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Investors sell nursery schools after big losses

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Unsure about the future of the school, the owner of a nursery school in Cau Giay district in Hanoi has decided to sell the school and liquidate teaching aids.

It has is a 4-storey building with total usable area of 2,000 square meters and a 400 square meter school yard. The school is located in a populous residential area with high intellectual standards, high income, many children, good transport conditions, and high security level.

Investors sell nursery schools after big losses

However, the school has only 30 students, and the students are staying off school because of the epidemic. While the revenue is zero, the school still has to pay more than VND100 million a month in rent.

The owner of another preschool with 70 students in Dong Da district also has to sell the school after failing to maintain its operation. He cannot arrange enough money to pay the rent of VND33 million for the 4-story building (total usable area of 450 square meters) and cover other expenses.

Unsure about the future of the school, the owner of a nursery school in Cau Giay district in Hanoi has decided to sell the school and liquidate teaching aids.

Pham Mai Chi, headmaster of a preschool in Tay Ho district, said her school can exist because she doesn’t have to pay rent. However, the school has had no revenue for the last two months.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) reported that there are 15,700 private preschools and household-run classes. These are small scale facilities with fewer than 70 students.

The owners of the schools are small investors with limited financial capability. They are vulnerable to any upheaval in society.

According to MOET’s Deputy Minister Pham Ngoc Thuong, Covid-19 has had a strong impact on the education sector and especially private schools.

The schools have to pay at least a total amount of VND400 billion a month to 103,863 managerial officers and teachers, if referring to the regional minimum wage. The rent for 3,702 privately owned education establishments, from preschool to university, is total VND450-500 billion.

They also have to pay for detoxification, disinfection and epidemic prevention activities and other expenses

Nguyen Ba Minh, director of the Preschool Education Department, warned that if private schools don’t have the capability to retain their staff, Vietnam will lack teachers for the post-epidemic period and face a human resources crisis.

He said MOET has asked the government to apply measures to help private preschools stabilize their staff. One of the proposed solutions is the zero percent credit package to be disbursed for private education establishments.

The government has approved the aid package for subjects affected by the epidemic. Private school teachers are also beneficiaries. 

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/investors-sell-nursery-schools-after-big-losses-634122.html

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Vietnam should expect heavy storms in September

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Vietnam should expect heavy storms in September

House roofs are blown away by strong winds triggered by storm Molave in Quang Ngai Province in October 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan.


10-13 storms could form in the East Sea this year, with around half expected to hit mainland Vietnam, meteorologists warned.

Though the rainy season will strike earlier this year compared to normal, the storm season will commence later, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

From now until May, it is unlikely that any storms or tropical depressions would form in the East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea, Nguyen Van Huong, head of the center’s weather forecast division told Vietnam News Agency.

Yet in the following months, tropical depressions and storms would form on a more frequent basis, with around 10-13 storms expected to enter the sea.

The most powerful would hit around September and October, with more than half set to make direct landfall, Huong said.

Between June and September, tropical depressions and storms will mostly affect the north and north-central region yet those striking during the period from September until the year’s end would affect the central region.

The rainy season has already arrived in southern Vietnam, sooner than it should, due to La Nina, a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that lowers the sea surface temperature across the eastern equatorial part of the central Pacific Ocean and causes extensive weather effects across the globe.

Natural disasters like storms, flooding, and droughts caused damage worth VND37.4 trillion ($1.6 billion) in 2020, five times higher compared to 2019.

They left 357 people dead or missing compared to 133 in 2019, according to data from the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Vietnam was hit by 14 storms and several depressions that triggered heavy flooding and landslides during 2020. Of these, Molave made landfall over central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces in late October as one of the most powerful storms that have ever hit the country in two decades.

Between late September and mid-November, the central region was hit by as many as nine storms and two tropical depressions that resulted in historic flooding that caused six central provinces a total loss of VND30 trillion ($1.29 billion).

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-should-expect-heavy-storms-in-september-4263844.html

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Local COVID-19 vaccination process remains safe

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During the initial novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination drive, Vietnam has yet to record any cases of blood clots or thrombosis occurring after injection, according to the Ministry of Health.

Following over a month of efforts to begin inoculating the local population, the nation has carried out the process by using the AstraZeneca vaccine. This has seen more than 70,000 people, the majority of whom are frontline medical workers and members of community-based steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control in 19 cities and provinces, vaccinated to ensure maximum safety.

Prof. Dr. Dang Duc Anh, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, states that the immunisation procedures taking place locally are being implemented at the highest safety level, whilst differing from other countries in the world, including developed nations.

“COVID-19 vaccination facilities must ensure standards in terms of facilities, equipment and manpower, implement the screening, counseling process before vaccination, and organise safe vaccination sessions under regulations set out the Ministry of Health.

Vaccinated people must stay at the vaccination site for at least 30 minutes after inoculation in order to monitor their health status, and are instructed to follow up at home for at least 24 hours and to continue follow-up for up to three weeks after injection.

Hospitals are always ready for emergencies to prevent severe reactions after vaccination to ensure maximum safety for the vaccinated,” Prof. Anh says.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Health, the first injection campaign saw the monitoring system of the Expanded National Program for Immunization record approximately 33% of injected people suffer a post-injection mild reaction which disappeared after a few days with no need for treatment or medical care. In addition to this, about 1% of cases recorded a hypersensitive reaction after injection, with cases being properly dealt with according to regulations.

Dr. Kidong Park, representative of the WHO in Vietnam, states that ensuring the quality, safety, and effectiveness of vaccines in the nation remains one of the WHO’s top priorities.

“Our organisation is working closely with competent Vietnamese agencies to ensure that global standards and regulations are properly implemented to assess and monitor the quality, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines which are being deployed in the country. The WHO will continue to support the Vietnamese Government in implementing this campaign with a particular focus on priority groups,” Dr. Park adds.

Rana Flowers, representative of UNICEF in Vietnam, underscores the need to accelerate the vaccination progress to ensure the country does not fall into a blockade like many other international partners amid the continued global outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in neighbouring countries.

As part of the Expanded National Immunization Programme, the Ministry of Health are calling on all people to stay active and take proactive steps to implement recommendations from specialised agencies on vaccination against COVID-19. This should be done alongside downloading the e-health applications on iOS or Android in order to recorded when individuals are vaccinated.

The consciousness and actions of each person will therefore contribute to helping the nation quickly achieve the goal of vaccinating the population against COVID-19, thereby creating community immunity to prevent widespread infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a mean of effectively combating the pandemic

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/local-covid-19-vaccination-process-remains-safe-728262.html

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Đà Nẵng pushes ahead with reception of overseas Vietnamese

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A view of Đà Nẵng International Airport. — Photo vietnamairport.vn

ĐÀ NẴNG — The Đà Nẵng People’s Committee on Thursday issued a document on the reception and quarantine of overseas Vietnamese citizens coming to the central city.

To ensure coordination in the reception of overseas Vietnamese entering the city via Đà Nẵng International Airport and in self-paid quarantine at local hotels, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Lê Trung Chinh requested that from April 14 through May 31, relevant agencies only receive and provide health quarantine for overseas Vietnamese citizens coming to the central city on flights organised by enterprises that have quarantine plans approved by authorities.

Chinh also told competent agencies to continue receiving and quarantining foreign experts and diplomatic and official passport holders in line with regulations.

Passengers from foreign destinations arriving at Đà Nẵng International Airport must undergo quarantine at local military-managed facilities or quarantine sites in other provinces and cities.

After May 31, if there are more than two flights from foreign destinations per week, the Health Department will propose quarantine plans to the municipal People’s Committee, according to the city mayor.

As of Thursday morning, the COVID-19 infection tally in Việt Nam stood at 2,737, including 2,445 recoveries and 35 deaths. A total 38,743 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or came from foreign pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined across the country, according to the Ministry of Health. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/926629/da-nang-pushes-ahead-with-reception-of-overseas-vietnamese.html

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