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Migrant workers unable to return home find support from local communities




A member of Ba Đình District’s Youth Union presents a gift of food to an elderly Vietnamese lady. VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — A number of migrant workers who are unemployed due to social distancing measures, but can not go back to their hometowns, are struggling with their lives in the capital.

All people living in Hà Nội have been ordered not to leave the city as local authorities have tightened social distancing rules amid soaring COVID-19 infection cases.

Trần Thị Thoa, hailing from northern Nam Định Province, a fruit vendor in Hà Nội, has been stranded in her 10sq.m rented house in Ba Đình District for more than a week. 

Most of her neighbours who are migrant workers hailing from different localities are in the same situation as Thoa.

“On normal days, besides selling fruits, I also work as a part-time helper. I can save about VNĐ2 million to VNĐ3 million per month after rent, food, electricity and water,” she told the Vietnam News Agency.

Now Thoa and her neighbours have nothing to do but stay indoors and sometimes go out to clean the streets.

Having no income these days, she spends her savings on buying food which is normally only rice and boiled vegetables.

Thoa said “We always follow pandemic prevention rules but to be honest, without jobs, we face many difficulties.”

“We are lucky to receive sympathy from neighbours and assistance from local authorities,” she said.

“We feel more relieved and have more motivation to overcome this difficult time.”

Phạm Thị Diễm, vice chairwoman of Ba Đình District People’s Committee, said local authorities had offered support to many vulnerable people and labourers who are affected by the pandemic in the area.

Local authorities have helped people in lockdown, the elderly and those living alone buy food and necessary items.

About 300 meals have been distributed each day to poor and unemployed people in the district at No 57 Nghĩa Dũng St, Ba Đình District.

“Many wards in Ba Đình District have presented hundreds of gifts worth VNĐ500,000 to VNĐ2 million each to vulnerable groups. Rice, instant noodles, eggs, candy, biscuits and vegetables have been given for free to poor households or those facing difficulties during the pandemic,” Diễm said.

“We hope poor households and unemployed people can stay healthy and overcome this difficult time.”

Bùi Thanh Xuân, chairman of Phúc Xá Ward People’s Committee, said a lot of kind-hearted people have offered to present gifts to poor migrant workers in the area. Local authorities will arrange the times and venues for gifts to be handed over to ensure pandemic prevention requirements are met.

Nguyễn Lan Hương, president of the Vietnam Fatherland Front chapter in Hà Nội, said in spite of production and business difficulties, a lot of people and enterprise representatives have made donations.

The fight against COVID-19 will be prolonged, she said, calling on individuals, businesses and organisations to continue to make donations including cash, materials, and other items or even to simply lend a hand to needy people.

According to the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the authorities have provided more than VNĐ54 billion to employers and employees hit by COVID-19.

The department has proposed that the municipal People’s Committee develop a supportive package for poor households.

More than 3,000 households are expected to receive the assistance of at least VNĐ1 million each. —










Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support



According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

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



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

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. — 


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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.

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