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HCM City to pilot COVID green card in districts 7, Cần Giờ, Củ Chi

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HCM City is planning to pilot COVID-19 green cards in districts 7, Cần Giờ and Củ Chi, places where the pandemic has basically been controlled. — Photo vnexpress.net

HCM CITY — HCM City is planning to pilot COVID-19 green cards in districts 7, Cần Giờ and Củ Chi, places where the pandemic has basically been controlled.

Lâm Đình Thắng, director of the Department of Information and Communications, said the green cards would help the city monitor people who would become eligible to travel and work based on COVID preventive criteria.

It would include information about holders’ vaccination, COVID testing and health declaration status, he said.

When it is approved by the Government, it would be put into use in districts 7, Cần Giờ and Củ Chi, he added.

The green card will be issued to people who are vaccinated after a minimum of two weeks from the time they get their second shot of the Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sputnik V vaccine or one shot of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine or if they have fully recovered after contracting COVID.

The card will be valid for six months.

According to the city COVID-19 Prevention and Control Steering Committee, districts 7, Củ Chi and Cần Giờ have been chosen as socio-economic development models for the new normal period with efforts to be made to revive their economy.

The three districts will allow the resumption of trading in essential products and street businesses with stringent safety conditions for a month from September 20.

Everyone involved in these businesses must be fully vaccinated and comply with all the conditions set by local authorities.

They businesses will initially be allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm. —

Delivery persons will be allowed to travel between districts from September 16, and will receive get COVID tests until September 30, according to Lê Hòa Bình, vice chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee.

While the city has announced an extension of the lockdown until the end of September, shippers are needed to meet people’s demand for food and other essential goods.

According to the Department of Industry and Trade, a delivery person can fulfil 20-25 orders a day, and so the 25,000 in business now can serve 500,000-650,000 households.

On September 7 the city allowed eateries to open and deliver food through delivery apps. —

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1031433/hcm-city-to-pilot-covid-green-card-in-districts-7-can-gio-cu-chi.html

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Côn Đảo to return to ‘new normal’ under province’s proposal

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Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province is drafting plans for reopening after September 22. — Photo courtesy of nld.com.vn

HCM CITY — Several wards and communes in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province are expected to continue to be under the Government’s Directive 16, while Côn Đảo District would return to a “new normal” state.

The provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Tuesday held a meeting on epidemic prevention and control plans after September 22 to discuss ending the province’s 5th social distancing period.

Directive 16 would continue to be applied in wards Nguyễn An Ninh, Thắng Nhất, Thắng Nhì, 1, 10 and 11, located in various districts.

Some communes and towns in Long Điền District, namely Phước Hưng, An Ngãi and Long Hải, will also be under Directive 16.

Bà Rịa City, Phú Mỹ Town, Châu Đức District, Đất Đỏ District and Xuyên Mộc District, together with the remaining communes and towns of Long Điền District, will be under the more relaxed Directive 15.

Production and business activities in Côn Đảo District will resume in a new normal state. However, traffic from the mainland to the island must be carefully monitored.

Districts such as Châu Đức, Đất Đỏ, Xuyên Mộc and Bà Rịa City aim to slowly recover and carefully open some types of economic activities in four stages.

During the first stage, between September 23 and 30, those areas will loosen travel control in the “green zone” and reopen supermarkets, retail store chains, small businesses selling essential items, traditional markets and take-away food services, and resume agricultural, forestry and fishery production activities.

The second stage, from October 1 to 31, involves tourism at hotels with closed services.

If the epidemic continues to be controlled well and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu returns to the new normal, the third stage, from November 11 to December 31, will be implemented.

The locality will allow tourist and resort establishments to welcome guests who are fully vaccinated. Real estate agencies, and security and insurance activities will be permitted to open, and intra-provincial public transport will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Education, training services and sports activities would be limited to no more than 20 people.

All economic activities in the last stage will reopen in 2022.

Vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Văn Tuấn is seeking feedback from authorities and will announce the final plan soon.

As of September 21, after more than two months of social distancing, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu had recorded 3,943 COVID-19 cases. — 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1036762/con-dao-to-return-to-new-normal-under-provinces-proposal.html

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Five teens killed in road crash during Mid-Autumn Festival in northern Vietnam

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Five teenage boys were killed and two others injured following a road accident involving four motorbikes that were traveling at high speed in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho on Tuesday night.

The crash took place along a street in Minh Tan Commune, Cam Khe District at around 10:30 pm, according to Nguyen Hong Son, chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee.

A total of seven teenagers were traveling on four motorbikes at high speed when they crashed into one another.

Four of them were killed on the spot, while the other three were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.

One of the injured later died at around 1:00 am on Wednesday.

The five deceased victims were identified as Nguyen Ngoc Duy, 16, Nguyen Trung Dung, 16, Doan Quoc Hoi, 17, Nguyen Thanh Toan, 18, and Nguyen Truong Son, 16, according to An Toan Giao Thong (Traffic Safety) newspaper, which is managed by the National Committee for Traffic Safety.

Khuat Viet Hung, vice-chairman of the committee, has requested authorities in Phu Tho to promptly carry out an investigation and find out the cause of the accident.

Hung directed competent authorities to check whether the victims were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to verify any signs of illegal street racing.

The boys are believed to have been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival prior to the crash, the provincial traffic safety committee reported.

The National Committee for Traffic Safety also asked their family members to pay attention to pandemic prevention and control measures when organizing funerals for the victims.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210922/five-teens-killed-in-road-crash-during-midautumn-festival-in-northern-vietnam/63216.html

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Benchmarks for entry to universities are too high, parents and students complain

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The required benchmarks for admission to universities this year have been described as “abnormally high” by some.

Benchmarks for entry to universities are too high, parents and students complain

Even excellent students who got 9 out of a 10 score for every exam subject may not be accepted at some universities.

On September 16, when universities announced the benchmarks for admission, N.H.N. from Thanh Hoa realized she could not enroll in any of the 11 majors she wanted.

With 25.6 score from the high school finals, N knew that she would not have opportunities at top-tier schools, so in addition to the application for six majors at the Hanoi Foreign Trade University and National Economics University (NEU), she also applied for majors at Thuongmai University and the Academy of Policy and Development.

The majors in 2020 had required a benchmark score 4-5 points lower than the score N received this year, so she felt secure about her choice.

However, the benchmark for the Economics Law major at the Academy of Policy and Development increased by five, from 21 last year to 26 this year, which meant she could not attend the school.

Many other students who had relatively high scores from the high school finals did not meet requirements for their preferred schools because the required benchmarks for admission to schools are higher this year.

Candidates need to have 2-4 exam scores higher than the previous year on average to be enrolled in universities.

Thuy Tram, a parent in Hanoi, said that 20 years ago, examinees with a 27 score would be the best students at schools. She said the current exams were not designed well. In principle, there should be both easy and difficult exam questions, which find excellent students who can answer difficult questions.

Bui Duc Trieu from National Economics University said that one of the reasons behind the high benchmark this year was the easy exam questions, and that in the future, schools will have to consider other methods of enrollment to ease reliance on the results of high school finals.

In 2020, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) stated that the high school finals are organized simply to recognize students as finishing the general education program, instead of being used as the university entrance exam. Universities are allowed to enroll students using their own criteria instead of relying solely on exam results as before. 

Thuy Nga – Thanh Hung

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/benchmarks-for-entry-to-universities-are-too-high-parents-and-students-complain-776483.html

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