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Saigonese return to karaoke parlors after six months of closure

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Karaoke parlors were very crowded on January 10, the first day of the new normal for entertainment facilities in HCM City.

Saigonese return to karaoke parlors after six months of closure

Dinh Hoang Thuy Duong from Icool Karaoke said 18 branches of the chain were full on Jan 10 evening. The number of clients on was far higher than morning.

Meanwhile, Le Hoang Viet from Nnice reported that the number of clients was below expectation, but this was an encouraging result, which showed signs of recovery. The demand will be clearer in some days, when people find entertainment activities for weekend.

While karaoke parlors’ owners are optimistic about their business, bar owners are not. The bars on BuiVien street, called ‘Pho Tay’ (western backpackers’ street) were deserted on the first day of reopening. Some bars were still closed.

At 9pm, only one table at Knock Knock was booked with three clients. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Van, the manager of the bar, said there were few clients, because yesterday was Monday. But Van was happy as bars have been allowed to reopen after a long period of closure.

The same situation was seen at bars nearby. Bui Ngoc Binh, the manager of Miss Sai Gon, said Bui Vien serves more foreigners than Vietnamese. Some foreigners stuck in HCM City because of Covid-19 have become loyal clients.

Binh said the reopening just brings jobs but not many customers.

In the morning, the bar sells rice and fruit juice to keep workers busy.

Binh wants the Government to resume international flights which paves the way for receive more foreign travelers. Around 70 percent of their clients are foreigners.

Karaoke parlors and bars’ owners said there is a lack of workers. Most workers left during pandemic peak days and they don’t intend to come back to HCM City as Tet is near.

“We can call only 60 percent of workers back. Many workers have given up and shifted to other businesses to earn their living,” Viet said.

“I hope the municipal authorities won’t tell us to open the doors today and close tomorrow,” he said.

Icool imported VND1.5 billion worth of equipment to prepare for the reopening on November 17, 2021, but then had to close the doors just after two days.

HCM City Vice Mayor Duong Anh Duc on Jan 4 signed a document allowing discos, dance clubs, bars and karaoke parlors to resume operation on Jan 10. 

Tran Chung

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/saigonese-return-to-karaoke-parlors-after-six-months-of-closure-808128.html

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194094/viet-nam-reports-1319-new-cases-on-sunday.html

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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194063/gia-lai-should-be-driving-force-of-central-highlands-by-2030-pm.html

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