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Saigon residents bask in warm clothes as temperature drops overnight

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The arrival of a cold front dragged the temperature in Ho Chi Minh City below 20 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, which proves the right time for city dwellers to dust off their winter wardrobe.

The impact of the chilly weather could immediately be seen on the streets this Wednesday morning, as city residents left home under layers of warm clothing and scarves.

“Temperature drops and chilly gusts are blowing this morning,” said Truong Quang Danh from Binh Tan District.

“It makes me shiver while driving, but I like this weather.

“It feels as if I were in Da Lat.”

The norm is around 30 degrees Celsius in tropical Vietnam.

The abrupt atmosphere change after days of heat gave rise to health concerns for vulnerable portions of the community, such as children, the elderly, and people who are ill.

The mild cold spell started affecting southern provinces on Tuesday as temperatures dropped 2-3 degrees Celsius around noon and plummeted further at night.

By Wednesday morning, temperatures throughout the region had fluctuated between 17 and 19 degrees Celsius, with several southeast locales reporting 17 degrees or lower.

During the next few days, chances of drizzling mist are anticipated in several locales, while the weather is expected to be dry, cool, and mildly sunny throughout the region.

Temperatures will hover around 28-31 Celsius degrees.

A commuter is seen with a scarf and warm clothes in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A commuter is seen with a scarf and warm clothes on in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City dwellers wear warm clothes during morning exercise, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City dwellers wear warm clothes during morning exercise, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

A commuter is seen with a scarf and warm clothes in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh/ Tien Phong

A commuter is seen with a scarf and warm clothes on in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

A Ho Chi Minh City dweller wears warm during morning exercise, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

A Ho Chi Minh City dweller wears warm during morning exercise, January 13, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tien Phong

A commuter is seen wearing a raincoat to keep warm in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

A commuter is seen wearing a raincoat to keep warm in Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City residents bask in warm clothes, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City residents bask in warm clothes, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City commuters bask in warm clothes, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Ho Chi Minh City commuters bask in warm clothes, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Kids on the street of Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

Kids on the street of Ho Chi Minh City, January 13, 2021. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tien Phong

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210113/saigon-residents-bask-in-warm-clothes-as-temperature-drops-overnight/58764.html

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Upgrade of the 3.2 kilometer (2 mile) long street, which connects downtown District 1 with District 2 through Binh Thanh District, was launched in October 2019 at a cost of VND470 billion ($20.39 million).

Work on the section from Ton Duc Thang Street to Thu Thiem Bridge has been completed, with the remaining section from Thu Thiem Bridge to Saigon Bridge still under repair.

Phan Duc, head of the project management board, said it is 70 percent complete and that work would commence through the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, to complete before April 30.

The construction site currently hosts 70 types of machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and about 150 workers, including more than 50 for night shifts.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near the foot of Saigon Bridge, drill operator Nguyen Truong Phuc works to reduce subsidence, one of the first stages in upgrading the flood-prone street.

“I have been working here for two months, mainly at night. It’s quite stressful, operating the machine all night and concentrating for long hours,” the 32-year-old said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

A few meters away, Ngoc Nam repairs drills chipped during construction.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near an overpass, a group of workers use excavators and dump trucks to relocate the old drainage system to replace with a new version.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Workers from Gia Dinh Water Supply Company install a new water supply pipe. Affected families are usually informed before work commences at night to avoid disturbances.

The upgrade will see the road surface rise from 0.5 to 1.2 meters. Low-lying houses on both sides will benefit from new, wide sidewalks accessible via three-step staircases.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Bulldozers operate at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Huu Canh streets.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Built in 1997 and opened to traffic in 2002, the VND420 billion ($18.1 million) Nguyen Huu Canh Street was expected to improve traffic flow in HCMC.

But not long after its opening, the street subsided and began flooding each time it rained.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Tran Van Cuong guides a pump into a manhole on a newly-surfaced road section.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

As temperature drops to 19 degrees Celsius at night, Dao Van Xuyen, 40, often wraps himself in a scarf, two layers of T-shirts, and a pair of gloves.

Xuyen only moved to HCMC two months ago. His main work involves leveling crushed stones, watering and pouring concrete. He often chooses to work the night shift because the salary is higher than the day shift, at about VND500,000 ($21.64) per night.

“For me, this job is quite suitable since it doesn’t require high expertise but pays well. I’ll try earn some money to return home to celebrate Tet,” the worker from Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

At about 2 a.m., Dang Minh Tri eats a cup of instant noodles. He works about four nights a week drilling and mixing mortar.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/news/upgrade-work-speeds-up-on-hcmc-flood-prone-street-4222024.html

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Japan suspends visas for Vietnamese citizens

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Japan has suspended granting visas to Vietnamese citizens amid the country’s Covid-19 problems.

According to the Department of Overseas Labour Management under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, that the suspension started from January 14 after the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Japan has decided to temporarily halt the granting of new visas for foreigners, including those from Vietnam.

People gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi for visa application


People who had been provided with a visa to Japan earlier are allowed to enter Japan as of midnight of January 21 at the latest. However, they have to be tested negative for Covid-19 and the test certificate needs to be submitted to Japanese authorities no more than three days before their flight to Japan.

Anyone who enters Japan will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. People are not permitted to use public transport from airports to quarantine sites.

People who violate Covid-19 prevention regulations will be strictly punished.

The measures will be applied until further notice from the Japanese government.

Japan was among six countries from June that offered looser visa policies. Dtinews/Tienphong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/japan-suspends-visas-for-vietnamese-citizens-706066.html

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COVID-19 update in Việt Nam on Saturday evening

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