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Carriers violating quarantine rules not allowed to fly abroad: transport ministry

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Carriers violating quarantine rules not allowed to fly abroad: transport ministry

A Vietnam Airlines plane is sanitized with disinfectants. Photo by VnExpress/Ba Do.


Airlines whose crews flout Covid-19 quarantine rules and transmit the infection cannot operate international flights any longer, the Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday.

The decision came after a man in HCMC was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Monday, breaking the country’s 88-day streak without local transmission. The 32-year-old English teacher had contracted it from a friend, a flight attendant on Vietnam Airlines.

The teacher then infected at least two others, his one-year-old nephew and a student, 28.

The ministry said on Tuesday it has instructed the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and carriers to ramp up coronavirus prevention measures and closely monitor their crews when they leave and return to the country.

Pilots, attendants and other crew members on repatriation flights and those carrying experts and investors bound for Vietnam must wear N95 masks or their equivalent and protective suits, including hats, glasses and gloves. They must also use hand sanitizers.

Pilots and attendants need to use dedicated restrooms and their own vehicles on getting off the plane. No contact is allowed with passengers during flights.

On arriving in Vietnam, they are quarantined and tested for the novel coronavirus twice 72 hours apart. If both tests return negative, they are allowed to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

Airlines have been instructed to sanitize areas prone to infection like food trays and restroom doors. Planes are sanitized upon entry as well.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered a temporary halt to all inbound international commercial flights following the latest cases at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

While he said repatriation flights would be allowed to bring Vietnamese citizens who are old, sick or facing financial issues home, the CAAV said on Wednesday plans for 33 commercial repatriation flights a week between December 1 and January 15 have been temporarily shelved.

Vietnam has had 1,351 Covid-19 cases so far, 118 still active.

Thirty five people have succumbed to the disease, many of them elderly patients with underlying conditions like diabetes and kidney failure.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/carriers-violating-quarantine-rules-not-allowed-to-fly-abroad-transport-ministry-4200215.html

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Universities with autonomy lack right to hire lecturers

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Covered by the Law on Public Employees, universities with autonomy don’t have the right to make decisions in recruitment, increase pay for talented lecturers, or dismiss incapable workers.

Speaking at a workshop on university autonomy held by the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescents and Children, Truong Tuan Linh and Nguyen Phuong Thao, lecturers at Thai Nguyen University, described the contradictions of legal documents on using personnel in public non-business units.

Universities with autonomy lack right to hire lecturers

The state wants to transfer autonomy in personnel to universities, but requires universities to recruit civil servants only. But the number of civil servants is not high enough to implement the tasks at universities.

According to the lecturers, in the past when legal provisions were not really clear, universities had to use both recruitment forms – recruitment of civil servants and recruitment of workers under labor contracts. As such, both laws, including the Law on Public Employees and Labor Code, were applied at the same time.

Universities applied the Law on Public Employees in their operations, but when labor disputes occurred, they would be required to follow the Labor Code, though the provisions of the two laws were not the same.

Most universities use a personnel classification scale and salary coefficient designed for civil servants to apply to their workers, but it is not necessary. They also have to set salaries for workers based on provisions of the Labor Code and refer to regional minimum wages to determine salaries.

According to Phan Thi Lan Huong and Nguyen Thi Thanh Tu from Hanoi Law University, the pay in accordance with jobs and positions creates challenges for higher education establishments that do not enjoy autonomy for regular expenses and investments.

Citing Decree 99, which says that personnel recruitment must not lead to an increase in number of workers receiving salaries from the state budget, the two lecturers pointed out that the regulation doesn’t ensure the self-determination of state-owned universities.

If universities want to open more majors and joint training programs, but do not enjoy autonomy in financing, they do not have the right to increase personnel.

The number of permanent lecturers is the basis to determine the enrollment quota. If higher education establishments want to increase enrollment, they have to increase the number of permanent lecturers.

The regulation once again shows the problem in the policies on autonomy.

Do Van Dung, rector of the HCM City University of Technology and Education, said that since autonomous universities still have to observe the Law on Public Employees, they do not have the right to dismiss lecturers who work ineffectively. 

Le Huyen

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/universities-with-autonomy-lack-right-to-hire-lecturers-693958.html

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Vietnam suspends inbound commercial flights after virus outbreak: PM

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HANOI — Vietnam will suspend all inbound commercial flights after it detected its first COVID-19 outbreak in nearly three months, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday.

Phuc said inbound evacuation flights can continue but anyone coming in will still have to go into 14 days of quarantine.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20201202/vietnam-suspends-inbound-commercial-flights-after-virus-outbreak-pm/58059.html

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