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Turning hotels into hospitals for Covid-19 patients



In the current context, the hotel-hospital model helps authorities to reduce the pressure on hospital beds, and private hospitals can join hands with the health sector to participate in the fight against the epidemic.

At the lobby of the Pullman Grande hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, medical staff wearing full-body protective gear greet Covid-19 patients with a smile. About 250 rooms at this 5-star hotel were converted into a temporary facility of the Thonburi private hospital when Covid-19 re-emerged in Thailand. Vietnam could learn from Thailand’s experience.

Overloaded hospitals

Turning hotels into hospitals for Covid-19 patients
In the current context, the hotel-hospital model helps authorities to reduce the pressure on hospital beds, and private hospitals can join hands with the health sector to participate in the fight against the epidemic.

Thailand is experiencing the third wave of the epidemic, with more than 5,000 new infections per day since the beginning of July and along with the emergence of the new virus variants such as Alpha, Delta and Beta. Experts warn that the Delta variant is spreading rapidly throughout Thailand.

The sudden increase in the number of infection cases has put heavy pressure on the Thai health system. In Thailand, all Covid-19-positive patients are hospitalized, including those without symptoms. This policy has raised concerns about the risk of overburdening of the health system in case the number of severely-ill patients skyrockets.

Many patients tested positive but were not immediately admitted to the hospital because they had to wait for empty beds. Field hospitals were criticized for their service quality.

Chalerm Harnphanich, president of the Thai Private Hospital Association (PHA), admitted that many Covid-19 patients had to wait to be hospitalized because some private hospitals were unable to arrange beds for them.

Bangkok Metropolitan Authorities (BMA) spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang confirmed that the Thai capital still has enough hospital beds for Covid-19 patients, but acknowledged that the capacity to bring patients to hospitals is limited.

BMA has a total of 9,183 beds for Covid-19 patients and currently has about 4,244 beds available. The government is also arranging more beds at Bang Khun Thien Geriatric Hospital and two field hospitals at Chalerm Phrakiat Bang Bon and Bangkok Arena stadiums.

While hospitals lack beds, the hotel industry in this country is sluggish. According to Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research), before the third Covid-19 wave, it was estimated that about 2 million foreign tourists will visit Thailand in 2021.

According to Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, total tourism revenue for 2021 has been revised down from 1.218 billion baht to 850 billion baht ($27 billion). The government expects that international arrivals to the country in 2021 will reach 3-4 million, only about half of the previous prediction of 6.5 million.

Hospitel model

In that situation, Thailand has turned 23 hotels into hospitals. These hotels operate similarly to field hospitals, but with better amenities and services. To participate in this program, hotels must comply with strict health regulations: have at least 30 rooms and coordinate with a hospital to offer standard medical services and be able to monitor Covid-19 patients.

Patients are treated in a hospital or field hospital for at least 5-7 days before being transferred to a hotel of this type. They must all be under the age of 50, not have severe symptoms, and not be infected with the new variant of Covid-19. Patients will check out of the hotel after they have recovered and are isolated for at least 10 days.

Each patient must be provided with a digital thermometer and pulse oximeter, and must have a portable X-ray machine. Hotels must be staffed like hospitals, with at least one physician, one clinical psychologist, one pharmacist, one radiologist, and one infection control nurse. One in every 20 patients must have a resident nurse at the hotel.

Under Thailand’s universal health care program, Covid-19 patients are treated for free at public hospitals, but if they stay at “hotel hospitals” like Pullman Grande, they have to pay up to 12,000 baht ($384) per night. The program offered by Bumrungrad Hospital costs from about $150,000 for a 14-day stay, excluding spending for medications, services, and medical equipment.

The authorities of Bangkok are planning to open more “hotel hospitals” to provide an additional 4,424 beds for Covid-19 patients in the green group or those with mild or no symptoms. This kind of service makes foreigners more comfortable, thus encouraging them to go there for treatment instead of being sent to centralized quarantine facilities.

The situation in Vietnam

In the current context, the hotel-hospital model helps authorities to reduce the pressure on hospital beds, and private hospitals can join hands with the health sector to participate in the fight against the epidemic. At the same time, hotels can earn income instead of being abandoned.

As for people, those who can afford to pay for the services will enjoy better treatment conditions. Receiving treatment in a safe, private and high-quality environment, people are encouraged to voluntarily participate in treatment.

In Vietnam, some hotels have been used as quarantine facilities. According to the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City, 46 hotels with a total of 3,173 rooms in the city have been turned into paid quarantine sites for those who return to HCM City from abroad.

Meanwhile, private hospitals are not allowed to treat Covid-19 patients. Some eligible private hospitals are licensed by the Ministry of Health to provide Covid-19 tests. Currently, there are 212 private hospitals in 46 of 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam, accounting for 16% of the total number of hospitals.

The epidemic situation is increasingly complicated, and policies and regulations for the treatment of Covid-19 patients are gradually changing. In the future, the participation of private hospitals and hotels will help add a great resource to the medical industry in Covid-19 treatment.

On July 16, the Ministry of Health proposed that the Prime Minister approves the establishment of more temporary facilities to treat Covid-19 patients, including military or police barracks, dormitories, housing areas of factories and enterprises, new and unused apartment buildings, hotels, motels, guest houses, resorts, schools, sports halls, stadiums… This model has been piloted in Bac Giang and now in Ho Chi Minh City, with good results.

Duy Khanh



Ministry investigates evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar



Bags of sugar displayed for sale at a supermarket in Bangkok. — VNA/ Photo Ngọc Quang

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Tuesday issued a decision to investigate the evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar products originating from Thailand after considering requests from domestic sugar producers.

The ministry said it has received the petition of the Vietnam Sugarcane and Sugar Association (VSSA) and domestic cane sugar refineries, which submitted evidence that Thai cane sugar products subject to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy taxes have entered the Vietnamese market through five ASEAN countries of Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.

The MoIT officially imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on a number of sugar cane products originating from Thailand on June 15, 2021.

Data of local customs agencies shows that the volume of sugar imported from the five above-mentioned ASEAN countries had increased sharply to 527,200 tonnes from 107,600 tonnes after Viet Nam initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into sugar from Thailand from October 2020 to June 2021.

Meanwhile, the import volume from Thailand has decreased by nearly 38 per cent, from 955,500 tonnes to 595,000 tonnes in the period.

The MoIT has actively coordinated with the VSSA to monitor the import of cane sugar products and actively consulted and assisted the VSSA, as well as the domestic cane sugar industry, in collecting information and data and making a petition to request an investigation into this behaviour. —


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Santorini masterpiece on the most beautiful avenue of Vung Tau downtown

Léman Cap Residence has taken inspiration from paradise island Santorini in Greece to bring the Mediterranean breath to Ha Long street, the most beautiful avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau.



Project inspired by Santorini Paradise, a destination of Hollywood stars

Santorini is a mainstay on the list of Top 10 paradise islands by the famous American Travel + Leisure Magazine. The island has also been voted as one of the Top 20 most expensive vacation destinations in the world with five-star luxury resorts. It is apparent why many famous Hollywood stars choose Santorini for vacationing.

Rumor has it that “Mrs. Smith” Angelina Jolie once bought a villa right on Santorini island for annual vacations. If you ever get lost here, you will most likely come across Tom Hanks and his wife, Shakira and Pique, or basketball player Michael Jordan. Music star Justin Bieber has also been to Santorini to enjoy the delicious food and wine. The island’s famous specialty is made from grapes grown on the volcanic mountains.

Santorini has always been an irresistible magnet with its characteristic Cycladic architecture, an integral part of the Mediterranean culture. Cycladic architecture is famous for its uniqueness and charm, providing the islands with minimal aesthetics but with a daring style. The most prominent characteristic of this architectural style, are the white washed cube houses built next to and on top of one another.

Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau
Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Visit Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Visitors looking for a taste of Greece need not go that far anymore. Léman Cap Residence now captures the essence of the paradise island Santorini in its design and architecture. Travel lovers can now visit the made in Vietnam Santorini to admire the beauty of the island on Ha Long Street in Vung Tau.

Ha Long is the most bustling street in Vung Tau with well-developed transport infrastructure surrounded by thousands of five-star entertainment services. Along the avenue lie many famous tourist attractions such as Front Beach, Pineapple Beach, Nghinh Phong Cape, Bai Dau and Bai Sau tourist areas, which welcome millions of tourists every year.

Just a few minutes walk from Léman Cap Residence apartment to Ha Long Street, you can easily access a variety of branded shophouses, specialty restaurants, entertainment services, temples and churches, which are the cultural symbols of Vung Tau. Being located on the central route of the city, visitors can reach other areas quickly and easily via Long Thanh International Airport, Ring Road 4 connecting Vung Tau with the western region, as well as many other highways.

The masterpiece Léman Cap Residence fascinates with its unique Santorini architecture with characteristic white and blue colours. The project offers remarkable and unique ocean views while leaning against the green hills. A forest in the middle of the busy street, Léman Cap Residence is a separate resort complex with green nature, blooming flowers and chirping birds all year round.

Léman Cap Residence is located in Ha Long street - the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau
Léman Cap Residence is located in Ha Long street – the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Léman Cap Residence will leave impression on people with its beauty. Léman Cap Residence is a unique Santorini masterpiece with the immense blue sea in front and the fresh green mountains behind. Meanwhile, the surrounding areas are bustling and colourful entertainment complex. 

Léman Cap Residence: Masterpiece Santorini – A diamond on the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau

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Vietnam aims to become world’s farm produce granary



The national digital transformation program says Vietnam will develop hi-technology agriculture with a focus on smart and precise agriculture, while increasing the proportion of digital agriculture in the economy.

Vietnam aims to become world’s farm produce granary

Opening the forum on digital transformation in Vietnam’s agriculture, Truong Gia Binh, Chair of the Vietnam Digital Agriculture Association (VIDA), stressed that it’s necessary to conduct strong digital transformation in e-commerce, e-payment, logistics and agriculture operations. If Vietnam can successfully do these, it will become a country with great competitive potential.

“Our land is situated in the area which doesn’t need heating in winter. It allows us to harvest many crops all year round. We still develop agriculture with 2/3 of population in rural areas. Vietnam’s IT is developing rapidly. All these factors will turn Vietnam into a farm produce granary of the world,” Binh said.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung said the important role of agriculture in maintaining the survival of the society has been confirmed in the pandemic. Agricultural development is the foundation for socio-economic development.

Digital transformation in agriculture needs to be implemented on the basis of data. It’s necessary to have big data about land, crops, livestock and aquaculture; apply digital technology to automate production and business processes, and supervise origin and product supply chains, ensuring transparency, accuracy, safety and food hygiene; and deploy the initiative ‘every farmer is a businessperson and every cooperative is a business utilizing digital technology’.

Also, it’s necessary to conduct digital transformation in management to have reasonable and timely policies for agriculture development, such as market forecasting and planning management.

According to Dung, the goal is that farmers make products at the lowest possible cost and sell products at the highest possible price. Digital transformation is one of the keys to reach that goal.

Minister of Agriculture Le Minh Hoan said Vietnam is facing three challenges, including climate change, market fluctuations and changes in consumption trends in the world.

However, challenges could turn into opportunities. Vietnam is shifting from the period of agricultural production into the period of an agricultural economy based on technology and digital transformation.

Prof Tran Dang Xuan from Hiroshima University said that 70 percent of Vietnam’s farm produce is from small-scale farming households. These households should be put at the center. Of smart agriculture production areas, Mekong Delta should be put at the center. Farmers should learn how to make online transactions. The Government should create policies to encourage farmers to develop digital agriculture.

The scholar said that Vietnam should learn from Japan when developing digital agriculture by sending students to Japan every year for internships. 

Tam An


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