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Vietnam adds 13,698 coronavirus infections, 210 fatalities

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The Ministry of Health confirmed 13,698 new COVID-19 infections throughout Vietnam on Thursday, alongside 13,258 recoveries and 210 deaths.

The latest cases, including 21 imported and 13,677 domestic transmissions, were reported in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 7,538 patients caught the pathogen in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City registered 1,738 of the latest infections, Can Tho City 985, Tay Ninh Province 768, Soc Trang Province 747, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 637, Dong Thap Province 606, Binh Thuan Province 502, Hanoi 499, Dong Nai Province 475, Binh Duong Province 414, Khanh Hoa Province 394, Lam Dong Province 197, Thua Thien-Hue Province 143, Da Nang 82, Quang Nam Province 66, Hai Phong City 37, and Quang Ninh Province 16.

Vietnam had recorded 14,506 locally-acquired infections on Wednesday.

The country has detected 1,261,035 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,002,493 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest epicenter with 473,871 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 283,287, Dong Nai Province with 88,230, Long An Province with 38,331, Tay Ninh Province with 30,125, Tien Giang Province with 25,206, An Giang Province with 23,675, Dong Thap Province with 23,240, Can Tho City with 19,700, Binh Thuan Province with 17,901, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 16,470, Khanh Hoa Province with 14,139, Hanoi with 11,446, and Da Nang with 6,203.

Vietnam logged only 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.

The health ministry confirmed 13,258 recovered patients on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,005,310.

The toll has climbed to 25,658 mortalities after the ministry documented 210 deaths on the same day, including 80 in Ho Chi Minh City, 23 in Dong Nai Province, 16 in Can Tho City, 14 in An Giang Province, and the remaining in 18 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has announced 1,266,288 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.

Health workers have given more than 125 million vaccine doses, including 1,714,026 shots on Wednesday, since inoculation was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

Over 72.4 million of the country’s 98 million people have got at least one dose while upwards of 52.7 million are now fully vaccinated.

Vietnam aims to fully inoculate 100 percent of its adult population this year. Many provinces and cities are immunizing children aged 12-17 against COVID-19, using Pfizer-BioNTech shots.

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Northern Vietnamese provinces seek approval for construction of airports

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Authorities in Lai Chau and Son La Provinces, northern Vietnam are seeking the prime minister’s approval for the construction of airports there.

In a document sent to PM Pham Minh Chinh, the Lai Chau People’s Committee mentioned its plan to build Lai Chau Airport, which is designed to cover 167 hectares and have the capacity of 500,000 passengers per year, in Tan Uyen Town during the 2022-30 period.

The administration stressed that the project plays an important role in promoting the province’s socio-economic development as well as contributes to ensuring national defense and security in border areas.

The province has carried out necessary land use planning and site clearance to attract the interest of investors in the project.

Some investors are mulling over implementing the project under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

PPP involves a contract between a public sector authority and a private party, in which the private party provides a public service or project and assumes financial, technical, and operational risk in the project.

In order to ensure the legal basis and favorable conditions for the construction of the airport, the Lai Chau People’s Committee requested the prime minister to give the green light to the project and authorize the administration to initiate it.

The Son La People’s Committee has also submitted a document to the premier to seek approval for the construction of Na San Airport under the PPP model.

The airdrome is expected to have the capacity of one million passengers by 2030.

The provincial administration previously coordinated with relevant sectors to study the possibility of building the airport with the state budget or capital of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, but both options were deemed to be very challenging.

The province thus considered using resources from the private sector.

In May 2021, Him Lam JSC suggested a plan to build the airdrome under the PPP model.

During the first phase, Na San Airport is expected to handle up to one million passengers and 350 metric tons of cargo a year, with the cost of the construction estimated at VND2.56 trillion (US$109.4 million).

In the second phase, an expansion costing VND468 billion ($20 million) will be carried out, and the airport capacity will increase to two million passengers a year.

The construction of Na Sa Airport is expected to run from the third quarter of 2023 to the fourth quarter of 2025.

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Low-cost meals for the underprivileged in Ho Chi Minh City

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Budget eateries offering each meal at a mere VND1,000 (US$0.04), VND5,000 ($21), or for free in Ho Chi Minh City are warming the hearts of low-income workers and disadvantaged people amid surging goods prices.

Situated at 317 Trung My Tay 13 Street in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, the eatery run by Tran Thi Dung and her husband serves offal porridge for disabled and elderly people and lottery ticket vendors.

Tran Thi Dung recounted that three years ago, her husband was severely injured in a traffic accident so she took him to their hometown for care and treatment.

When he was in good health again, they returned to the city to do business.

The couple decided to open a low-cost eatery as a way to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged.

“We charge no money to customers who are disabled and sell lottery tickets, but some still pay VND5,000 for their meal as they don’t want to be indebted to anyone.

“Receiving their thanks for our acts makes me happy and indefatigable.”

Another charity venue at 61 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in District 11 is serving vegetarian dishes at VND5,000 each.

The eatery owned by Tran Phuoc Hoa is a popular haunt of the disadvantaged people in the city.

Sometimes, philanthropists give financial support to the eatery, so it not only charges no money to poor people but also launches a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ program.

“I opened the vegan eatery in 2013 with an aim to share the hardship with the poor and encourage them to choose a vegan lifestyle,” Hoa said.

“High- or medium-income customers can pay the same price for their meal, while dishes are given to the poor free of charge.”

He strongly believed that he would receive luck and happiness in return for his kindness.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, who resides in Binh Tan District and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, said, “I have been a loyal customer of the VND5,000 vegan eatery for a long time.

“Dishes are changed every day.

“Having meals there helps me save a lot of money for supporting my family amid soaring prices.”

Sitting in Alley 221/10 on Phan Van Khoe Street in District 6, the VND1,000 porridge eatery called ‘Come Here,’ which is run by Thai Cong Minh and his wife, is also a charitable site for students and low-income laborers.

“I have sold porridge for 20 years,” Minh said.

“The eatery is open from 3:30 am to 8:00 pm each day.

“Each ladle of porridge costs VND1,000, while the prices of side dishes range from VND3,000 to VND5,000.

“The eatery mainly serves poor people and low-income workers such as lottery ticket sellers, so I will not spike the prices at this time to retain customers and partially support them amid this ‘price storm.’”

Free or VND5,000 bowls of porridge warm the hearts of the disadvantaged in Ho Chi Minh City amid rising goods prices. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Free or VND5,000 bowls of porridge warm the hearts of the disadvantaged in Ho Chi Minh City amid rising goods prices. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Tran Phuoc Hoa’s VND5,000 vegan eatery, which offers takeout, is a popular haunt of poor people in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong

Tran Phuoc Hoa’s VND5,000 vegan eatery, which offers takeout, is a popular haunt of poor people in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong

At budget eateries, customers with high or low income can pay the same price. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

At budget eateries, customers with high or low income can pay the same price. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Nguyen Van Phuoc, who lives in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, is one of the VND5,000 vegan eatery’s loyal customers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Nguyen Van Phuoc, who lives in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, is one of the VND5,000 vegan eatery’s loyal customers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

The porridge eatery named ‘Come Here’ owned by Thai Cong Minh in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City charges VND1,000 per ladle amid the current ‘price storm.’ Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

The porridge eatery named ‘Come Here’ owned by Thai Cong Minh in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City charges VND1,000 per ladle amid the current ‘price storm.’ Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong

Apart from porridge as the main dish, Thai Cong Minh’s eatery also serves side dishes such as radish stir-fried with pickles and fish sauce, dried fish, Vietnamese caramelized fish sauce dip, and salted eggs. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong

Apart from porridge as the main dish, Thai Cong Minh’s eatery also serves side dishes such as radish stir-fried with pickles and fish sauce, dried fish, Vietnamese caramelized fish sauce dip, and salted eggs. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong

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Vietnam’s tank team competes in International Army Games in Russia

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Vietnam competed in the qualifying round of the tank biathlon category within the framework of the International Army Games 2022 in Moskva, Russia on Saturday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

This year’s tank biathlon event attracts the participation of 61 crews of 21 teams, divided into two groups.

The first group consists of teams from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia, while the second is comprised of Abkhazia, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Laos, Mali, Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Tajikistan, and South Ossetia.

Teams in Group 1 will compete in the qualifying round to select the top eight to enter the semi-final round and then the best four for the final round.

Meanwhile, those in Group 2 will only join a round-robin format.

Crew No.1 of the Vietnamese tank team completed their task on Saturday, destroying four targets out of five and finishing the race after 34 minutes 53 seconds.

Meanwhile, crews from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan annihilate all five targets and finished the race after 25 minutes 57 seconds, and 25 minutes and 18 seconds, respectively.

The Venezuelan rivals destroyed only one target and finished their competition after 47 minutes 5 seconds.
Crews No. 2 and 3 of the Vietnamese tank team will compete on August 16 and 20.

First held in 2015, the International Army Games are an annual Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

This year’s edition will run from August 13 to 27 at the military training grounds in twelve countries: Russia, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan. 

More than 260 teams from 35 countries join the 2022 Games.

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