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S.Korean association leader charged for organizing compatriots’ illegal entry into Vietnam



Three South Korean men, including a leader of the South Korean Association in central Vietnam, have been indicted and arrested for arranging the illegal entry of their compatriots into the Southeast Asian country, Da Nang police said on Friday.

The indicted men include Lee Kwan Young, 53, vice-president of the South Korean Association in the central Vietnamese region, Seo Young Jin, 48, director of Han in Hue Co. Ltd., and Song Hong Sub, the 49-year-old owner of Khan Vina Co. Ltd.

All of them dwell in Da Nang.

Lee and Seo organized a demand survey, received visa applications from enterprises, and arranged the entire illegal immigration of South Korean nationals from Incheon International Airport in South Korea to Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam.

Song, meanwhile, promoted the illegal service and looked for customers on the Internet.

They had directors of a number of local companies — such as Kuvarose, The Es, and Phuc Travel Newlife — sign and stamp endorsement papers to help a number of South Korean citizens make entry into Vietnam under the guise of experts.

Vietnam began denying entrance to foreign nationals in March 2020 and currently only allows arrivals who are diplomats, investors, experts, skilled workers, and business managers. 

They are required to present certificates proving their negative test results within three days before their flights and comply with Vietnam’s coronavirus quarantine rules upon arrival.

Taking advantage of this regulation, Lee, Seo, and Song successfully organized the illegal entry for four times on December 11, 2020 and January 23, February 26, and March 26, 2021.

Police in Da Nang also searched the houses of the three indicted men on Friday.

They have continued to expand their investigation to clarify the responsibilities of relevant individuals and organizations.

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New born babies recover from COVID-19




A newborn baby and mother head home after recovering from COVID-19 in Đà Nẵng. — Photo courtesy of Trần Ngọc  

ĐÀ NẴNG — Two newborn babies who contracted COVID-19 from their mothers have made a full recovering after just a week in hospital.

And four other children, under the age of four, have also been declared coronavirus-free after treatment in the central city of Đà Nẵng.

Director of the city’s Hoà Vang health centre, Dr Nguyễn Đại Vĩnh said the two babies, both boys, tested negative before going home for quarantine and medical checks on Monday.

Vĩnh said the two mothers – who both been had infected with SARS-COV-2 – gave birth on September 7-8 at the field hospital.

He said three other boys under four years old, and a one-year girl all tested negative after two weeks at the hospital. They need two more weeks home quarantine under medical supervision.

Earlier, a newborn baby and mother were also declared healthy and released from the hospital on September 5.

A 101-year-old woman was the oldest patient to recover from COVID-19 on September 1.

The city’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said the number of cases has sharply declined in the past three days with a ratio of under 20 each day.

No new community infections were reported on September 12-13, while the number of ‘green zones’ with no community infections has increased from 14 to 23 in just a week.

The city said it has reserved safe traffic routes in green zones for better transportation and take-away services as well as access to traditional markets.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Quảng Nam province has been tracing SARS-COV-2 infection sources at Điện Nam-Điện Ngọc industrial zones in Điện Bàn town after 19 cases were found at three businesses.

Quảng Ngãi People’s Committee also closed all fishing ports to prevent community spread. It eased restrictions in controlled areas that are showing positive results, including Quảng Ngãi city; Trà Phong commune of Trà Bồng District, Tư Nghĩa, Sơn Tịnh and Bình Sơn districts.

The province also planned to bring 200 pregnant women from HCM City, Bình Dương and Đồng Nai for quarantine and prenatal care in their home towns.

It said Quảng Ngãi Fellowman Association donated VNĐ 2 billion (US$87,000) to support people returning home from southern provinces since early June. —


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HCMC begins to ease Covid restrictions



Covid-19 epicenter Ho Chi Minh City has eased some of the stringent social distancing rules that had been in place for weeks.

Starting Thursday inter-district delivery services will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Delivery persons had hitherto not been allowed to cross borders.

Businesses can again use their own delivery staff and no longer have to exclusively use shipping companies.

However, they can only do so within their district and their delivery workers need to be tested every two days for Covid.

Late last month delivery companies were allowed to resume operations in eight districts earlier designated high-risk.

Shipper chờ lấy mẫu xét nghiệm Covid-19 tại quận Gò Vấp, ngày 31/8/2021. Ảnh: Quỳnh Trần/VnExpress

Deliverymen are tested for the new coronavirus in HCMC’s Go Vap District, August 31, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Also from Thursday people living in ‘green zones,’ as areas with low risk are called, can go walking and do other exercises in public places though they must wear masks and keep a distance from others.

People can check the status of their area at

Outdoor physical exercises had been banned in the city since July 9 when it started imposing Directive 16, which requires people to stay at home except for “essential” reasons.

The city has also allowed a number of other businesses to resume, though only between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., including postal and telecommunications services, offices, informatics and schooling equipment sellers.

Also given the green light are those that supporting agricultural production, food production, processing and trading; veterinary facilities; maintenance and repair works; transport machinery and equipment maintenance and repair services; and those that sell vehicle parts.

A man buys bread at a store in HCMCs District 1, September 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

A man buys bread at a store in HCMC’s District 1, September 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

On September 7 food and beverage sellers had been allowed to reopen but only for takeaway and delivery and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Also from Thursday construction and traffic works can resume. All infrastructure works deemed “not urgent” had been halted on July 22.

Restrictions will be eased to the greatest extent in the three districts of 7, Cu Chi and Can Gio where the pandemic is basically under control.

People in these districts can go grocery shopping once a week at both supermarkets and traditional markets.

It is in these three districts that the city will trial its vaccine ‘green pass’ scheme for two weeks. Pass holders can undertake certain activities without too many restrictions like domestic and international travel and participating in public events.

In the latest Covid wave that hit Vietnam almost five months ago, HCMC has been hit hardest.

The city of 13 million has had more than 315,000 cases and over 12,600 deaths in it while the nation’s tally stands at 641,245 and 16,151.


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Hanoi allows reopening of delivery-only food and drink locations in districts with no community COVID-19



Hanoi on Wednesday allowed restaurants and food and drink establishments to reopen for delivery, starting 12:00 noon Thursday, but only in districts that have recorded no community COVID-19 cases since September 3.

Hanoi allows reopening of delivery-only food and drink locations in districts with no community COVID-19

A food joint opened for delivery/takeaway orders on September 6 in Gia Lam District, considered one of the COVID-19 free areas.

The establishments are also required to close before 9pm every day.

This is part of the urgent document regulating COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the capital city signed by the Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Chu Ngọc Anh.

Other services are also allowed to reopen include stores for stationery, textbooks, and other learning equipment (given that the new school year has started), mechanics, electronics, and home appliances.

Business and service establishments are to operate under the management, supervision and inspection of local authorities, the document noted.

They also must fully implement pandemic prevention measures, including mandatory 5K [khẩu trang (face mask), khử khuẩn (disinfection), khoảng cách (distance), không tụ tập (no gathering), and khai báo y tế (health declaration)] for staff, requiring consumers to scan QR codes to register their visit, regularly performing cleaning and disinfection at the establishment, and limiting direct contacts.

Other than these relaxations, most of the city – especially the inner urban districts – remain under strict lockdown in line with the Government’s Directive 16 since late July.

The city’s leaders asked the people and officials not to let their guard down, be complacent or be hasty in lifting restrictions when preparations and safety precautions are not ready.

The health department is tasked with developing sets of criteria for reopening and lifting of restrictions, based on vaccine coverage and outbreak developments and levels of public compliance with rules, which must be continually updated and reviewed to best reflect the situation.

The city’s competent authorities are asked to devise plans for the resumption of businesses and production activities and accompanying COVID-19 measures after September 21. The plans must be submitted to the People’s Committee and the health department no later than September 17.

The health department must report to the city’s authorities on the feedback from agencies and local governments before September 18, so that a new order on COVID-19 prevention and measures could be issued.

To date, in the fourth wave of infections that have affected the country since late April, Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has logged more than 3,800 COVID-19 cases. Only Thanh Xuân District is considered to be at very high risks, two districts of Hoàng Mai and Đống Đa are high risk, nine districts (Ba Đình, Gia Lâm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hoài Đức, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Đông, Thanh Trì, Thường Tín, Đan Phượng) are considered at risk, while the remaining 18 districts and townships are at a ‘new normal’ level.

Source: VNS


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