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PM demands proactive moves to cope with Omicron variant

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered proactive moves be made in the face of Omicron, a new coronavirus variant that has been spreading to many countries around the world.

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According to the Government Office’s announcement of the PM’s directions, he requested that to proactively prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health (MoH) proactively keep a close watch the pandemic situation caused by Omicron, frequently contact the World Health Organisation (WHO) to get timely and precise updates about this variant, and propose timely and effective anti-pandemic plans matching the reality.

Meanwhile, the MoH, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of National Defence, and related ministries and authorities have to order competent agencies to tighten control over people who have come to or transited the countries recording infections of the Omicron variant so as to prevent the entry and transmission of this new variant.

As of November 29 evening, the total number of COVID-19 cases nationwide was 1,224,110, including 25,055 deaths./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/pm-demands-proactive-moves-to-cope-with-omicron-variant-797209.html

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FM spokesperson on Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing

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The passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a loss to the Buddhist community in general and Vietnamese Buddhism in particular, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh passes away in Vietnam at the age of 96.

Hang was responding to a question raised by media workers concerning the recent passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam.

“On hearing about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the Buddhist sect, the Vietnamese Buddhist community at home and abroad, and the family of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh,” said Hang.

According to the spokesperson, the Zen Master is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who has lived abroad for many years, making contributions to the introduction and development of Buddhism as well as Vietnamese culture in the world.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a global famous preacher, writer, poet, and social activist, passed away at Tu Hieu pagoda in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on January 22 at the age of 96.

The dead body of the world renowned monk is being kept in a casket placed inside the pagoda for Buddhists to come and pay respect to him.

Buddhists began to mourn the late Zen Master on January 23.  

According to the obituary, the Zen Master’s funeral will be held in the form of a silent Buddhist meditation retreat following his will, and it will last for seven days.

A cremation ceremony will be held on January 29. His relics will not be buried in stupas as normally seen, but be distributed to Tu Hieu pagoda and Plum Village monasteries around the world.

Source: VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/fm-spokesperson-on-zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-s-passing-811286.html

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NA Chairman tasks Mobile Police High Command to build more-elite force

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National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ (third, left) visits the Mobile Police High Command on Thursday morning in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Doãn Tấn

HÀ NỘI — National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ on Thursday told the Mobile Police High Command to focus on building a more elite and modern mobile police force to meet future requirements.

Huệ made the request when he visited the command, checking their combat readiness as well as offering Lunar New Year’s greetings to all officers and soldiers.

The mobile police force also needs to actively study and practise in all aspects to consolidate the firm political will and loyalty to the Party and the State as well as devotedly serving the people, contributing to maintaining security, political stability, and social order for the country’s development, he added.

He also said that 2022 will be a very important year, pivotal to implementing the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress and the Resolution of the seventh Congress of the Central Public Security Party Committee.

He said there will be both advantages and disadvantages in the future as the world and the region’s situation is forecast to have complicated and unpredictable developments, including possible new variants of COVID-19.

In the meantime, criminal activities are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous. The lives and jobs of people and businesses are still facing many difficulties due to the pandemic, he said.

He stressed the requirements and tasks set for the People’s Public Security Force and the Mobile Police Force will be great in the future.

It requires the force to seriously implement Resolution No. 22-NQ/TW, dated March 15, 2018, of the Politburo on continuing to renovate and re-arrange the organisational structure of the Ministry of Public Security to effectively implement the Party’s policies and the State’s laws, he said.

Also during the visit, Huệ warmly praised and congratulated the outstanding achievements that the command had achieved in the past.

Last year, the mobile police force co-operated with the Army to successfully protect major political events of the country, including ensuring the safety of the 13th National Party Congress as well as the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-26 term amid the pandemic, he said.

The mobile police force also successfully smashed many major criminal gangs last year. It is also an important force and the frontline force to fight against the pandemic, contributing to the successful control of the pandemic in HCM City, southern provinces and Hà Nội last year, he said.

The command has been conferred the title of Hero of the People’s Armed Forces by the Party and State. It has also been awarded the Excellent Emulation Flag by the Government for its contributions, he said.

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, on behalf of the leaders of the Party, State, National Assembly, Huệ wished the command to continue to successfully fulfil their tasks.—

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1120495/na-chairman-tasks-mobile-police-high-command-to-build-more-elite-force.html

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Immigration Department issues relaxed entry protocols for foreign nationals, overseas Vietnamese

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The Immigration Department of Vietnam has announced new policies on easing entry procedures for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese as well as their family members with valid visas or visa exemptions.

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Passengers from Japan arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on January 1, 2022. Vietnam has reopened regular international flights on a pilot basis starting this year. — VNA/VNS Photo

The move was made in accordance with directions stated by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh in Government Office Document No. 450/VPCP-QHQT dated January 18, 2022.

Foreigners and overseas Vietnamese, who hold valid permanent or temporary residence cards, visas and visa exemption certificates, can enter Vietnam in accordance with the Law on foreigners’ entry without having to obtain prior approval from ministries, sectors, and local authorities or undergoing pre-clearance procedures.

Foreigners who wish to enter Vietnam for market research, business, investment, work, conferences, study, family visits but do not have one of the above-mentioned documents must obtain approval from the provincial People’s Committees or ministries, sectors, and central authorities before undergoing sponsoring, inviting procedures for visas at the Immigration Department.

All entrants must adhere to applicable COVID-19 prevention regulations by the Ministry of Health, which means having a negative RT-PCR test results taken within three days prior to entry, submitting an online health declaration at https://tokhaiyte.vn, taking a rapid antigen COVID-19 tests at the airport if one arrives from a country with Omicron, and serving three day quarantine at home/place of accommodation (for fully vaccinated/recently recovered patients) or seven-day quarantine at hotel for the not fully vaccinated.

Those wishing to enter Vietnam for tourism purposes can do so by joining tour groups under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism’s pilot inbound tourism programme for fully vaccinated arrivals.

Under this vaccine passport-based scheme aimed at reviving international tourism after two years of pandemic, foreign tourists could go to five destinations in Vietnam – Phu Quoc (Kien Giang Province), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Da Nang, Hoi An (Quang Nam), and Quang Ninh, with Binh Dinh and HCM City soon to reopen as well.

The Immigration Department asked the Consular Department (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to notify Vietnamese missions abroad to issue guidance for Vietnamese people residing overseas and relatives.

The Civil Aviation Authority also requested to notify airlines, domestic and overseas, on the protocols for boarding, while municipal and provincial authorities should issue guidance for overseas businesses and foreign nationals in their jurisdiction.

Source: Vietnam News 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/immigration-department-issues-relaxed-entry-protocols-for-foreign-nationals-overseas-vietnamese-811261.html

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