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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — April 8

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— Vietnam reported 11 imported cases of COVID-19 and seven recoveries on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the national tally to 2,659 infections, with 2,429 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

— Police in Hanoi have arrested and started legal proceedings against two women from Ho Chi Minh City and southern Vinh Long Province for running illicit surrogacy service.

— While the African swine fever situation remains complicated in Vietnam, many pig farmers in north-central Nghe An Province have been found dumping dead swine into local rivers and canals.

— The inspectors of the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently found workers injecting impurities into raw shrimp at a shrimp processing facility in Hoang Mai District, which provides several metric tons of shrimp for restaurants in the city every month.

— Police in Phan Thiet City in south-central Binh Thuan Province have handled a 54-year-old Canadian man, who grew 476 cannabis plants at his Vietnamese wife’s house. The man said he farmed the prohibited plants to use them as medicine and showed a license allowing the planting of no more than 25 cannabis plants for treatment issued by authorities in Canada.

— The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport said it would ban traffic on Nguyen Binh Khiem and Le Duan Streets in District 1 from 12:00 pm April 10 to 12:00 pm the next day for the organization of the fourth edition of the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon.

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— Vietnam’s electricity output mobilized from gas-fired and coal-fired thermal power plants must be cut by 12-21 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to 2020 because solar power production soared by up to 180 percent, state-run Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said in a press release on Wednesday.

— A VND42 billion (US$1.82 million) vegetable and fruit processing factory was put into operation in Muong Khuong District in northern Lao Cai Province on Wednesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Lifestyle

— The first World Press Photo Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City presenting a selection of the most important events from 2018 to 2020 was opened by the Netherlands Consulate General in the city and the municipal authorities on Wednesday evening.

Sports

— “Kylian Mbappe netted twice as Paris Saint-Germain secured a thrilling 3-2 win at holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, in a repeat of last year’s final,” AFP reported.

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Trà Vinh expands forest coverage

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Mangrove forest in Trà Vinh Province. – VNA/ Photo

TRÀ VINH – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Trà Vinh plans to grow new forests from now to 2025, increasing the province’s total forest area to 10,000ha and reaching a forest coverage rate of 4.2 per cent.

To meet the targets, the province is providing funds to individuals, households and organisations responsible for growing new mangrove forests and protecting existing forests.

Individuals, households and organisations who grow new forests on an area of more than 0.3ha will receive no more than VNĐ37 million (US$1,600) per hectare to buy seedlings.

This is 4.5 times more than the financial assistance given previously.

Individuals and households responsible for protecting forests will be given VNĐ500,000 ($21) per hectare a year. The money will be provided for up to 15ha to individuals and 30ha to households.

Phạm Minh Truyền, director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the support policies aim to protect the environment and protect against the impact of high tides, rising sea levels, and erosion along the province’s 65km coastline.

These support activities have helped to create livelihoods for households, especially shrimp – forest farms, that have provided sustainable incomes in coastal areas.

The province has more than 9,160ha of forests, mostly mangrove forests, and a forest coverage rate of 3.63 per cent, according to the department.

Of the total forest area, more than 4,000ha are planted by households in the coastal districts of Duyên Hải, Cầu Ngang, Châu Thành, and Duyên Hải Town.

The households also breed black-tiger shrimp or other aquatic species in the 4,000ha of mangrove forests.  

The shrimp – forest farming model requires low investment cost, has a low risk of disease, is environmentally friendly, and is sustainably efficient.

Households that breed shrimp or other aquatic species in mangrove forests earn an average income of VNĐ70 million ($3,000) per hectare a year, according to the department.

Last year, the province turned nearly 3,800ha of protective forests into commercial forests to improve incomes for households who protect and exploit forest resources. 

The move was done to improve the management and protection of forests.

The province has sought donations at home and abroad to grow forests and train human resources for forest management and protection.

It has also encouraged the use of advanced techniques, including the use of digital forest data at all management levels. 

In 2015 – 20, the province’s coastal districts of Duyên Hải, Cầu Ngang, Châu Thành, and Duyên Hải Town planted a total 625ha of new forests.

The province’s People’s Committee has zoned a total area of 23,984ha for forest development. –

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Four returnees diagnosed with Covid-19

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Medical workers of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi take care of a Covid-19 patient. The Ministry of Health has reported four new imported Covid-19 cases – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Ministry of Health has confirmed four fresh imported Covid-19 cases, including one in Kien Giang and three in Khanh Hoa, taking the country’s Covid-19 tally to 2,737 as of this morning, April 15.

Specifically, the case in Kien Giang is a 25-year-old man residing in Duong Kinh District, Haiphong City. On April 10, he entered Vietnam through the Ha Tien international border gate in Kien Giang and was quarantined in the province.

On April 13, he tested positive for Covid-19 and is being treated at the medical center of Ha Tien City.

The remaining patients include a woman and two men, aged 27, 32 and 26, respectively. The woman is a resident of Thua Thien-Hue Province, while the two men are from Ha Tinh Province.

They flew back to Vietnam from Japan through the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa on April 11 and were quarantined in the province. The three tested positive for Covid-19 on April 14 and are receiving treatment at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — April 15

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COVID-19 Updates

— Vietnam reported 20 imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 2,737 patients, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health

— Ho Chi Minh City medical authorities said on Wednesday that the city had yet to receive the protocol of ‘vaccine passports,’ which are COVID-19 vaccination certificates to be granted for international visitors and stranded Vietnamese to enter the country, from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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— It is forecast to rain in the evening from Friday to April 23 in the southern Vietnamese region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

— More than 14 metric tons of fish died en masse due to an unknown reason on the section of the Ma River passing through Cam Thuy District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on Wednesday.

— Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Wednesday that they had recently arrested a group of seven people for staging motorbike accidents on the streets to steal properties from commuters.

— One student has been successfully rescued from drowning while two others remain missing after a group of nine students went swimming at a local river in northern Phu Tho Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— An eighth-grade student critically knifed a seventh grader after being reprimanded by their school administrators for hitting the latter in southern Vinh Long Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— Two workers were dead and another was injured after a personnel lift overturned at a shipbuilding company in central Quang Ngai Province on Wednesday morning.

Business

— The 2021 Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo), the 30th edition of its kind, opened at the Hanoi International Exhibition Center on Wednesday.

— E-stamping, a computer-based application with product information that can be retrieved on state agencies’ websites, must be used for imported tobacco and alcohol products from July 2022, according to the Ministry of Finance’s new instruction.

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