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Unprecedented welfare packages launched in 2021

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A number of welfare packages worth trillions of dong were launched to help workers, employers, Covid-19 patients and others during the pandemic.

Unprecedented welfare packages launched in 2021

Government Resolution 68, VND26 trillion

On July 1, the Government released Resolution 68 with the support package worth VND26 trillion from the State budget o support 12 groups of workers and employers, including freelancers.

The reports of labor departments from 63 cities and provinces showed that as of November 25, the total expenses to implement the resolution had reached VND28.45 trillion, delivered to 28.27 million subjects, including 377,431 employers, 27.9 million workers and others.

HCM City gave support to 11.2 million subjects, totaling VND12.03 trillion. Some localities reported high expenditures, including Binh Duong (VND2.64 trillion), Hanoi (VND2.055 trillion), Dong Nai (VND2.03 trillion), Ba Ria – Vung Tau (VND1.473 trillion), Bac Giang (VND706 billion) and Long An (627 billion).

The total expenditures to give support under three insurance policies was VND5.39 trillion, addressing 375,820 employers and 11.391 billion workers.

Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has reviewed and notified 375,000 employers that they entitled to a reduction in insurance premiums for occupational accidents and disease from July 2021 to the end of June 2022, totaling VND4.32 trillion.

On September 24, the Government issued Resolution 116 on launching a support package worth VND38 trillion targeting employers and workers affected by Covid-19, sourced from the unemployment insurance fund.

The estimated reductions from October 2021 to September 2022 amounted to VND7.595 trillion.

Resolution 116, VND38 trillion

VSS checked and sent the lists of workers subject to the support package to 357,861 employers, and 1,868,907 workers received the support.

The number of workers who stopped paying unemployment insurance premiums but still asked for support was 1,289,332. As many as 28,038 workers continued paying unemployment insurance, but voluntarily refused support.

The total amount paid was VND28,798 billion for 12,149,585 workers.

Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said that Resolutions 68 and 116 have helped people overcome difficulties. The policies not only target workers but also cover disadvantaged people, including older people, orphans and the disabled.

On October 28, 2021, the Vietnam Labor Federation (VLF) announced a plan to give financial support to workers to celebrate Tet. A budget of VND2.4 trillion has been reserved for 8 million laborers (VND 300,000 each).

A report showed that the number of officially employed workers was 15.1 million people in the third quarter of the year, down 468,900 people compared to the previous quarter and 657,000 compared with the same period last year.

HCM City: VND9.8 trillion, 3 campaigns

The city has launched three support packages in cash from the budget and delivered 2 million welfare bags from sources mobilized by the Fatherland Front.

The first support campaign was organized in July 2021, under which VND886 billion was delivered to 366,000 freelancers, more than 56,000 workers who had to take unpaid leave, and 199 workers who became unemployed but did not meet the requirements to receive unemployment benefits.

The city also gave support to 5,900 business households which had to suspend their operation and more than 17,000 merchants at traditional markets.

The support of VND50,000/head/day, applied to lockdown days, was given to freelancers who lost jobs or had revenue decreasing sharply because of social distancing, workers residing legally in the city who did not have income, and workers who had income of below VND4 million a month.

Petty merchants at traditional markets (first-class market) received VND300,000 a month. The support was VND210,000 a month for second-class markets, and VND150,000 for third-class ones.

The business households which had to stop operation in the areas that imposed lockdown in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Direction 16 received another support of VND2 million each.

According to HCM City leaders, the complicated developments of the pandemic and long lockdown period caused big difficulties. The municipal authorities decided to launch a second support campaign, under which VND900 billion was budgeted to support three groups of people, implemented on August 5-10.

The second package targeted poor workers and those who were not subject to the first package. Everyone received VND1.5 million each. About 250,000 people got support.

On September 23, the HCM City People’s Council once again approved a resolution on supporting people in difficulties under which each individual received VND1 million. There were five groups of people covered by the policy, with the total number of 7.3 million.

To date, support has been delivered to 6.1 million beneficiaries, and the delivery is continuing in some districts.

Since August 4, 2021, the city’s welfare center has delivered 2,587,095 welfare bags to 22 districts and Thu Duc City.

Nguyen Van Lam, Deputy Director of HCM City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said the total spending in three campaigns to support people in difficulties is VND9.8 trillion with 8.4 million beneficiaries. More than 88 percent of the third package has been disbursed.

Gia Van – Ho Van

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/unprecedented-welfare-packages-launched-in-2021-803087.html

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The winners of the first VinFuture Prize have been revealed. Professors Kariko, Cullis and Weissman were awarded the Grand Prize of US$3 million for their research on mRNA vaccine technology.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118190/future-is-now.html

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15,935 new coronavirus cases recorded on Friday

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A student has his body temperature checked before entering class at Việt Đức High School in Hoàn Kiếm District of Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Tùng

HÀ NỘI — A total of 15,935 new COVID-19 patients were reported in Việt Nam on Friday, raising the total number to 2,110,737.

Thirty-four were imported infections and the remaining domestic. New cases were reported in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country.

A total of 10,912 transmissions were detected in the community.

The capital city of Hà Nội again led the list, with 2,805 cases.

The other localities that reported new infections were Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22) and Bắc Kạn (13).

Việt Nam has seen 133 cases of the Omicron variant so far, in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1) and Quảng Ninh (2).

A further 2,256 patients were declared recovered, taking the number of people given the all-clear so far to 1,797,180.

A total of 177 fatalities related to COVID-19 were announced. To date, the country has had 36,443 deaths, making up 1.7 per cent of total infections and ranking 25th out of 224 countries and territories worldwide.

More than 173.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so far. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118156/15935-new-coronavirus-cases-recorded-on-friday.html

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Update of COVID-19 new cases in Việt Nam on Jan. 21 afternoon

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From 16:00 on January 20 to 16:00 on January 21, 15,935 new infections were recorded on the National COVID-19 Case Management System.
 
Provinces and cities with confirmed cases are as follows: Hà Nội (2,805), Đà Nẵng (964), Hải Phòng (796), Hưng Yên (685), Bến Tre (618), Thanh Hóa (509), Quảng Ngãi (482), Bình Phước (475), Bình Định (420), Bắc Ninh (418), Quảng Ninh (369), Khánh Hòa (346), Quảng Nam (344), Hải Dương (341), Cà Mau (319), Bắc Giang (299), Vĩnh Phúc (280), Thừa Thiên Huế (280), Thái Nguyên (268), Vĩnh Long (263), Trà Vinh (240), Tây Ninh (237), Nghệ An (233), Lâm Đồng (231), HCM City (227), Nam Định (223), Phú Thọ (209), Hòa Bình (208), Thái Bình (187), Ninh Bình (151), Lào Cai (134), Tuyên Quang (129), Hà Nam (128), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (127), Điện Biên (115), Bạc Liêu (113), Lạng Sơn (112), Đắk Nông (101), Gia Lai (99), Sơn La (99), Hà Giang (99), Bình Dương (95), Quảng Bình (90), Hậu Giang (87), Phú Yên (84), Yên Bái (84), Đồng Tháp (81), Kon Tum (73), Kiên Giang (72), Bình Thuận (71), Cần Thơ (61), Quảng Trị (56), Sóc Trăng (55), Hà Tĩnh (52), Đồng Nai (51), Cao Bằng (51), An Giang (39), Ninh Thuận (31), Tiền Giang (28), Long An (22), Lai Châu (22), Bắc Kạn (13).
 
Up to now, Việt Nam has recorded 130 cases of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant in Hà Nội (12), Quảng Nam (27), HCM City (65), Hải Dương (1), Hải Phòng (1), Thanh Hóa (2), Đà Nẵng (8), Khánh Hòa (11), Long An (1), Quảng Ninh (2).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1118126/update-of-covid-19-new-cases-in-viet-nam-on-jan-21-afternoon.html

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