Ho Chi Minh City has recently approved the use of taxicabs to convey children’s products to local households during the ongoing social distancing mandate.
In a recent statement, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has accepted the proposal of baby supply store Con Cung and taxi operator Mai Linh Group, in which the latter promises to deliver children’s products, namely hygiene, food, and care items, from the supplier to households in need.
For caretakers in the city, these items have become harder to reach since late July, when an elevated movement curb was introduced.
To support local households, Mai Linh will mobilize vehicles of up to nine seats to deliver baby products on a 24-hour basis, starting Saturday.
All deliveries must have a Con Cung store as their departure or destination.
The municipal transport authority will provide each eligible taxicab with a travel certificate and QR code, which will help the vehicle pass COVID-19 checkpoints.
Taxi drivers must complete COVID-19 screening and safety procedures before they can do the delivery work.
The Department of Transport requests the municipal Military Command, as well as lower-level authorities, to facilitate the QR code issuance for vehicles, while monitoring and penalizing drivers that fail to adhere to delivery rules.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities have enforced social distancing drives at various levels since May 31 and asked people to stay where they are from August 23, as part of their drastic measures to push back the serious pandemic, with the participation of police and soldiers.
They suspended app-based delivery service in high-risk areas on August 23, but prematurely ended the ban one week later due to the disruptions it created to daily life, as suggested by vice-chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee Phan Thi Thang in a discussion with Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper.
The city has allowed food and drink service providers to sell takeaways to customers from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, starting Wednesday.
It has documented 291,871 COVID-19 cases since the fourth virus wave hit Vietnam in late April.
Côn Đảo to return to ‘new normal’ under province’s proposal
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. —
Five teens killed in road crash during Mid-Autumn Festival in northern Vietnam
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.
Benchmarks for entry to universities are too high, parents and students complain
The required benchmarks for admission to universities this year have been described as “abnormally high” by some.
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.
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