan to prepare for the FIFA 2022 World Cup final qualifiers, said the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).

Due to the highly competitiveness of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Korean coach Park continues to pick players who have a lot of experience in international tournaments. The called players include goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong; defenders Que Ngoc Hai, Bui Tien Dung, Do Duy Manh, Nguyen Trong Hoang; midfielders Nguyen Quang Hai, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Tuan Anh, Phan Van Duc, Nguyen Hoang Duc; strikers Nguyen Van Toan and Nguyen Tien Linh.

Vietnam will compete in group B of the final World Cup qualifying round with Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and Oman. The "Golden Dragons" will begin the campaign with an away match against Saudi Arabia on September 2, followed by a match against Australia at Hanoi-based My Dinh National Stadium five days later.

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5.9 magnitude quake hits west Indonesia

26/07/2021 16:55

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck about 88 km west of Luwuk, Indonesia, said the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) on July 26.

Indonesia straddles the "Pacific ring of fire" with nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

Later that year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing./.

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HCM City administers over 170,000 vaccine doses in fifth phase of vaccination drive

26/07/2021 22:21

Ho Chi Minh City has administered 170,177 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the fifth phase of its inoculation drive, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc said.

The fifth phase, with 930,000 doses to be administered, will be carried out at 20 hospitals, alongside 615 commune- and ward-based vaccination sites. It is scheduled to complete in two weeks.

On July 25, HCM City had 2,115 more patients discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries in the city since the beginning of the epidemic to 14,704 people. In particular, on the afternoon of July 26, 17 seriously ill patients were given the all-clear.

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Fansipan: Exploring ‘space tourism’ without leaving Earth

26/07/2021 07:00

The first successful test of recreational space travel on July 11 has many people aiming for the prospect of "space tourism". Before realising this "luxury" dream, visitors can experience "space tourism" without leaving Earth. Fansipan peak is one of the rare destinations that help visitors get this experience.

After researching more than 28 million properties in more than 152,000 destinations worldwide, Booking.com has suggested five out-of-this-world destinations across the globe that will transport travellers into ‘outer space’ without ever leaving the Earth’s surface to help prepare space wannabe travellers for when the time finally comes to book their trip to outer space.

Alternatively, you can also ride up to the summit via cable car. Once you reach the towering top you’ll be rewarded with an unbelievable sight of cloud-covered peaks stretching all the way to the horizon./.

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Prime Minister presents proposed list of 27 Government members

26/07/2021 21:53

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh presented a proposed list of 27 Government members for the 15th tenure to the 15th National Assembly's ongoing first session in Hanoi on July 26.

Accordingly, the Cabinet includes the Prime Minister and four Deputy PMs in charge of directing the fields of diplomacy and global integration, legislation, apparatus organisation, religious and ethnic affairs; general economy and inspection, settlement of complaints and denunciations; sectoral economy; and science, education, and socio-cultural affairs.

Members of the NA Committee for Legal Affairs said the number of the Government members is accordance with the Resolution on the Government’s organisational structure that was recently adopted by the legislature, meeting the PM’s direction and governance requirements in the next period.

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World News in Brief: July 26

26/07/2021 17:00

Thailand reported a record number of coronavirus infections on Monday, while neighbouring Malaysia has more than a million, as the virulent Delta variant carves a deadly path through Southeast Asia, now a global epicentre for the virus.

* The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday 6,664 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,555,396. The death toll climbed to 27,247 after 23 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added.

* Algeria will reimpose restrictions on gatherings to cope with a rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

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HCMC to ban people from going out at night

25/07/2021 19:58

HCMC will ban people from going out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day starting from Monday, said the city's chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong. -

"From tomorrow evening, people absolutely cannot go out from 6 p.m. All activities will have to be suspended, except for emergency medical care or pandemic fight operations," Phong said.

Phan Van Mai, deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Standing Committee, said in the next two weeks, the city will deploy patrol taskforce to make sure the social distancing order is strictly followed, and anyone violating the regulations could be detained.

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Vietnam receives extra three million COVID-19 vaccine doses from US via COVAX

25/07/2021 09:50

NDO/VNA – Vietnam receives additional 3,000,060 doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine donated through the COVAX Facility by the United States Government, of which, 1,499,960 arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on July 24 and 1,500,100 doses will arrive in Hanoi the next day.

This is the second batch of Moderna vaccine to be delivered to the country this month, bringing the total donation from the US Government to Vietnam to more than five million doses, according to UNICEF Vietnam.

For several months, COVAX partners, WHO, CEPI, GAVI and delivery partner UNICEF, have been supporting the Government of Vietnam in readiness efforts and the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. They have been especially active in developing a National Vaccination Plan, as Vietnam is benefiting from the Advance Market Commitment (AMC), an innovative financial mechanism to help secure global and equitable access for COVID-19 vaccines.

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HCM City plans tighter movement restrictions to curb COVID-19

25/07/2021 16:37

Ho Chi Minh City is considering stronger movement restrictions given the COVID-19 situation remaining complicated, a local official said on July 25.

Phan Van Mai, Standing Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, told the media that HCM City has imposed social distancing at different levels for 55 days since May 31, and it is applying stronger measures detailed in the Prime Minister’s Directive 16.

On July 8, the Ministry of Health decided to mobilise 10,000 health personnel from its subordinate units and localities in the northern and central regions to assist HCM City. It also sent 25 leaders of its agencies to support the pandemic combat in the southern economic hub./.

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Myanmar economy to shrink by 18 percent this year: World Bank

26/07/2021 18:33

Myanmar’s economy is expected to shrink by 18 percent this year due to political turmoil and a resurgent of COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Bank (WB).

The political instability has paralysed the economy, with many banks shuttered and authorities unable to issue bills or collect taxes.

Earlier this month, Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor announced it was selling its Myanmar subsidiary, which is one of the leading operators in the country, with 18 million mobile phone customers./.

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Seaport, maritime transport firms more profitable

26/07/2021 08:38

Market recovery and larger freights helped Vietnamese seaport and maritime transport enterprises, both state-owned and private, gain bigger profits in the first half of this year. -

Vietnam National Shipping Lines (VIMC) made consolidated revenues of more than VND6.2 trillion (nearly $269.6 million), a 20 percent increase, and consolidated profits of over VND1.1 trillion, doubling against the same period last year.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors, at some ports, freight in mid-2021 doubled that of late 2020 and rose nearly six times against early 2020.

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FIRE movement: young Vietnamese embrace, reinvent early retirement

26/07/2021 20:18

Like many millennials around the world, young Vietnamese have adopted the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) trend. But many have their own opinions and take on this global movement. -

Ever since Bien Hoa Town in southern Dong Nai Province enforced social distancing guidelines, Hoang Minh Vu has spent every morning fishing by the river. But every fish he caught, he returned it back to the water.

Two months ago, Ngan returned to work. For a week now, she has joined her friends in providing food relief for people in Covid-19 hotspot Saigon.

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Saigon goes empty and quiet as night-time restrictions take effect

26/07/2021 22:12

Photographs taken after HCMC’s night-time restrictions took effect Monday show streets empty of people and traffic except for task forces stopping and fining the odd violators. -

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HCM City welcomes volunteers to relieve overwhelmed health care system

26/07/2021 21:00

More than 1,300 people in Ho Chi Minh City have signed up to volunteer for the fight against the outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant following an appeal letter from Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son.

Volunteers include nearly 300 doctors, 200 pharmacists and nearly 700 people working in various sectors joining the front lines.

The hospital has proposed adding more physicians who are respiratory specialists as doctors there are working double their normal shift./.

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Vietnam adds 154 Covid deaths, most in HCMC

26/07/2021 14:32

Vietnam on Monday added 154 Covid deaths from July 8 to July 25, most recorded in Ho Chi Minh City. -

A total 129 deaths were recorded in HCMC, seven in Long An, nine in Dong Thap, two in Can Tho, two in Khanh Hoa and one each in Ninh Thuan, Bac Ninh, Tra Vinh, Kien Giang and Dong Nai.

Around 80 percent of all cases are either asymptomatic or mild, and around 6 percent require forms of breathing support like ventilators and ECMO.

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More aid offered to people affected by COVID-19

25/07/2021 10:16

NDO – Leaders of the Can Tho City Federation of Labour and the An Giang Provincial Police presented 1,000 gifts to nine districts in Can Tho and disadvantaged workers affected by COVID-19 on July 24.

To ensure safety amidst the pandemic, the programme was split into many delegations strictly observing COVID-19 prevention measures while handing over the gifts to representatives of the districts and grassroots trade unions.

Each will receive cash support of VND1.5 million, sourced from the State budget and other legal mobilisation resources.

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Vietnamese dancer killed in Egypt

26/07/2021 21:36

Egypt’s prosecution agency on July 26 sent a document to the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt asking for coordination to verify the death of a Vietnamese dancer.

According to the agency and local media, the victim, Dam Thi Yen, was killed in New Cairo district last weekend. She arrived in Egypt in mid-May and worked as a belly dancer.

He also advised Vietnamese citizens to register with representative agencies or contact embassies via websites or hotlines when they go abroad to make it easier for citizen protection in unexpected cases./.

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Vinmart offers health insurance to millions of customers

26/07/2021 15:04

HCM CITY — VinCommerce General Commercial Services Joint Stock Company (VCM), a retail affiliate of Masan Group (Masan) on Sunday bought a ‘Khỏe mạnh trong mùa dịch’ insurance package from the Military Insurance Corporation for Masan’s employees and partners.

It is also providing the insurance package for free to customers who shop in person at VinMart/VinMart+ supermarkets and convenience stores nation-wide for at least VNĐ300,000 ($13.03) between July 26 and August 25.

Its employees have set up a fund called ‘Quỹ Người Masan giúp Người Masan’ to help colleagues in difficult circumstances or are serving customers on the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic. — VNS

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Quarantine rules leave enterprises in distress

26/07/2021 11:02

A rule requiring those coming from or having passed through Hanoi to be quarantined has made companies in Hai Phong worried about maintaining their supply chain. -

Hai Phong, the main gateway for import and export in Vietnam's northern region, has imposed a 14-day centralized quarantine for those coming from or having passed through Hanoi starting July 24.

As of Mondaay, the port city has recorded 25 Covid cases in the current outbreak.

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Strong earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Sulawesi island

26/07/2021 21:18

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said on July 26 that a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Meanwhile, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake, with a 6.3 magnitude, was at a depth of 30 km.

Indonesia's geophysics agency BMKG said on Twitter there was no tsunami potential from the quake. There were no immediate reports on damage.

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A rise in public investment will help further drive economic growth

26/07/2021 10:08

NDO - With positive results reaped in the country’s public investment landscape over the next five years, Vietnam will soon have a huge sum to invest into infrastructural development, with many sizable projects.

After the first session of the 15th National Assembly (NA), the government, ministries, and localities will roll up their sleeves to pare down the list of state-funded projects to as many as 5,000 after trimming at least 1,500 deemed unnecessary and ineffective. This followed Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asking authorities to stop disconnected investment and fight corruption in the carrying out of projects.

"Vietnam still faces bottlenecks in terms of basic infrastructure. The JICA will continue to support Vietnam's socio-economic development by implementing transportation infrastructure projects, under the policy of the Japanese government of 'Partnership for Quality Infrastructure," said Shimizu Akira, chief representative at the JICA Vietnam Office.

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New parliament ratifies President Nguyen Xuan Phuc's election

26/07/2021 10:57

The newly elected National Assembly (NA) Monday ratified its predecessor’s election of Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country's president for the 2021-2026 term. -

Phuc, 67, won 96.79 percent of the votes cast in the house of 483 in what was formally described as a "reelection."

It will also review the country’s social-economic situation and public spending and make decisions on two national programs on rural development and poverty alleviation.

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