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Hanoi protects green zones from the core



Each residential area, commune and ward are considered the core level – the ‘cell’ that needs to be protected. Many places in Hanoi are effectively promoting the “green zone” model for safe residential areas.

Hanoi protects green zones from the core

A green zone in Hanoi.

‘Green fortress’

At 10 am, putting a uniform red band on his arm, Mr. Luong Dinh Cuong started his shift in the “green zone”. The two people who had finished their shift at 8am handed over the books with statistics of the number of people going in and out, people going to the market, and people going to work, to Mr. Cuong. He, along with nearly 15 other people in the residential area, had volunteered to take on the task to guard the zone and protect their relatives and neighbors against Covid-19.

Alley 49 Trang Tien Street (Trang Tien Ward) with around 30 households and 120 people, where Mr. Cuong resides, in is one of the first residential areas of Hoan Kiem district to pilot the safe green zone.

A “Green Zone” sign is placed across two-thirds of the entrance, alongside a table with books, a bottle of antiseptic solution, and an electronic thermometer. A man on a motorbike went in, explaining that he had just returned from the market. Mr. Cuong carefully checked the list of the previous shift and measured the person’s temperature prior to allowing him in.

People coming out from inside the alley were all recorded by Mr. Cuong in the notebook, and he then immediately updated to the general chat group of the Covid-19 community in Trang Tien ward for the next shift.

The first residential “green zone” checkpoints in Hoan Kiem district were established on August 3, and after more than a week, more than 181 green zones in the district were set up.

Vice Chairman of Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee Nguyen Quoc Hoan, in an interview with VietNamNet said that the construction of “green zones” in the district is associated with the movement of “self-defense households, self-managed houses”. Previously, this movement was deployed to ensure security in each household, but it has now been applied smoothly in line with the epidemic situation in the district.

“We define a green area as a place where there are no cases, and access to apartments, crowded houses, dormitories, and alleys can be controlled. Currently, the district is implementing the first phase. Any places whose conditions are met and the people’s consensus is reached, the expansion will be deployed.”

Putting people above all, a series of safe “green zones” are being expanded across 30 districts of Hanoi, creating more “fortresses” in the fight against Covid-19. Many units have thus far established hundreds of “green zone” security posts such as Hoang Mai with over 400, Hoan Kiem nearly 200, Ung Hoa 145, Thanh Tri 219…

The construction of green zones in the battle against Covid-19 is a solution to reduce the level from a very high-risk “red zone” to a high-risk “orange zone” then towards becoming a safe “green zone”. Depending on specific characteristics, each locality has been implementing drastic measures and solutions to expand the “green zone” with the motto of strengthening and developing right from the grassroots and residential areas.

Safe ‘green zone’ clones

More and more green signs belonging to the checkpoints protecting the Covid-19-free safe zone have been erected all over the place. These ‘green areas’ are directly monitored and managed by residential groups according to the model of 3-4 layers of protection on the spot, preventing infection from outside as well as cross infection within the area.

The highest efficiency achieved by this model, as stated by Vice Chairman of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, is the consensus, self-awareness and strength of the community, from setting up checkpoints by themselves to voluntarily participate in the tasks. Individuals are heedful of that fact that this is to provide safety to their own families and the community.

For the effective practice of “green zones”, Secretary of the City Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung stressed the absolute need of specific guidance on criteria for defining “green zones”, how to organize self-management, gather and mobilize people to participate in setting up checkpoints, and arrange 24/24 guards. Closely checking and monitoring movements in the area, especially temporary residents and visitors…is also important. Each citizen is a “soldier” and each family is a “fortress” against the epidemic.

At meetings with ministries and localities on epidemic prevention and control, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has emphasized the significance of a new approach and the implementation of more drastic and powerful solutions. Relevant ministries and localities must pay close attention to the consolidation and safety of “green zones”.

The ‘green strip’ spreading over ‘the Covid map’ exudes optimism, faith and hope, and manifests the effectiveness of epidemic prevention models.


Non-hotspot areas. People strictly observe epidemic prevention and control measures, and only go out in case of absolute need. ‘Green Zone Protection Posts’ (Non-epidemic areas) are set up by residential groups.

Grassroots authorities regularly control the strict implementation of social distancing measures. Stay heedful and proactive in any situation that might arise.


High risk areas include factories, production establishments, agencies, units, markets, supermarkets, hospitals, medical examination and treatment establishments. Grassroots authorities approve the epidemic prevention plan, and only allow operations when epidemic prevention regulations are ensured. Ceaseless inspection and supervision accompany the receipt of feedback from people.


Grassroots authorities adopt measures on blockade and medical isolation with appropriate facilities; proactively take further actions to tighten the grip on the disease situation in the area. People nearby strictly follow epidemic preventive measures.

 Tuan Minh



NA Chairman meets Vietnamese community in Indonesia



National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on August 4 met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN and the Vietnamese community in Indonesia.

NA Chairman meets Vietnamese community in Indonesia hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Indonesia (Photo: VNA)

Jakarta – National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on August 4 met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN and the Vietnamese community in Indonesia.

According to Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong, about 500 Vietnamese people are living in Indonesia. Over the years, the embassy had focused on protecting Vietnamese citizens in the country, he said.

He noted that despite the global economic recession, two-way trade between Vietnam and Indonesia has still increased 10% each year to 14 billion USD in 2022. He held that the goal of 15 billion USD set by the two sides can be reached before 2028.

Many Vietnamese people have chosen Indonesia for travelling, while many Vietnamese businesses have invested in the country, he added.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN, and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Tran Duc Binh said that Vietnam and Indonesia are important partners of each other in ASEAN. The Vietnamese top legislator’s participation at the 44th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-44) is an important external activity in both bilateral and multilateral aspects, they underlined.

Representatives from Vietnamese businesses in Indonesia proposed that the NA and Government continue designing policies and measures to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

Addressing the meeting, NA Chairman Hue highlighted the sound relations between Vietnam and Indonesia, initiated by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno.

He said that Vietnam with a population of 100 million and Indonesia with nearly 300 million people have great cooperation potential, asking Vietnamese businesses, diplomatic agencies and community to continue to promote bilateral collaboration in promising areas towards the goal of 15 billion USD in two-way trade. Indonesia is currently the third largest of Vietnam among ASEAN members, he noted.

He said he hopes the embassy and Vietnamese community will continue to act as a bridge connecting the two countries. He also asked the Vietnam Trade Office to create optimal conditions for businesses of both sides to promote partnership.

He affirmed that the Party and State always consider the Vietnamese community abroad as an indispensable part of the Vietnamese nation, and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese community in Indonesia will maintain the language and culture of Vietnam.

He held that it is necessary to organise a Vietnamese Language Day abroad, along with the building of cultural facilities for Vietnamese people in other countries to gather./.


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Voluntary blood donation helps save lives



Many people across Vietnam, regardless of their ages and jobs, have actively donated blood to save lives of many others.

Voluntary blood donation helps save lives hinh anh 1Tran Minh Men (L) and another blood donor. (Photo:

Hanoi – Many people across Vietnam, regardless of their ages and jobs, have actively donated blood to save lives of many others.

In late July, 100 outstanding blood donors nationwide were honoured at a three-day programme in the capital city of Hanoi.

Among them, there are 20 female delegates, 16 representatives from the education sector, eight medical staff, seven from the armed forces and three ethnic minorities. The oldest delegate is 61 years old and the youngest is 22 years old.

There were 10 delegates who donated blood 19-29 times, 60 delegates 30-49 times, 20 delegates 50-69 times, eight 70-99 times, and two at least 100 times.

Tran Minh Men, a 52-year-old man, has donated blood 102 times over the past 22 years. He is now head of the Blood Bank Team in Nghi Duc commune, Tanh Linh district, the south central province of Binh Thuan.

He shared at a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh that he has also encouraged more than 3,000 others to participate in blood donation campaigns.

According to him, the greatest joy of those who participate in those campaigns is that patients are healthy and return to a normal life.

Meanwhile, Ho Kim Phuong from Ho Chi Minh City is the female donor with the most times donating blood at 78 times. She has participated in blood donation once every 3 months since 1997.

“Having witnessed many difficult and extreme situations, I always think “I can give what I can give, I can help someone with what I can”. My blood is available in my body, I can help people, help life until there is no health left. My family has four members, and all of us have donated blood more than 250 times, my husband has donated 72 times and is now over the age to donate blood, my daughter 52 times, my son 48 times,” Phuong said.

Voluntary blood donation helps save lives hinh anh 2Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Over the past 15 years, as many as 1,500 voluntary blood donors nationwide have been honoured.

Last year, over 1.43 million units of blood were donated nationwide, 99% of which came from voluntary blood donors.

Since early this year, about 900,000 units of blood have been collected through various campaigns./.


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Vietnam News Agency has third deputy general director



Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a decision appointing Nguyen Thi Su, head of the Domestic News Department of the Vietnam News Agency, to the position of VNA Deputy General Director.

Vietnam News Agency has third deputy general director hinh anh 1Nguyen Thi Su has become the third deputy general director of the VNA (Photo: VNA)

HanoiPrime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a decision appointing Nguyen Thi Su, head of the Domestic News Department of the Vietnam News Agency, to the position of VNA Deputy General Director.

Su, born in 1972, has become one of the three deputy general directors of the VNA, the State-run news agency of Vietnam, along with Nguyen Tuan Hung and Doan Thi Tuyet Nhung.

Su graduated from the Hanoi University of Law. She started her career at the VNA in 1994 as a reporter. She was promoted to the head of the diplomatic news desk of the VNA Domestic News Department in 2006, deputy head of the department in 2011 and head of the department in 2019.

Currently, she is also a member of the VNA Party Committee and Vice President of the Union of Journalists of the VNA.

[Vietnam News Agency has new Deputy General Director]

The VNA is responsible for providing official information and documents of the Party and State, according to the Government’s recently-released Decree No 87/2022/NĐ-CP. It provides information in service of the Party leadership and State management; and collects and provides news through various forms of press and multimedia to be published by the mass media, and for the public and readers at home and abroad./.


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