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Danang readies 280 smart wristbands to monitor direct contacts of Covid cases

Authorities in the central city of Danang have prepared 280 smart wristbands to monitor and track those in direct contact with confirmed Covid cases that are undergoing home isolation, which will start from September 3.

The Danang Department of Information and Communications said that it will provide these smart wristbands to the city’s Department of Health, which will pass them on to local medical centers to monitor those in close contact with Covid patients.

After putting the wristbands into use on a trial basis, G-Innovation Company made some adjustments to improve the accuracy and convenience of the wearable device, according to the Department of Information and Communications.

The department suggested that local medical centers should check and ensure the wristbands are activated and fully charged before handing them over to the direct contacts of confirmed cases. The device must be disinfected after use and returned to the two departments to be checked and given to the next person undergoing home quarantine.

Users who have any queries about the device should contact the Department of Information and Communications for support, aimed at ensuring all of them use the device effectively.

The Information and Communications Department added that direct contacts of confirmed cases can use the Danang Smart City app to make periodic health declarations. The department has added features to the app to help monitor the direct contacts.

The new features allow the competent forces to monitor the health declarations of those undergoing home quarantine and regularly update their locations and to check their compliance with home quarantine requirements by sending a text or Zalo message requesting them to provide their photos and current locations via smartphones.

The Information and Communications Department requested the Health Department, the Danang Center for Disease Control and the local authorities to ask the direct contacts undergoing home isolation to wear the wristband and use the app concurrently.

Further, the department added that probable Covid cases in the city can declare their health status in three ways: the Danang 1022 Call Center on the Zalo platform, the Danang Smart City app, and the website at http://bit.ly/thongtindichte.

Binh Duong, Dong Nai face shortage of Covid vaccine, medical workers

Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces have asked the Government to dispatch more medical workers and allocate more Covid-19 vaccine doses to them to bring the pandemic under control as soon as possible.

The two provinces are mobilizing anti-virus forces to conduct mass Covid-19 testing and vaccination and lock down areas with new outbreaks of Covid-19 cases, while several field hospitals for Covid-19 treatment are being set up.

Over the past few days, Binh Duong Province has seen a surge in the daily Covid-19 infections. The province has reported over 110,000 Covid-19 cases in the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April.

The province is mapping out a plan to respond to a scenario in which the number of cases hits 150,000, and has targeted to bring Covid-19 under control before September 15.

To realize the target, the province is closely monitoring infection clusters, conducting a vaccination drive, isolating Covid-19 cases from the community and building more Covid-19 treatment facilities. The province has a total of 25 field hospitals with 20,000 beds.

However, Binh Duong Province is facing a severe shortage of doctors and nurses and medical equipment, so it proposes the Government send more medical workers to join its Covid-19 fight and allocate more vaccine to the province to inoculate two million residents in extremely high-risk areas, said Nguyen Van Loi, secretary of the Binh Duong Province Party Committee.

Besides, the province also asked the Ministry of National Defense for help with medical workers and equipment.

Over 942,110 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the province.

Elsewhere, Nguyen Hong Linh, secretary of the Dong Nai Province Party Committee, told an online anti-virus meeting on August 31 that the province would continue to propose the Government allocate more Covid-19 vaccine so that the province can achieve herd immunity at the earliest possibility.

Dong Nai Province has reported over 23,700 Covid-19 infections in the latest coronavirus wave.

The province targets to isolate positive Covid-19 cases from the community by September 5 alongside vaccinating residents, Phap Luat Online reported.

Binh Duong begins injecting 1 million Vero Cell vaccine doses

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Binh Duong begins injecting 1 million Vero Cell vaccine doses.

The locality is trying to speed up the vaccination with a goal of fully inoculating 2.6 million residents against the coronavirus to reach herd community and return to the new normal situation as soon as possible.

As of September 2, Binh Duong has been allocated with 2 million doses of vaccines of all kinds.

Binh Duong has to date recorded over 118,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 930 fatalities./.

Peacekeepers make poster to celebrate National Day from South Sudan

The Communist Youth Union of Việt Nam’s Level 2 Field Hospital in South Sudan has completed a poster made of recycled waste to celebrate the 76th anniversary of National Day (September 2).

Members of the union who are serving as peacekeepers in the African country finished the poster after 10 days with the aim to encourage and strengthen the solidarity of the Việt Nam People’s Army and people to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the hospital’s youth union. 

The poster aims to encourage all staff and officials of the Vietnamese peacekeeping force who are working and serving at Việt Nam’s Level 2 Field Hospital for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, the report said.

Inspired by Doctor Tống Vân Anh, Secretary of the Youth Union of Level 2 Field Hospital No 3, the union members spent a lot of time collecting beer cans and soft drinks bottles of different colours to make the work.

To start the painting, the members sketched the details on paper and then put them on the cans to cut, assemble and shape.

They said it was not easy because each piece required meticulousness and ingenuity.

The poster symbolises the spirit and strength of the young generation today while performing their tasks overseas.

The image is of military medical and logistics forces in peacekeeping uniforms carrying out their mission entrusted by the Fatherland and the United Nations.

Behind them is the image of a red flag with a yellow star with the picture of late President Hồ Chí Minh.

Major General Hòang Kim Phụng, Director of the Việt Nam Peacekeeping Department, suggested to the members of the Level 2 Field Hospital No 3 to include President Hồ Chí Minh’s message “Hữu nghị và hòa bình giữa nhân dân toàn thế giới” (Friendship and peace among people all over the world) on the poster.

The aspiration of “peace for people all over the world” is also the guideline for activities of the Level 2 Field Hospital No 3 in South Sudan, the union said.

Promoting the tradition and achievements of the field hospitals that have served there before, the youth of Level 2 Field Hospital No 3 is always determined to “practise virtue, practise talent”, perform their assigned tasks, contributing to bringing a peaceful life for local people, according to the report. 

Ministry tells HCM City, provinces to accelerate COVID vaccination

The Ministry of Health has urged HCM City and its neighbouring provinces of Long An, Đồng Nai and Bình Dương to speed up COVID-19 vaccination.

On Wednesday it also asked them to soon report on the vaccination progress, the ratio of vaccines they have used from their allocations, and the plans for the remaining doses.

It would be used to supply the next batches of vaccines, it said.

It said HCM City has been allotted 9.11 million doses, Bình Dương with 2.37 million and Long An with 1.65 million to ensure everyone aged 18 and above is vaccinated with one shot.

Đồng Nai has been allocated nearly 1.8 million doses to provide 80 per cent of the target population with one shot.

To speed up the task, the ministry wanted provinces to both set up fixed and mobile vaccination facilities.

It said so far over 20.2 million shots have been given nation-wide, including two to almost three million people.

Việt Nam has received more than 29 million doses from various sources, including 19 million of the AstraZeneca vaccine, five million of Moderna, three million  of Pfizer, 2.5 million of Sinopharm, and 12,000 of Sputnik V.

Vietnam, Slovenia boost economic cooperation, COVID-19 response

Newly-accredited Vietnamese ambassador to Slovenia Nguyen Trung Kien recently presented his credentials to President Borut Pahor and held working sessions with several agencies of Slovenia to strengthen bilateral cooperation, especially in economic development and COVID-19 response.

During a meeting with President Borut Pahor after the credentials prevention ceremony, Ambassador Kien conveyed President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s regards to President Pahor and expressed his honor to undertake a new mission in Slovenia.

Talking about similarities both Vietnam and Slovenia have in the past struggle for national independence and in economic development at present, Ambassador Kien expressed his belief that the two countries will continue to promote cooperation to jointly address international issues of common concerns, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Borut Pahor welcomed Ambassador Kien to take up his mission in Slovenia and wished that the diplomat would continue to foster friendly relations between the two countries.

He highlighted the important role of multilateral cooperation mechanisms in solving global problems, and congratulated Vietnam on successfully assuming its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021.

Vietnam and Slovenia should strengthen coordination and cooperation within international frameworks and institutions, especially in the context of global challenges, he said.

While meeting with Igor Zorčič, Speaker of the National Assembly and Bojan Kekec, Chairman of the National Council Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Kien presented his hosts a letter on COVID-19 in Vietnam from National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and asked for Slovenia’s support in the domain.

He also suggested that the Slovenian National Assembly support and soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), creating a complete legal framework for trade and investment cooperation between the two sides.

Ambassador Kien also visited and held working sessions with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

The Ambassador suggested that Slovenia assist Vietnam with vaccine access to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, and in its capacity as rotating EU President lobby the EU for removing the yellow card mechanism for Vietnamese seafood.

Both sides agreed that Vietnam and Slovenia have great potential for increasing economic and trade cooperation; especially in the areas of their strengths such as high-quality agriculture, logistics and tourism.

Health ministry urges the establishment of a national ICU for Covid-19 treatment

The Ministry of Health has just urged the Hanoi-based Bach Mai and Vietnam-Germany hospitals to set up a national Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for Covid-19 treatment in Ha Nam Province. 

Associate Professor Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Ministry of Health on September 1 sent urgent documents to hospitals in Hanoi asking for their preparation of ICUs to treat serious Covid-19 patients in the area.

The move aims to enhance the city’s capacity of Covid-19 treatment and reduce fatality rate amid the rising number of infections in the area.

Local hospitals have been asked to spare at least 40 percent of beds for treating Covid-19 patients.

The ministry has also asked Bach Mai and Vietnam-Germany hospitals to draft immediate plans for a national ICU in Ha Nam Province which would receive serious Covid-19 patients in the northern region.

On September 1, a 500-bed hospital was put into operation in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District to provide treatment for severe and critical Covid-19 patients in Hanoi and northern localities. The hospital plans to mobilise about 1,000 medical workers, including 272 doctors and 680 nurses.

As of September 2, the capital city has recorded 3,332 Covid-19 infections since the new outbreak started in late April. The city has continued to report new infections in the community despite strict social distancing rules having been imposed for over a month.

Vietnamese Ambassador’s writing featured on Thai printed newspaper

Thailand’s leading English-language printed newspaper Bangkok Post on September 2 published an interview with Vietnamese Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh on the occasion of Vietnam’s 76th National Day.

In the article titled “Vietnam in 76 years of Independence”, the diplomat underscored the country’s achievements after the landslide victory of the August Revolution which brought about the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945.

In these 76 years, the story of Vietnam has been impressive to the world, from the triumphs over the wars of resistance to the success of the “Doi moi” (Renewal) process, which make the country today become a strong, democratic and open nation, as well as amongst the fastest growing economies in the world.

He emphasised the transformation from a centralised backward agricultural economy facing constant food shortages to the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products able to ensure food security for a population of more than 97 million, calling it one of Vietnam’s greatest achievements.

At present, Vietnam is among the 40 largest economies in the world and the fourth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Thanh said.

Per-capita income has increased 17-fold to more than 3,500 USD since 2008, leveling Vietnam to the group of middle-income countries.

Vietnam is among the world’s fastest-developing countries in information technology, with 70 percent of its population having access to the internet.

The United Nations has classified Vietnam as one of the countries reaching the Millennium Development Goals. In 2019, Vietnam’s Human Development Index (HDI) hit 0.704, which was a commendable accomplishment compared to countries with a similar level of development.

Thanh went on to say that Vietnam has advocated the model of market economy with socialist orientation since the start of the Doi moi process in 1986, which equally combines both economic and social development targets and policies. Poverty reduction is a key achievement of independent Vietnam.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese Government has provided social support programmes to the vulnerable groups, including free vaccinations to all residents and expatriates regardless nationalities and occupations.

“Vietnam’s foreign policy built on independence, self-reliance, multilateralism, diversification, peace, friendship, cooperation and proactive integration has borne fruits,” he affirmed.

This year, Vietnam and Thailand are celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations (August 6).

Touching on major hallmarks in the countries’ ties, the Vietnamese Ambassador affirmed that Vietnam and Thailand are close partners in ASEAN and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), as well as under cross regional mechanisms like the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM).

He firmly believes that the strengthened strategic partnership between Vietnam and Thailand will be further developed in the way that makes the two countries become stronger together./.

Two Vietnamese universities enter top 500 THE rankings 2022

Ton Duc Thang University and Duy Tan University have made it into the Times Higher Education (THE)’s World University Rankings 2022.

In the latest rankings, Duy Tan University scored 100 points in the criteria of citation to take the lead as the top university in the global rankings, while Ton Duc Thang University earned a total of 99.3 points to be ranked 18th in the world.

The three other Vietnamese representatives to make the list include the Hanoi National University, which is in the top 1001 to 1200, while the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology are among the top 1201+.

THE’s World University Rankings 2022 is based on 13 performance indicators, with a primary focus on four core criteria, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

According to THE rankings, Oxford University leads the way for the sixth year in a row, while China had two representatives featured among the top 20 for the first time. Meanwhile, the US was the most represented country with 183 educational institutions in the list.

This year’s rankings attracted the participation of more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories worldwide.

HCM City vows to keep supporting COVID-affected people

HCM City will launch more relief packages for people whose incomes are affected by COVID-19 and the stringent restrictions to curb it, and make them more accessible, Võ Văn Hoan, deputy chairman of its People’s Committee, has said.

In a live-streamed session with the public on September 1, he said around a million self-employed people and 1.3 million struggling households are each set to receive VNĐ1.5 million (US$65.7) in cash and kind to tide over the crisis.

He said the disbursement has been slow due to the rising number of struggling people signing up for the assistance.

Local authorities have been instructed to quickly dispense the aid, completing it before September 6, he said.

More relief packages would be launched, and “the city’s packages will cover all of its struggling locals,” he said.

They would also take into account the number of members in each household and those who had been left out of earlier lists, he said.

People can apply for relief on a recently launched mobile app called ‘An Sinh’ (Social relief) on Google Play.

Hoan said the city is preparing for various scenarios after September 15. In the most positive, which sees it getting the pandemic under complete control, it would offer relief for up to four months to businesses and individuals, he said.

Unemployed people who wish to return to their home towns should instead try to remain back to reduce risk of spreading the infection, and the city would do its best to support them, he said.

It is also encouraging people providing rental accommodation to reduce rents to help poor tenants, he said.

It plans to provide two million free food and foodstuff packages to struggling people.

It has sought from the Government nearly VNĐ28 trillion and 142,200 tonnes of rice for its relief efforts.

The country’s COVID has recorded over 226,000 cases since late April when the fourth wave began.

Millions have lost jobs or had their incomes greatly reduced.

Vietnamese flag hoisted in New Jersey, USA, on National Day

The Vietnamese Consulate in New York (USA) in collaboration with the government of Jersey City in the state of New Jersey held a ceremony on September 2 to raise the Vietnamese flag at the City Hall, marking the 76th founding anniversary of Vietnam.

In her address, Consul Dinh Phuong Mai noted the flag hoisting ceremony is of special significance as it was the first time that the administration of Jersey City has coordinated with the Vietnamese Consulate in New York to host the event on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day.

The event will mark the start of new exchanges between Jersey City Hall and the Vietnamese Consulate in New York in the near future, she said, hoping such the flag raising ceremony will be held annually locally.

“I think it is an opportunity to promote images of the country and people of Vietnam, and at the same time to strengthen the relationship between the two countries and forge closer ties with the local Vietnamese community towards the homeland,” said the Consul.  

At the ceremony, City Council President Joyce Waterman said her council welcomes people of different nationalities and cultures, including Vietnam, to come and live in the city to promote mutual understanding and develop altogether. She stressed the flag raising ceremony in Jersey City is to honor the freedom of cultures.

Waterman then presented Consul Mai with a statement signed by Mayor Steven Fulop stating that on September 2, 2021, Jersey City has honored Vietnam’s National Day, demonstrating the close friendship between the United States and Vietnam.

Two sides of downtown HCM City bridge linked up

The main span of the Thủ Thiêm 2 Bridge in HCM City, a key infrastructure work linking Thủ Đức City and District 1, was connected on Thursday, according to its builder, the Đại Quang Minh Real Estate Investment Corporation.

Work is continuing on its tower and other segments, and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of next year.

One of the few ongoing projects the city had identified as key and needing completion as soon as possible, work was still permitted despite the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions to combat it.

The construction workers are being provided with accommodation, food and periodic COVID tests to ensure safety.

While the work remains highly challenging due to the pandemic and the need to provide accommodation for the workers for a long time, Đại Quang Minh has said it aims to finish the main part of the bridge by the end of this year.

The 1.4km bridge over the Sài Gòn River costs VNĐ3.1 trillion (US$130.3 million) and has six lanes.

Work on it began in 2015, and was slated to be completed in 2018, but it has been delayed for a number of reasons, including tardy land acquisition.

The other key public works continuing during the pandemic including the metro line No 1 and a flyover near the new Eastern Bus Station in District 9.

Vietnam showered with prizes at “Army of Culture” contest

The Vietnamese team won various prizes at the “Army of Culture” contest in the 2021 International Army Games, which wrapped up with a closing and award ceremony held on September 1 (Russia time).

The team triumphed in Russian song singing and came third at the female solos and duet competitions.

It also bagged the third prize in the couple dance contest; and the second prize in group dance competition and exhibition activities.

In addition, Vietnam won trophies for being the team whose introduction video had the highest number of views (159,000) and votes.

The team came fourth in the overall rankings of the category, with the host Russia winning the first place and followed by China.

The “Army of Culture” contest has been held for the first time during the Army Games 2021 with the competition of 13 countries.

Vietnam is currently standing at the eighth place amongst the teams of 43 countries and territories competing at this year’s Army Games.

In the first time at the international military tournament, teams of the Vietnam People’s Navy clinched a silver medal in the “Sea Cup” category.

Vietnam also bagged a bronze in the “Meridian” competition.

This year, the country serves as the host of the “Military Medical Relay Race” and “Sniper Frontier” contests.

The 2021 International Army Games 2021 is being held from August 22 to September 4 in 11 countries. In total, more than 5,000 military personnel, consisting of 277 teams take part in 34 competitions of the Games./.

Vietnam to restructure national science and technology programmes towards 2030

The Prime Minister has issued a document to the Ministry of Science and Technology on restructuring national-level science and technology programmes for the 2021-2025 period and towards 2030.

In the document, the ministry is assigned to coordinate with other ministries, agencies and localities in proactively formulating plans and organising the work.

The ministry must base itself on the 10-year socio-economic development strategy for the 2021-2030 period and the guidance on taking enterprises, institutes and universities as research entities; ensuring the principles of publicity, transparency and fairness.

The objectives and results of the programmes are to improve product quality and competitiveness of Vietnamese enterprises in the domestic market; to expand foreign markets for advantageous industries; to improve the global innovation index (GII); and to prioritise the promotion of the development of economic models.

The document also specifies a number of priority research fields such as social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, industry, agriculture, health, natural resources, environment./.

National Day celebrated in Switzerland

The Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland on September 1 celebrated the 76th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2) and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Switzerland (1971-2021).

Ambassador Le Linh Lan highlighted that over the past 50 years, the bilateral relationship has made significant strides in all areas. The two countries have closely cooperated and supported each other at multilateral forums and international organisations. Over the recent years, the bilateral economic cooperation relationship has developed strongly with annual trade turnover reaching 2 billion USD.

The diplomat expressed belief that with the complementary nature of the two economies and the current strong political dynamics, the Vietnam-Switzerland cooperation relationship will continue to flourish and deepen in the coming time.

A day earlier, the Vietnamese community in Switzerland as well as Swiss and Vietnamese businesses raised a total of 32, 500 CHF to support the vaccine fund in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Embassy in Slovakia has received donations from the Vietnamese community in Slovakia to support the vaccine fund back in the country.

Ambassador Nguyen Tuan informed the community of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, especially in southern localities, stressing that the State and Government appreciate all forms of support from overseas Vietnamese.

As of August 31, the embassy had received 11,480 euros from the Vietnamese community across Slovakia./.

Vietnamese expats in South Africa celebrate National Day

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa on September 1 held a flag-raising ceremony and incense offering to President Ho Chi Minh on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the National Day (September 2) and the August Revolution (August 19).

Ambassador Hoang Van Loi reviewed the glorious milestones in the past 76 years, especially after 35 years of Doi Moi.

He briefed the Vietnamese community in the host country on the recent achievements back in Vietnam, and spoke highly of the activities of the Vietnamese community in South Africa, including their contributions to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at home./.

Germany to continue promoting relations with Vietnam: President

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has expressed his hope to continue promoting the close and trustful relations and cooperation with Vietnam even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his greetings to Vietnam on the occasion of the country’s National Day (September 2), the leader also highlighted that the two countries established bilateral diplomatic relations 45 years ago, stressing that Germany will remain side by side with Vietnam in its reform and modernization.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier extended his wish for prosperity and a future of peace to the Vietnamese people on the occasion./.

President Ho Chi Minh remembered in France, Singapore

The Vietnamese Embassy in France and the administration of Montreau city laid flowers at President Ho Chi Minh’s bust in Park Montreau on September 1 on the occasion of Vietnam’s 76th National Day and the late President’s 52nd death anniversary (September 2).

Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang thanked the municipal authorities for helping organise the ceremony and appreciated the city’s contributions to the development of the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and France.

Montreau Deputy Mayor Florian Vigneron affirmed that President Ho Chi Minh is not only a friend of the French people, but also a particularly important figure for the French Communist Party. He stressed the close friendship between Montreau and Vietnamese localities, and sympathised with the Vietnamese people about the difficulties in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On September 2, the Vietnamese Embassy and representative offices in Singapore laid flowers at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in the Asian Civilisations Museum’s premises./.

Vietnamese delegation to UN celebrates National Day

The Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the United Nations on September 1 held an online ceremony to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the National Day (September 2).

Vietnamese expats living, working and studying in New York, along with officials and employees of Vietnamese representative agencies in New York joined the activity.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the delegation, emphasised the great significance of the day and the achievements Vietnam has achieved in the cause of Doi Moi.

The diplomat called on Vietnamese living all over the world to continue helping the people in the country to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and spoke highly of the contributions by the overseas Vietnamese community to the work./.

Online book exhibition highlights Vietnam’s glorious history

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A book exhibition is being held virtually by the Hanoi Library on its website thuvienhanoi.org.vn to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2).

Twenty nine items on the display are divided into three main themes – the Party’s revolutionary struggles to gain government, August Revolution and the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and Hanoi on historic August days.

The exhibition gives the readers, particularly the young, an insight into the country’s glorious history, while helping them respect the revolutionary achievements and realise their responsibility of developing the nation.

Besides, the exhibition aims at promoting reading culture in the community./.

Lao newspaper impressed on Vietnam’s development journey

On the 76th anniversary of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (September 2), the PathetLao Daily frontpaged an editorial on Vietnam’s development process.

The editorial highlighted that 76 years ago, Vietnam was a small colonialised country but under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and with the steadfast will and determination, it has become a developing one.

It stressed that Vietnam’s socialist-oriented market economy is developing strongly, with the business and investment environment becoming more and more stable, adding the country’s position and role is increasingly enhanced in the international arena.

The newspaper noted that Vietnam and countries around the world are having to deal with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, under the timely direction of the Party and State and the people’s cooperation and solidarity, Vietnam has achieved many important results in the fight as well as in socio-economic development.

Vietnam has provided medical equipment, supplies and financial support to 51 countries and international organisations to cope with the pandemic, the newspaper noted, highlighting that Vietnam has also received timely support in medical supplies and finance from many countries and international organisations to effectively carry out COVID-19 prevention and control work in the country.

The editorial stressed that Vietnam successfully organised the 13th National Party Congress, and the election of the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels in 2021.

It went on to highlight the close friendship between Vietnam and Laos, saying the two nations are not only closely linked in geography, but also share the history of their peoples fighting side by side and overcoming all difficulties and challenges to regain independence and freedom. The Vietnam-Laos relationship has become a rare model of bilateral relations in the world, the editorial said.

At a recent bilateral meeting with General Secretary and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith on the occasion of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official friendship visit to Laos, the two sides reaffirmed their goal of tightening and developing friendly relations.

The article congratulated Vietnam on the 76th anniversary of National Day and wished for the lasting friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos./.

Flowers offered at Monument of President Ho Chi Minh in Havana on National Day

On September 1, the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP), and the Cuba-Vietnam Friendship Association offered flower at the President Ho Chi Minh statue in Havana to mark the 76th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Cuban National Assembly and President of the Cuba–Vietnam Friendship Association Yolada Ferrer Gómez, Vice President of ICAP Víctor Gaute López, members of local associations and branches, and staff members of the Embassy Vietnam in Cuba attended the ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Le Thanh Tung highlighted the great historical significance of September 2, 1945 for the Vietnamese people, when President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence.

The diplomat emphasised the significance and role of the brotherly friendship between Cuba and Vietnam which has been continuously nurtured and consolidated by generations of leaders of the two countries during the past six decades.

ICAP First Vice President Fernández congratulated the Party, Government and people of Vietnam on their achievements during the country’s national building and independence safeguarding over the past more than seven decades and the unyielding efforts of the Vietnamese people in building a modern, prosperous and beautiful country./.

National Day celebrated in Spain

The Vietnamese Embassy in Spain on September 1 organised a ceremony to mark Vietnam’s 76th National Day (September 2), drawing the participation of all embassy staff, the Vietnamese Honourary Consul in Sevilla, and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Madrid.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Hoang Xuan Hai emphasised the great significance of the National Day, and highlighted the glorious feats of Vietnam during the national building and safeguarding cause over the past 76 years, especially Vietnam’s outstanding achievements in the renewal, international integration and national development process in the past 35 years which help turn Vietnam into a dynamic developing country and raise the country’s position in the international arena.

Hai also reviewed the development of Vietnam-Spain relations since they established their diplomatic ties on May 23, 1977, and set up the strategic partnership towards the future in 2009. The bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation is developing well, with two-way trade hitting 3 billion USD in recent years.

The diplomat committed to further developing the Vietnam-Spain strategic partnership./.

Vietnam’s 76th National Day celebrated in India

The Embassy of Vietnam in India on September 1 held a ceremony to mark the 76th National Day of Vietnam (September 2) in New Delhi.

In his opening speech, Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau spoke highly of efforts and preventive measures by the Government of India in the COVID-19 fight which have helped stabilise the situation in the country.

He expressed his gratitude to the Indian Government for sending 300 oxygen generators and 100 tonnes of liquid oxygen to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam.

2021 marks the fifth year of the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, the ambassador said, adding that the countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties next year.

The trade relations between the two countries have flourished, with trade turnover in the first half of 2021 returning to the level before the pandemic and holding ample room for growth, Chau affirmed.

The diplomat voiced his hope that the upward trend will be maintained to soon reach the target of 15 billion USD set by the two countries’ leaders./.

President Ho Chi Minh bust erected in New Delhi

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President Ho Chi Minh’s bust.

A bust of Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh was erected in New Delhi, India on September 1 on the occasion of the Southeast Asian nation’s 76th National Day (September 2).

This is one of the final stages to prepare for the inauguration of the monument to the late leader in New Delhi – part of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to India slated for the end of 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Attending the ceremony were Secretary of State of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi, representatives from the New Delhi government, ambassadors and chargés d’affaires of ASEAN countries, representatives of the Vietnamese community in India and many organisations and trade unions of the host country.

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau said that the bust is a symbol for the close relationship nurtured by generations of the two countries’ leaders.

The bronze bust is in a 4,700sq.m park, located in the diplomatic corps./.

Party leader pays tribute to President Ho Chi Minh on National Day

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on September 2 offered incense in tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at House 67 inside the Presidential Palace complex on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and the National Day (September 2), and the 52nd death anniversary of the late leader.

House 67, where President Ho Chi Minh breathed his last, still keeps many remembrances associated with his life and career.

Showing profound gratitude to the late President who devoted his whole life to the national liberation, Trong asked Vietnamese people to continue following his ideology, morality and lifestyle, and joining hands in building a stronger and more prosperous Vietnam.

The Party chief also hailed efforts by the relic site staff to introduce his thoughts, morality and lifestyle to visitors.

House 67 is where President Ho Chi Minh lived, worked and passed away. It provides a venue for the Political Bureau’s meetings during the fiercest years of the war in Vietnam./.

HCMC yields more positive assessment for severe patients

Almost all the deaths related to Covid-19 during the passing time were patients having the underlying medical condition. The city’s medical sector has recently recorded more positive signs in treatment of serious patients.

The information was released by Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam at a press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic prevention and control tasks in the city yesterday afternoon.

Deputy Head of the HCMC Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control Pham Duc Hai provides infromation about the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the city at the press conference.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Head of the HCMC Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control Pham Duc Hai informed that the Ministry of Health unveiled 221,313 coronavirus infections in the community and 448 imported ones in Ho Chi Minh City by 6 p.m. on August 31.

The city medical sector is treating 40,979 patients, including 2,522 children under 16 years old, 2,720 severe patients with ventilators and 18 patients being put on EMCO.

According to the latest updated Covid-19 news on August 31, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 2,699 recovered patients went home and 303 deaths related to coronavirus.

Regarding the vaccination process, the city health sector run out of 6,219,536 doses for eligible people by August 31, including 683,077 doses dedicated for the city’s people age 65 and older.

Concerning social welfare, the city sent 1,269,097 gift bags to Thu Duc City and Districts from August 15 to September 1 to support the poor and people with difficult circumstances during social distancing.

The Municipal Department of Information and Communications has uploaded 5,300,521 out of 6,219,536 vaccinated doses to the population database-based Covid-19 vaccination management system, reaching 85.22 percent and will continue to receive and update more information in advance September 15.

Deputy Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said that the health sector will strengthen the sample test strategy issued by the Municipal People’s Committee heading to limit the SARS-CoV-2 infectious cases in the upcoming time.

According to statistics released yesterday afternoon, 70,049 Covid-19 infections have been performing home isolation. The health sector has handed over 110,850 medicine bags to 22 districts and Thu Duc City serving coronavirus infectious patients treatment.

The Ministry of Health is ready for allocating 50,000 doses of anti-viral medicine to the city in two phases.

The city has received 98,220 Remdesivir vials to treat Covid-19 patients with a high risk of severe symptoms.

As for goods and essential stuff supply and distribution, Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Nguyen Phuong said that only 22,124 shippers had been administered vaccine to re-operate in 21 districts and Thu Duc City.

The Department of Public Security detected 30 traffic participants infected with coronavirus via QR Code screening at 43 checking points citywide. By yesterday afternoon, they performed home isolation and were hospitalized.

HCMC covers tuition fees of students for first semester

The exemption of tuition fees is under the jurisdiction of the National Assembly, so the city will use its budget to cover the tuition fees of students.

The HCMC government could possibly use its budget to cover tuition fees for all the students of public schools in the city for the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year, following a proposal by the municipal Department of Education and Training.

Nguyen Van Hieu, director of the department, disclosed the city’s decision in the “Residents ask-the city answers” program on August 30. The department is awaiting the city’s official document on the decision.

The exemption of tuition fees is under the jurisdiction of the National Assembly, so the city will use its budget to cover the tuition fees of students.

As for students of private and international schools, their tuition fees will be negotiated by the schools and parents, Hieu added.

The HCMC Department of Education and Training proposed exempting students from tuition fees in the first half of the 2021-2022 school year at a meeting of the municipal People’s Council on August 24 to reduce the financial burden on parents amid the pandemic.

The department also worked with schools at the beginning of the school year, asking them not to increase tuition fees but many schools have still proposed raising the fees by 5%-10% to cover arising costs to maintain teaching and learning amid the pandemic. Hieu said the tuition fee hike is currently very high.

He noted that 80% of teachers in the city had got the first Covid-19 vaccine shot. The department planned to coordinate with the municipal Department of Health to vaccinate students aged from 12.

For the 2021-2022 school year, HCMC has some 1.71 million students, up 31,000 over the previous school year.

Before HCMC, Danang and Quang Ninh had decided to exempt students from tuition fees for the 2021-2022 school year.

HCMC Education Dept proposes vaccinating students

The HCMC Department of Education and Training has written to the city government proposing vaccinating students aged between 12 and 18 against Covid-19.

Under the proposal, over 642,450 students will get vaccinated before the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year ends so that they can return to in-person classes in the second semester, the local media reported.

Depending on the availability of Covid vaccines, the first and second shots should be given to students, according to the proposal.

As the trajectory of Covid infections in HCMC remains unpredictable, the vaccination is aimed at ensuring the safety of the city’s students, putting them at ease to focus on their studies and to maintain the quality of education.

Besides, students who are facing a shortage of learning equipment at home can complete their school curriculum better by attending classes at school, according to the municipal department.

Ha Noi slashes school tuition by half

Ha Noi authorities will slash tuition by half for primary to high school pupils in the 2021-2022 school year, according to Director of the municipal Department of Education and Training Tran The Cuong.

In case the COVID-19 pandemic remains complicated in the second semester, the city will consider waiving public school tuition, Tran added.

He said the capital city will continue assistance for teachers and pupils affected by the pandemic so that no one is left behind.

Earlier, authorities in Quang Ninh, Da Nang and Binh Duong have announced tuition exemption for the 2021-2022 school year./.

Medical staff at field hospitals in South Sudan give money for Covid-19 patients

In response to the call for people’s uniting in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnamese medical staff at the level-2 field hospital in South Sudan all donated money to support poor severe Covid-19 infected patients who are being treated at the Ho Chi Minh City-based Military Hospital 175.

Speaking at the donation ceremony to support the Covid-19 prevention fund, Colonel Nguyen Ba Hung, Commander of the Vietnamese peacekeeping force in South Sudan, highlighted the country’s precious tradition showing the solidarity of the Vietnamese people in difficult times.

All medical members of the level-2 field hospital in South Sudan contributed VND45 million (US$ 1,972) at the fundraising ceremony. The money will be used to buy 100 gifts for serious Covid-19 patients in the Military Hospital 175.

Mr. Hung said thank-you to all medical staff who donated money to the fundraising ceremony praising the spirit of mutual affection and wished the Vietnam People’s Army forces on duty in South Sudan to strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures and continue to promote them. Developing the country’s good tradition and responding to the Party and State’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, all medical staff in the level-2 field hospital in South Sudan contributed to the fundraising activities.

In August, the hospital established a vaccination steering committee and vaccination zone for the preparation of the program. Health workers who participate in the vaccination drive were receiving training from the World Health Organization and the United Nations and their own experiences from vaccination campaigns in Vietnam.

With the mission of protecting the health of staff and people in the mission, medical staff in the level-2 field hospital in South Sudan have been both providing medical examination and treatment for the peacekeeping forces but also contributed to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the world in general and in South Sudan in particular.

HCMC has new treatment plan for Covid-19 patients to expand green area

The health sector in Ho Chi Minh City has had a new treatment plan for Covid-19 patients as it is promoting testing and screening for people with Covid-19 in the community to expand the green area.

Presently, more patients have been discharged from hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities, and the numbers of serious cases and deaths have been reducing. This has shown the changes in the treatment plan proved effective, said Associate Professor Tang Chi Thuong, Director of the Department of Health in HCMC.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, the screening will help detect infections in time and prevent further spread and the health sector detects about 5,000 Covid-19 patients every day, but the health sector has developed an appropriate treatment plan for people with symptoms of Covid-19 by severity level to avoid hospital transfer and reduce mortality.

Regarding testing for Covid-19 patients, the Ministry of Health has directed Ho Chi Minh City to carry out testing and screening on a large scale to quickly separate infected people from the community. Additionally, the HCMC health sector ought to supplement the treatment plan ensuring adequate oxygen tankers, ventilators, emergency beds, and other necessary medical equipment for Covid-19 treatment facilities.

It is expected that by September 6, when the second round of testing is completed, Ho Chi Minh City will redraw the epidemic map of red zones, orange zones, yellow zones, and green zones.

According to the City Department of Health, within seven days of widespread testing throughout the city with a focus on high-risk and very high-risk areas, more Covid-19 patients have been discovered in the community day by day. Of approximately 1,677,154 people in red zones and orange zones citywide have undergone rapid antigen tests, some 64,299 people turned out to be positive for SARS-CoV-2 accounting for 3.8 percent of total samples.

Moreover, only on August 27, the city reported 4,551 new Covid-19 cases of 5,357 new cases countrywide accounting for nearly 85 percent.

According to the health sector, Covid-19 positive people in the community have been detected in recent days, mainly in places with high population density, small alleys, and densely populated places because people have not fully complied with 5K principles.

The increase in the number of Covid-19 infected people in the community may make people a bit worried, the health sector vowed to detect all cases of Covid-19 in the community, said Dr. Thuong.

He added the city’s positivity rate of total sampled cases is now around 3.8 percent, still well below the world’s high level of infection with 5 percent.

Doctor Truong Huu Khanh from Children’s Hospital No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City noticed that up to 80 percent of people with Covid-19 in the community have the mild disease which will help the health sector to classify early and have appropriate treatment, avoiding too many people becoming seriously ill and help reduce the mortality rate.

For example, after undergoing testing on August 28, three of the family members of Ms. Ho Thi Thuy in a boarding house in Binh An ward, Thu Duc City were all negative whereas she was positive. She felt happy because her husband and children may catch the virus from her if she did not do Covid-19 test in a timely manner. She was taken to concentrated isolation at Nguyen Hien Primary School in the ward as she has a mild symptom.

As the number of infected cases increases rapidly, treatment demand is higher in recent days, the health sector has reclassified treatment plans including home isolation and treatment, isolation areas in wards and districts and treatment at hospitals for severe cases. Particularly, the city has set up 413 mobile medical stations and 413 groups of military medical doctors in charge of treating and monitoring for 50,000 people with Covid-19 at home.

These 413 mobile medical stations and 413 groups of military medical doctors have provided good care to Covid-19 people who are isolated at home. The station’s doctors will examine, provide medicine packages and give first aid for these patients at home, Dr. Thuong added.

Mobile medical stations are supported by military doctors, the community Covid-19 team, and the quick response team; additionally, these stations are fully equipped with essential drugs, including antiretroviral drug Molnupiravir for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms. Covid-19 patients at home have been told a hotline for advice and support when necessary to help them feel secure”, said Associate Professor Dr. Tang Chi Thuong.

Publishers speeding up delivery of textbook for new school year

have not been able to buy textbooks for their children dung strict social distancing. Publishers such as Fahasa, Phuong Nam Book are speeding up the delivery of textbooks to schools or home delivery according to the online registration of parents.

With the new school year set to start today, middle and high schools in Ho Chi Minh City today are fully prepared to welcome students. During the first week of the school year, students will receive the guidance on online learning. From September 6, teachers will teach new lessons.

The regulations on freight have been expanded gradually; therefore, many parents have not received textbooks for their children. While waiting for the paper textbooks, parents can ask schools for study materials, instructions on how to access and download the electronic textbooks to computers.

In addition, parents can actively access the website of Vietnam Education Publishing House https://hanhtrangso.nxbgd.vn or book publishers of Vietnam Education Publishing House phuongnamretail.vn, xuatbangiadinh.vn, stb.com.vn to download electronic textbooks.

According to the Vietnam Education Publishing House’s statistics, it has released more than 6 million copies of textbooks for grades 2 and 6 which started implementing the General Education Program 2018 from the school year 2021-2022 by mid-August 2021, reaching about 60 percent of the set plan.

Besides, the Department of Education and Training is currently coordinating with Ho Chi Minh City Television Station to launch virtual teaching via television, which is expected to broadcast at fixed time frames from the beginning of September 2021.

Primary students will start the new school year on September 8.

Lam Dong seeks nod for flight resumption to take pregnant residents home

Lam Dong Province has asked for the national transport authority’s approval to operate five flights to bring home over 500 residents including pregnant women and their relatives from the southern provinces, where the latest Covid pandemic is raging.

As the Lien Khuong airport in Lam Dong is under suspension to serve the fight against Covid-19, the provincial government recently sent an urgent dispatch to the Transport Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), proposing they consider granting permission for the flights, which will be operated by local carrier Bamboo Airways.

These expectant women are local residents of Lam Dong but working in HCMC, Can Tho and the neighboring localities. If the request is approved, the Central Highlands province will make arrangements to take 297 pregnant women and 236 of their relatives home, so that the women can give birth in their hometown.

Last night, August 31, the Transport Ministry asked CAAV to take Lam Dong’s request into consideration and directed Bamboo Airways to arrange flights to transport Lam Dong’s pregnant women and their relatives home.

However, the ministry added that the operation of the flights must be agreed upon by the authorities of departure localities, including HCMC and the southern provinces, and the provincial government of Lam Dong as the destination locality. The flights must also comply with social distancing requirements and anti-virus measures.

The flights are expected to be operated on September 4 at the HCMC-based Tan Son Nhat airport, once essential procedures are completed.

JICA aids Hue Central Hospital with Covid-19 treatment

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced today, September 1, that it had launched a project to enhance the Hue Central Hospital’s capabilities to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The eight-month project, starting from August 2021, aims to supply essential medical equipment and provide technical training on the use and management of the medical equipment with a total estimated value of 200 million yen, or some VND42 billion, funded by JICA.

The medical equipment will be installed at Facility No. 2 of the Hue Central Hospital, where Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms are being treated.

The equipment includes ECMO machines, ventilators, monitors, ambulances and low-temperature freezers for vaccine storage.

The project will implement remote training in medical equipment management for the hospital’s equipment management unit.

“Shortly after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Hue Central Hospital promptly established a Covid-19 isolation and treatment center and mobilized all of its equipment to meet the needs of diagnosis and treatment. However, the hospital has always faced a shortage of medical equipment,” said Prof. Dr. Pham Nhu Hiep, director of the hospital.

As such, the project for enhancing the Hue Central Hospital’s capabilities in responding to Covid-19 supported by JICA will have a significant and sustainable impact on improving the quality of medical examination and treatment, particularly for Covid-19 patients, he added.

Strengthening the capacity of the health sector in Central Vietnam to respond to the possible recurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for emerging infectious diseases is an urgent task. As the leading hospital in the central region, the Hue Central Hospital plays an important role in both medical services and training.

With the capacity improvement project for the hospital, JICA expects to contribute to improving the quality of medical services for the central region of Vietnam in response to the pandemic.

Earlier, in March 2021, JICA provided the hospital with various essential medical equipment and supplies.

JICA will actively work with the Government of Japan to continue its support to enhance the quality of medical services in Vietnam.

Danang receives 5,000 Covid-19 antiviral Remdesivir vials

DB Investment and Development Company presented 5,000 vials of the antiviral drug Remdesivir to the central city of Danang at the Danang Hospital this morning, September 1.
A representative of the affiliate of Ecopark Group said the hospital will use the antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 patients.

The representative added the firm expected the antiviral drug to help those under treatment to recover faster.

Addressing the drug handover ceremony, Nguyen Van Quang, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, expressed his gratitude to the donor, saying that it was not easy to ensure sufficient resources and medical equipment to combat the raging pandemic. Therefore, the donation means a lot to the city, Quang added.

The city’s Party chief expected that the company would continue to grow further and make more contributions to the country’s development as well as to the fight against the coronavirus.

According to data of the city’s anti-Covid authority, hospitals in the city are treating more than 2,100 people infected with the widely spreading virus. Of them, 70 are severely ill, 198 others tested negative for the virus once, and 87 others tested negative twice.

HCMC health dept proposes buying more medicine for Covid cases under home isolation

As Covid-19 infections in the community are rising, HCMC needs to buy 200,000 more bags of medication for cases under home isolation, according to the HCMC Department of Health.

The department has written to the municipal government proposing buying additional bags of medication A, comprising paracetamol, antipyretics, multivitamins and vitamin C; and medication B, comprising anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and anticoagulants, for these Covid patients.

Earlier, the department had prepared 150,000 bags of medication A and B and sent 74,000 of them to the healthcare centers of districts so they could allocate them to positive Covid cases under home quarantine.

Apart from medicine bags A and B, the municipal department has also prepared bags of medication C, including Molnupiravir, a Covid-19 antiviral, which helps reduce the viral load, eliminate the virus in mild and moderate Covid-19 patients and reduce hospitalizations and deaths.

HCMC has reported over 221,250 cases in the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April, while the number of infections is expected to continue rising, the local media reported.

The city is seeing over 83,640 Covid patients receiving care and treatment at home.

Hanoi to hold online opening ceremony for new school year

The opening ceremony for the 2021-2022 new school year scheduled for September 5 is expected to be held online and broadcast live on Hanoi Radio and Television.

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Education and Training Pham Van Dai shared on August 20 that the new school year opening ceremony is anticipated to take place as scheduled on September 5 but in virtual form due to the ongoing complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the time frame for the 2021-2022 school year issued by the Hanoi People’s Committee, students of all grades in the capital city will return to school as early as September 1 and the opening ceremony will be held simultaneously at schools across the city on September 5.

Despite the pandemic, the Hanoi Department of Education and Training effectively conducted and fulfilled the enrolment for the first and sixth grades. The online enrolment saw the highest rate ever with 87.4% for Grade 1 and 86% for Grade 6.

At an earlier date, the entrance exam for Grade 10 also took place safely and smoothly amid the outbreaks of the pandemic.

Source: VNA/VNS/VOV/VIR/SGT/SGGP/Nhan Dan

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Private preschool teachers struggle to earn living due to pandemic

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Đào Thị Minh Thúy and her two sons in her rented room in Trung Văn Alley, Hà Nội. —VNA/ Photo Phạm Mai

HÀ NỘI — Thousands of teachers at private kindergarten schools across the country are struggling to earn a living after nearly seven months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Đào Thị Minh Thúy, of Trung Văn Alley, Hà Nội, is a teacher at Tổ Kén Private Kindergarten School. She said she has not received any income since schools closed.

Thúy has already spent all of her savings to cover her daily expenses and bring up her two sons. Now she has to borrow money from her relatives to survive.

“Our lives have become more difficult. My husband, who worked at a local hotel, also lost his job due to the pandemic,” Thúy said.

Thúy said her sons are young, two and four years old, so she has to stay in her rented room to take care of them. She can not get a temporary job to earn a living.

Nguyễn Thị Thu Hồng, a teacher of Ánh Hồng Private Kindergarten School, has also been out of work for over six months. She has just got a job at a hair salon.

“I have to earn living,” she said.

She was very sad after deciding to work at the hair salon, Hồng said.

“I love children and the work of a preschool teacher, but I have no choice,” she said.

Thu Quỳnh, a teacher of TK Bé Yêu Private Kindergarten School, of Hoàng Mai District, said she is now working at a milk shop.

Quỳnh said she tried to wait until her school can re-open, but failed.

“I have to earn money to raise my children, I can’t wait any more,” she added.

She earns about VNĐ7 million (US$309) per month from the job at the milk shop, she said.

The money is not much but it helps cover daily expenses, she said.

“However, from the bottom of my heart, I still want to work as a preschool teacher. I love my job so much,” she said.

Private kindergarten schools have been closed for more than six months in Hà Nội. —VNA/ Photo Phạm Mai

Kindergarten schools dissolved

Trần Thanh Hà, the owner of TK Bé Yêu Private Kindergarten School, said she has had to sell all her equipment and dissolve her school.

Hà said she has run out of money and can not continue paying over VNĐ40 million ($1,770) each month to hire the infrastructure for the school.

“I had to borrow money from the bank to maintain the school over the past months,” she said.

The debt she owes to the bank is in the hundreds of millions of đồng.

“I can’t afford more,” she said.

“There is no way to make money to maintain the school anymore. I cried a lot when I decided to close the school that I established 13 years ago,” she said.

Trần Thị Dâu is the owner of two private kindergarten schools in Biên Hòa City, Đồng Nai Province. She said she has had to find many ways to make money to maintain the schools.

“I run an online shop that sells candies, foods and school supplies to earn money,” she said.

“I have tried hard to maintain the schools, however, if the schools will not be open in the next two months, I will have to dissolve one of them. I can’t bear any more,” she said.

Data from the Ministry of Education shows that 95.2 per cent of private preschool education institutions have had no revenue for at least six months, leading to 81.6 per cent of schools not being able to pay salaries for their teachers.

Minister Nguyễn Kim Sơn said private preschool education institutions are currently responsible for educating 22.3 per cent of preschool-age children.

It is estimated that 90,500 employees are working in private institutions at more than 19,000 facilities across the country. 

However, due to the pandemic, many private preschools have been closed, leading to a lot of teachers moving on to other jobs. This risks leaving 1.2 million children of preschool age with no place to study, he said.

“This is not a small number,” he said.

Solutions

Deputy Minister Nguyễn Thị Minh said the education ministry has worked with the other ministries and sectors to propose solutions to the Government to remove difficulties for teachers and private preschools.

The ministry has already proposed policies that maintain jobs and support managers and teachers at private preschools, she said.

Preferential credit policies should also be issued to private preschools so that they can repair facilities and purchase teaching equipment to resume their operations, she said.

Statistics from the ministry reveal that there are about 11,210 private preschools that need credit support policies to resume operations, she said.

Sơn said the ministry has also proposed a package of VNĐ800 billion (US$35.3 million) to help private preschools recover their operations after the pandemic.

Đỗ Chí Nghĩa, a standing member of the Nation Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Adolescents, said the Government, the education ministry and other ministries have issued policies to support teachers of private preschools.

Hà, the owner of TK Bé Yêu Private Kindergarten School, said, “This is really good news for teachers and private preschool owners.”

Hà hopes that the Government will soon approve these policies so that the support packages can be used to restore school operations and teachers can continue with their vocation. —

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The Ministry of Health registered 14,508 additional coronavirus infections in Vietnam on Wednesday, together with 2,704 recoveries and 196 mortalities.

The latest cases, including two imported and 14,506 domestic transmissions, were detected in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elaborated that 8,081 patients caught the virus in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City logged 1,675 of the latest infections, Can Tho City 989, Soc Trang Province 757, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 756, Tay Ninh Province 729, Binh Duong Province 642, Binh Thuan Province 584, Dong Nai Province 509, Hanoi 467, Khanh Hoa Province 365, Lam Dong Province 222, Hai Phong City 141, Thua Thien-Hue Province 141, Da Nang 99, Quang Nam Province 56, and Quang Ninh Province 23.

Vietnam had confirmed 13,966 locally-acquired infections on Tuesday.

The country has found 1,247,358 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 989,235 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been struck badly with 472,133 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 282,873, Dong Nai Province with 87,755, Long An Province with 38,250, Tay Ninh Province with 29,357, Tien Giang Province with 25,030, An Giang Province with 23,404, Dong Thap Province with 22,634, Can Tho City with 18,715, Binh Thuan Province with 17,399, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 15,833, Khanh Hoa Province with 13,745, Hanoi with 10,947, and Da Nang with 6,121.

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

The health ministry reported 2,704 recovered patients on Wednesday, taking the total to 992,052.

The toll has mounted to 25,448 mortalities after the ministry recorded 196 deaths on the same day, including 68 in Ho Chi Minh City, 20 in Dong Nai Province, 19 in Binh Duong Province, 17 in An Giang Province, and the remaining in 16 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has documented 1,252,590 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.

Health workers have given upwards of 123 million vaccine doses, including 1,348,139 shots on Tuesday, since inoculation was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

Nearly 72 million of the country’s 98 million people have got at least one dose while almost 52 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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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets embassy’s staff in Russia

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representative agencies in Moscow, Russia, on November 30.

The President said that he had just had very successful talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders discussed 20 issues related to cooperation between the two countries, upon which they reached high consensus, he said, adding that the Russian President supported many issues raised by Vietnam.

The two leaders agreed to issue a joint vision statement on the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership until 2030.

While appreciating the preparations for the visit made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies, and especially the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia, the President asked the agencies to perform well the tasks assigned by the Party and the State as well as to nurture the good relationship between the two countries. He also underlined the need to promote bilateral trade and cooperation in the fields of economy, defence, security, science and technology.

He emphasised that Russia is a leading important partner in Vietnam’s foreign policy.

The Vietnamese President noted that staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia to implement the Politburo’s Conclusion No. 12-KL/TW on overseas Vietnamese affairs in the new situation, the task of citizens protection and supporting the lives of overseas Vietnamese to have more practical activities and contribute further to the homeland./.

Dak Lak woman dies after receiving Vero Cell jab

A woman living in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak has died after she was given a Vero Cell vaccine shot against COVID-19, local authorities confirmed on November 30.

The woman, 41, received the second shot of the Vero Cell vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm at a vaccination site in Buon Me Thuot city of Dak Lak on November 29, a representative of the provincial Centre for Disease Control said.  

After being closely monitored at the vaccination site for 30 minutes, she returned home without any abnormal symptoms.

However, one of the woman’s relatives found her ‘in an unconscious state’ early on November 30 and immediately took her to Tay Nguyen General Hospital for emergency treatment.

At the hospital, the woman did not survive and doctors confirmed she had died of unknown causes before hospitalisation.

The victim was said to have suffered from nephrolithiasis or kidney stone.

This is the fifth adult victim of COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam.

Earlier, four employees of a shoemaking company in Thanh Hoa province also died after being given a Vero Cell shot.

Also on November 30, a 12-year-old boy in Binh Phuoc province, southern Vietnam, died following a Pfizer shot. He was the third young victim of COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam.

Another teenager dies after receiving COVID-19 vaccine shot in Vietnam

The southern province of Binh Phuoc has established a team of health experts to examine the cause of the passing of a 12-year-old boy after he was given a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

The boy suffered from abnormal symptoms after receiving the vaccine shot on November 29, confirmed a representative of the Binh Phuoc provincial Department of Health.

He was transferred to a military hospital in Binh Phuoc and then a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for emergency treatment. However, he died on November 30 morning.

Professionals are expected to meet on December 1 to look into the case, said the provincial health official.

Binh Phuoc is carrying out a COVID-19 vaccination campaign for children aged 12 to 15, using the Pfizer vaccine. It aims to inoculate 66,900 people in this age group.

This is the third young victim of COVID-19 vaccinations in Vietnam.

The past week saw two other students die in Hanoi capital and neighbouring Bac Giang province following Pfizer vaccination.

Experts from the Ministry of Health said on November 30 that the two deaths were not related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Both victims suffered from anaphylaxis, an acute and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction after vaccination.

Floods claims four lives in central Vietnam

At least four people have died and tens of thousands of houses have been submerged after heavy rain triggered severe flooding in central Vietnam, said the National Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on November 30.

In Binh Dinh province alone, floods have left three dead and nearly 24,000 houses and hundreds of hectares of rice and subsidiary crops inundated.

Parts of national highways 1, 14H, 19C, 27, 29 and 40 in Binh Dinh, Quang Nam and Phu Yen were deep under water, disrupting traffic.  

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said water levels in major local rivers are expected to rise to or even surpass the third alert level – the highest warning level – in coming hours.

It warned about widespread flooding and flash floods as well landslides in central provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh  Hoa and in the Central Highlands region.

The National Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control requested localities in the central region to evacuate local residents from low-lying areas, to a higher ground and ensure a sufficient supply of essential food for evacuees.

National squad depart for Singapore in quest of defending AFF Cup title

Coach Park Hang-seo and his players of the Vietnam national team left for Singapore on December 1 as they head to compete and defend their championship title at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup 2020.

The Vietnamese team aim to defend their championship title they secured in 2018.
The squad held a warm-up session at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City in the morning before flying to Singapore in the afternoon.

Upon arriving in Singapore, the players will train at the stadium of Hougang United FC, which is located roughly 20 minutes from their accommodation.

On November 29, Park announced a shortlist of 30 players for the national line-up, comprising four goalkeepers, 13 defenders, eight midfielders, and five strikers ahead of the tournament. Notably, striker Do Hung Dung, who has just recovered from an injury, was also called in for the line-up. 

The largest Southeast Asian football tournament is scheduled to be held from December 5 to January 1, 2022, in Singapore with the participation of 10 national teams from regional countries.

AFF cup holders Vietnam play in Group B alongside Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos. They are scheduled to take on Laos on December 6, Malaysia on December 12, Indonesia on December 15 and Cambodia on December 19.

Park and his players have set a target of defending their championship title they secured in 2018.

Vietnamese, French experts share experience in marine pollution control

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A seminar on marine pollution control was held in both in-person and online forms on November 30 by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) and the Embassy of France in Hanoi.

Vietnam currently ranks fourth in the world in marine pollution with nearly 40,000 tonnes of domestic solid waste discharged by 28 coastal provinces and cities each day, DAV Deputy Director Nguyen Hung Son said, adding that meanwhile, the country lacks extensive research studies on marine pollution and assessment of its impacts on security and national defence.

He noted that even though Vietnam has proactively coordinated with international organisations, including the UNDP, on ocean plastic waste, but bilateral cooperation in the field remains modest.

Son said he believes that fighting marine pollution is a suitable content for cooperation between Vietnam and France, which suits the common interests of the two countries and reflects the development of bilateral cooperation in economy, development and regional security, especially in non-traditional security issues.

At the event, participants presented their ideas to bolster mutual understanding and highlight the priorities of the two countries regarding non-conventional security issues in the region so as to seek practical measures to boost cooperation in the coming time.

They called on France to share outcomes of research studies on the East Sea with Vietnam, provide equipment to serve deep-sea research activities and arrange training courses./.

Hoi An to host diverse activities to mark festive period

A wide range of activities are set to be held to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year in the ancient town of Hoi An, with a focus on stimulating tourism demand after a prolonged period of being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nguyen Van Son, chairman of the Hoi An City People’s Committee, revealed that the locality plans to deploy a broad range of activities, including street art performances, documentary screenings, and a trade fair in Tan Thanh fishing village, in order to welcome the Christmas period.

Furthermore, other events will also be held to celebrate the New Year, including the opening of Hoi An Market and the launch of the second Hoi An Heritage Culinary Market, while New Year’s Eve is scheduled to take place from 22:30 p.m. on December 31 to 1 a.m. on January 1, 2022.

Moreover, a programme aimed at welcoming the first group of tourists to the ancient town of Hoi An will begin at 9:00 am on January 1, 2022, at Chua Cau, also known as Japanese Bridge.

Son emphasized that residents and visitors participating in these events will be required to abide by the 5K message set by the Ministry of Health, while international visitors to the central city via charter flights will not be permitted to get involved in these activities.

Local restaurants, hotels, and other business establishment will decorate the old quarter with an array of lanterns as part of the occasion, according to the local authorities.

Other street food and beverage establishments located on Nguyen Phuc Chu road will reopen on the roadside from 4pm to 1am from December 24 to December 31.

Frequency of domestic flights increase from December 1

The Ministry of Transport has allowed increasing the frequency of flights on many domestic routes.

Under a decision signed by Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan on November 30, the numbers of two-way flights on Hanoi – Da Nang, Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City routes will be raised to a maximum of 16 per day from December 1-14.

From December 15, the maximum number of daily two-way flights will be 20 on those three routes, and 9 on other routes.

The decision also mentioned conditions for passengers, such as owning certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19 or recovery from the disease, and testing negative to SARS-CoV-2 using RT-PCR or rapid antigen testing methods.

Besides, all passengers have to make health declarations.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) also announced that it completely agrees with the Health Ministry’s proposal on the suspension of international flights to and from African countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho and Mozambique due to the emergence of Omicron variant there.

The CAAV also agreed to halt the issuance of entry visa to passengers going to or arriving from the above nations.

Flights carrying Vietnamese citizens home under the combo package plan must receive permission from the ministries of foreign affairs, health, transport, national defence and public security./. 

Five Vietnamese airports receive Airport Health Accreditation

Five local international airports have been granted Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) by the Airports Council International (ACI) for maintaining COVID-19 pandemic safety and prevention measures.

The Vietnamese airports to earn AHA include Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Da Nang International Airport, Noi Bai International Airport, Phu Quoc International Airport, and Cam Ranh International Airport.

The AHA is designed to assist airports around the world in proving to passengers, staff, regulators, and governments that they place the health and safety of passengers as their top priority. Indeed, this is done through the establishment of specific safeguard measures as part of the fight against the potential spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to be certified by the ACI, airports are assessed across a number of categories, including cleanliness and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communication, and passenger facilities.

A number of provinces and cities nationwide, including Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang, Nha Trang city in the central coast of Khanh Hoa province, and Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam, recently welcomed back international tourists. In line with this, all visitors from overseas are must come into the country through the COVID-19 vaccine passport pilot scheme.

Vietnamese delegation attends 143rd IPU Assembly, related meetings

A Vietnamese delegation led by Chairman of the National Assembly (NA)’s Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha attended the 143rd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-143) and related meetings in Madrid, Spain, from November 27-30.

Speaking at the plenary debate, the head of the Vietnamese delegation affirmed that Vietnam is fully aware that the building of democracy must be based on the will of the people and the strength of the national great solidarity, in order to build a law-governed socialist state of the people, by the people and for the people.

In the fight against COVID-19, the country follows the policy of combating the pandemic and protecting people’s health while maintaining socio-economic development, carrying out policies that support firms and people to surmount difficulties and ensuring social welfare.

The NA has promptly approved proposals of the Government regarding budget and COVID-19 prevention and control measures, he added.

The Vietnamese head delegate put forward recommendations on bolstering cooperation and mitigating risks triggered by current challenges, such as consolidating peace, security, stability and cooperation at the global, regional and national levels, and strengthening cooperation on digital transformation and information technology application.

He called on countries’ parliaments to step up law building and keep a close watch on policy implementation; support the development of parliamentary diplomacy and enhancement of the role and mission of the IPU; and promote cooperation mechanisms between the IPU, the United Nations, international organisations, and regional parliamentary organisations and members.

Members of the Vietnamese delegations attended and contributed opinions at meetings of the Committees on Peace and International Security, Sustainable Development, Democracy and Human Rights, and UN Affairs; the Forum of Women Parliamentarians; and the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments (ASGP).

On the occasion, Ha discussed Vietnam’s cooperation in the IPU with the President and Secretary General of the IPU, and engaged in meetings with leaders of delegations from Peru, South Sudan, Russia, the UK, Cuba, Cambodia, India and Italy./.

PM chairs first meeting of National Committee on Digital Transformation

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired the first meeting of the National Committee on Digital Transformation via videoconference on November 30.

The PM, who is chairman of the committee, said the debut of the committee is meant to realise the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress regarding digital transformation, in the context of digital transformation becoming a common trend of the world and an objective requirement of national development.

He instructed ministries and agencies to build decrees related to digital transformation, including electronic identification to protect personal data, regulations on the management and operation of the national database on population, among others, to submit to the Government.

Chinh hailed ministries, agencies and localities for their achievements in digital transformation, especially in three pillars of digital Government, digital economy and digital society. At the same time, the PM pointed to outstanding shortcomings in the field, such as a low ranking in terms of e-Government, the incomplete legal environment for e-Government and slow progress of building national and specialised databases.

As Vietnam is one of the fastest countries globally to issue national guidelines and strategies on digital transformation, the country was named the top riser in East Asia and the Pacific in the 2021 rankings compiled by the European Center for Digital Competitiveness during 2018-2020.

Between 2022 and 2025, the committee set the goal of meeting 53 criteria for digital Government, digital economy and digital society./. 

COVID-19: New cases on November 30 top 13,972

Vietnam recorded 13,972 cases of COVID-19 in 61 localities during 24 hours from 4pm November 29 to 4pm November 30, including 6 imported cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ho Chi Minh City continued to record the highest number of infections with 1,497, followed by Can Tho with 981 and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province with 860.

The national tally reached 1,238,082.

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, 5,788 patients nationwide are in serious conditions, with 602 requiring invasive ventilation and 15 on life support (ECMO).

On the day, the country saw 197 deaths from the disease. The death toll now hits 25,252.

A further 14,624 patients were given the all-clear, taking the total number of recoveries to 989,348.

By November 29, the country had injected over 122.08 million doses of vaccines to date, with more than 50.94 million people now fully inoculated./.

Foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam up over 42 percent

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Vietnam welcomed over 15,000 foreign tourists in November, up 42.4 percent from the figure in October, the General Statistics Office announced on November 29.

The rise is attributed to the Government’s decision to allow a pilot programme to welcome back international tourists.

The travelers joined package tours and entered Vietnam via either charter flights or international commercial flights to designated places and tourism facilities such as Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Khanh Hoa, and Quang Nam, among others.

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, in the first 11 months of this year, the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Vietnam was 140,100, down over 96 percent year-on-year.

Of the total, the number of visitors arriving by air accounted for around 69 percent, down 97 percent while those by road accounted for 30 percent, down 9 percent./.

Binh Dinh ready to become 6th destination to welcome int’l visitors

The central province of Binh Dinh is preparing to become the sixth destination for international tourists before January 2022, together with Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ninh.

Lam Hai Giang, Vice Chairman of the Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, said the tourism industry had been seriously affected and the country needed to work hard for recovery. However, the opening of international tourism depended on disease control as well as vaccine coverage.

“The connection among localities and businesses in tourism recovery and development is very necessary. Without this connection, the tourism industry will struggle,” Giang said.

He said that the province planned to welcome guests on package tours because it was not safe to receive individual visitors. The province was considering criteria and conditions for tourists. Binh Dinh would set criteria for arrivals to the province to ensure safety.

“Binh Dinh was supposed to be a new destination, but ‘new is old if we don’t know how to renew ourselves’. The province wants to offer the most comfortable experience for guests. This is why procedures for picking up passengers and traffic hubs must be simple and safe. The province will introduce measures to both ensure pandemic control and create comfort for visitors,” he added.

Ultimately, the success of the programme would depend on the efforts of businesses. Enterprises needed to be ready in terms of facilities, human resources and having new products for customers.

Tran Van Thanh, Director of Binh Dinh’s Department of Tourism, said that the province was developing specific plans.

On average, Binh Dinh welcomes around 200,000 international visitors every year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021, the province only received 77,000 visitors.

“We are continuing to research and focus on the East Asian, Southeast Asian and US markets. To prepare to welcome international guests, Binh Dinh gives priority to safety and flexibly adapting according to the Government’s policy. Accordingly, Binh Dinh has strongly implemented COVID-19 prevention measures.”

In addition, it is necessary to encourage tourism businesses to meet 3-4-5 star standards and prepare conditions to welcome guests.

In 2022, if the COVID-19 pandemic is under control, the province will continue to increase the number of tourists, trying to welcome 80,000 – 100,000 domestic visitors.

In the second half of 2022, the province wishes to welcome international guests. Accordingly, the province could welcome 400,000 domestic tourists and over 100,000 international visitors.

Nguyen Hoang Vu, Chairman of Binh Dinh Tourism Association, said that the 4th wave of COVID-19 lasted for a long time, severely affecting the society and the economy. However, Quy Nhon City had vaccinated 97 per cent of the population and was ready to welcome tourists, ensuring the dual goals of both economic development and pandemic prevention.

“Human resources are also an important factor that Binh Dinh needs to pay attention to in stimulating tourism demand. We are facing a lack of human resources in tourism and need a long-term plan for human resources to serve the upcoming tourism development,” Vu said.

Vu The Binh, Permanent Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said that Binh Dinh has great potential to become the tourist centre of the South Central region. However, the perception of tourism development in localities was not uniform and neither were their policies. Bình outlined two issues. The first was to always ensure COVID-19 prevention and get people vaccinated, while the second was to prevent further outbreaks.

“Businesses will understand the problems. We must believe in them. The decisive issue is that the locality comes up with a specific and feasible solution, and businesses need to implement it seriously on ways to prevent COVID-19,” he added.

Nguyen Manh Quan, Permanent Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, said that domestic tourism would be a focus in the fourth quarter. However, the Government and businesses also needed to consider the restoration of flight routes, spreading the message of green tourism with specific criteria. In terms of stimulating demand, the main goal was to create green products.

“Currently, Vietnam has five localities that are eligible to welcome international visitors. If Binh Dinh could become the 6th tourism destination, the development opportunities for the industry would be better. It needs the Government’s support as well as the efforts of localities and businesses,” Quan said.

He added that Bamboo Airways had operated international flights to Vietnam. Most flights, after a rigorous testing and isolation process, ensured safety, and it was very rare that cases arise. This would be an important condition to enter the opening phase to welcome international guests as well as participate in recovery.

Cao Tri Dung, Chairman of the Da Nang Tourism Association, suggested that Binh Dinh province’s leaders create conditions for businesses to overcome difficulties. Service facilities, destinations, and tourism companies in the province needed to quickly offer unique product packages.

For each stream of visitors, it was necessary to have a different ecosystem for travel companies to easily deploy and exploit their strengths. Travel businesses also needed more distinctive products.

From a business perspective, Bui Hai Huyen, member of the Board of Directors, General Director of FLC Group, proposed to get early approval to recognise Binh Dinh as a green destination as soon as possible, before January 2022.

The province should continue to promote co-operation with neighbouring localities to attract tourists. It also needed to quickly give detailed instructions to service providers, tourists and residents. Finally, the province could promote communication, co-ordinate with FLC Group to make Binh Dinh a new and attractive destination. Travel companies needed to come up with initiatives for Binh Dinh in general and FLC in particular to introduce and promote products to foreign travel agencies.

“To prepare for welcoming international guests, FLC also commits that Bamboo Airways and the group’s ecosystem will comply with the instructions by agencies in welcoming international passengers; continuously upgrade services and strengthen disease control capacity. In addition, FLC has expanded vaccination coverage. Currently, all staff of Quy Nhon and FLC have had two doses of vaccines. We have built a self-contained, safe, full-service tourism programme and submitted it to Binh Dinh Province with the hope of early approval to prepare to welcome international guests,” she added./.

US company supports HCM City’s COVID-19 fight

Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City on November 30 received nearly 5 million N95 medical face masks worth 34.1 billion VND (1.5 million USD) presented by US company RAAS Nutritionals LLC. to support the city’s COVID-19 fight.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Chairwoman of the municipal Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee To Thi Bich Chau hoped that HCM City will continue to receive support from businesses and RAAS Nutritionals in particular in the battle against the pandemic.

Following the ceremony, the face masks were distributed to the HCM City High Command, Department of Health and various hospitals of the city.

To date, the southern hub has received assistance worth more than 2.74 trillion VND worth of medical equipment, supplies and medicines from 210 organisations and individuals at home and abroad to support the fight against COVID-19, Chau added./.

Vietnam Airlines successfully operates first direct flight to US

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A flight coded VN98 of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City landed safely at San Francisco Airport in the US on November 29.

The flight, which took 13 hours and 45 minutes, marked a mile stone in the development history of the Vietnamese aviation industry as well as the Vietnam Airlines.

From November 28, Vietnam Airlines regularly operates two flights per week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco. The airline plans to increase the number to seven flights after the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled and the Vietnamese government allows the reopening of regular international routes.

Vietnam Airlines also considers opening more routes to Los Angeles. All flights between Vietnam and the US will use the most modern wide-body aircraft, such as Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.

On November 4, the national flag carrier officially received a permit from the US Federal Aviation Administration to operate non-stop commercial flight service between the two countries./.

Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Festival slated for December

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The 17th Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Festival will be held from December 4-25. The annual event will take place at a time when the city embarks on the second stage of restoring tourism activities while safely adapting to COVID-19.
 
In particular, the festival will be also open virtually on the event’s website, the portal of the municipal Tourism Department, Shopee e-commerce site and Traveloka online tour agent.

On both 2D and 3D platforms, the festival will draw 100 virtual stalls by prestigious tour agents and tourism sectors of cities and provinces.

New destinations, local signature tourism products and the latest technologies used in the sector will be introduced to the public.

Co-organised by the municipal Tourism Department and the Tourism Association, the 2020 festival attracted over 200 businesses, 59 cities and provinces nationwide./.

Vietnam – Korea Training Cooperation Centre debuts in HCM City

The Vietnam – Korea Training Cooperation Centre (VKTCC), based in Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), officially debuted on November 30.

The centre is a joint effort with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) of the Republic of Korea, with the involvement of the Ho Chi Minh City Centre of Supporting Industries Development (CSID), and Vietnamese and Korean enterprises.

It is expected to become a prestigious training model in Vietnam and provide quality workforce up to RoK standards for firms in and outside the SHTP, contributing to the municipal breakthrough programme on human resource and cultural development for the 2020-2025 period and the national programme on hi-tech development till 2030.

Head of the SHTP management board Nguyen Anh Thi said the centre will train and provide quality workforce in the fields of precision engineering, automation, digital transformation and smart production, thus helping Vietnamese firms participate deeper in the global value chain amid the fourth industrial revolution.

It will also help with the transfer of RoK’s advanced technologies to improve Vietnamese enterprises’ production capacity, and assist domestic enterprises in raising labour productivity and product quality via training courses and programmes evaluating workers’ vocational skills based on RoK standards./. 

Vietnam works closely with WHO, US CDC to deal with Omicron threat

Vietnam is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) in its response to new coronavirus variant Omicron, according to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.

The Ministry of Health on November 30 held a meeting on the threats of the very concerning variant with WHO Representative in Vietnam Kidong Park, CDC Southeast Asia Regional Director John MacArthur, and Director of US CDC Vietnam’s Global Health Security Programme Matthew Moore.

Long said as of November 30 morning, Vietnam has not recorded any case of COVID-19 with the new variant.

The ministry last week asked the government to halt flights to/from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, and Mozambique, as well as suspend the issuance of visas for passengers coming from these countries.

The ministry has also asked to step up surveillance to promptly detect abnormal signs at COVID-19 outbreak clusters, and ordered the Pasteur institutes and the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology to perform genome sequencing on suspect cases with Omicron, especially ones with a history of travel to southern Africa.

The WHO and CDC representatives all stressed the four important steps in dealing with Omicron, including enhancing testing and surveillance to detect the cases, speeding up vaccination, boosting the capacity of the medical system – especially at the grassroots level – to make them able to deal with growing outbreaks, and stepping up communication on COVID-19 prevention and control measures and making public the genetic sequences of COVID-19 cases for further analysis by researchers and experts.

At the meeting, leaders of the Health Ministry together with the representatives of WHO, US CDC in Southeast Asia and US CDC in Vietnam agreed to be ready to share the results of the genetic sequencing of COVID-19 cases.

Long said Vietnam to date had administered 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and progress had been steady recently, especially with the rollout of vaccines for children aged 12-17 in more than 30 localities around the country.

He also urged the public to follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures but not to panic or become overly anxious in the face of the Omicron variant./.

PM outlines three priorities for ASEAN sub-regional cooperation

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended and delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the ASEAN High-Level Forum on Sub-Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth on November 30.

The forum, the first of its kind, provided ASEAN member states and their partners, regional and international organisations, and business community with a chance to discuss opportunities, challenges, potentials and orientations to promoting sub-regional development cooperation.

Speaking at the event, PM Chinh stressed that due to ASEAN’s diversity, the development of sub-regions, which are all in important geographical locations, needs the bloc’s attention.

Together with stepping up regional connectivity, it is important to connect areas and zones and ensure that they catch up with the common development of the region, he said.  

He also called for strengthened solidarity and close cooperation among regional countries, which he said is a prerequisite to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth.

The Vietnamese leader pointed out three priorities that need to be promoted in sub-regional cooperation, including making the people the centre, goal and driver of development, enhancing regional and global coordination to improve capacity for sustainable sub-regional development, and strengthening infrastructure, economic and cultural connectivity to narrow development gap, thus facilitating sub-regional economic development.

Participants at the event suggested accelerating connectivity, promoting global integration and green growth, sustainably using and managing natural resources, responding to disasters and climate change, pushing digital transformation, developing human resources and bolstering tourism.

They underscored the reciprocal complementarity between sub-regions’ development efforts and ASEAN’s connectivity process, thus agreeing on a need to effectively capitalise on cooperation potential of sub-regions to offer more opportunities to enterprises in and outside the region.

Delegates spoke highly of Vietnam’s role and contributions to promoting sub-regional development cooperation for the goal of even and sustainable growth in the region.

Ideas and recommendations at the event will be submitted to ASEAN leaders for consideration./. 

Forum fosters sub-regional development in line with ASEAN community building

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended Vietnam-initiated ASEAN high-level forum on sub-regional cooperation for sustainable development and inclusive growth held in both in-person and virtual forms on November 30.

The event was also joined by Lao PM Phankham Viphavanh and Cambodian Deputy Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn.

ASEAN is home to sub-regions with different growth, strengths, difficulties and advantages, Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of ASEAN SOM Vietnam Nguyen Quoc Dung said, pointing out that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has yet to pay full attention to sub-regional development.

As ASEAN firms have not taken the advantage of seeking business opportunities in sub-regions, Vietnam put forward the organisation of the forum to integrate the development of the sub-regions into ASEAN’s process.

At the forum, participants highly valued Vietnam’s initiative as precise and timely, amid ASEAN’s recovery in the post-pandemic period.

The holding of the forum also underlined ASEAN’s central role at the ‘home ground’, as the organisation is responsible for linking and guiding sub-regions in all fields, therefore ensuring resources, development, peace, stability in the region and the world.

Dung believed that the event is the continuation of Vietnam’s efforts when it assumed the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, with the aim of promoting the development of sub-regions in accordance with the ASEAN community-building process.

This is a suitable approach supported by nations, so that ASEAN can uphold its role in a large area and sub-regions, he affirmed.

Dung stated that through the forum, leaders of countries in sub-regions and ASEAN will reach consensus on policies so as to create mechanisms facilitating businesses.

It also enabled ASEAN nations to learn difficulties facing enterprises in a bid to seek solutions, and helped businesses realise their strengths in the sub-regional development process./.

Valuable archaeological findings in spite of COVID-19 pandemic

Despite facing many difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, archaeological activities still took place across the country with new diverse and valuable discoveries and research results, Nguyen Duc Minh, Vice chairman of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) said on November 30.

He made the remark at a conference reviewing archaeological excavation results co-organised by the Institute of Archaeology under the VASS in coordination with the Department of Culture and Sports of Ninh Binh province.

The VASS Vice Chairman said the conference, held in both in-person and virtual forms, offers a chance for archaeologists and related researchers to exchange information on new discoveries and academic debates, opening up opportunities for cooperation in research, conservation and promotion of value of national cultural heritages.

These findings have contributed to improving understanding of the origin and evolution of humans as well as the cultural layers and socio-political institutions in history, affirming the values of cultures and civilisations of Dai Viet (Great Viet) in association with glorious victories against foreign invaders to defend the independence of the nation.

Outstanding findings announced at this conference include the discovery of relics that demonstrate the evolution of humans and cultural artifacts of prehistoric people in the provinces of Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Son La, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Phu Tho, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Excavations and studies are being conducted at Kinh Thien Palace (Hanoi), Ho Dynasty Citadel (Thanh Hoa) and Yen Tu relic site (Quang Ninh and Bac Giang).

The highlight of the archaeology activities during the past year is the continued excavation of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital relic site in Ninh Binh province with new discoveries that contribute to clarifying the palace architecture and cultural identity of the Dinh – Le dynasties in the national history.

The conference is scheduled to end on December 1./.

Day to be chosen to promote mother language among overseas Vietnamese

Some experts and officials have voiced their support for the date September 8 to be selected as the day in honour of the Vietnamese language in the overseas Vietnamese community.

Speaking at a workshop held in Hanoi on November 30, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu, who is also Chairman of the Foreign Ministry’s State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, said to the 5.3 million Vietnamese living in over 130 countries and territories, the Vietnamese language is a national pride and also a “solid fulcrum” for the country’s culture.

The maintenance and promotion of the language, which is a tool for spreading cultural values of the nation, is an important task holding practical, scientific, and human significance, he noted.

Other participants in the event underlined the necessity for a day in honour of the Vietnamese language so as to enhance the love for and pride in the mother language and encourage expatriates to maintain and bring into play the homeland’s cultural identity.

Dr. Nguyen Thien Nam, former dean of the faculty for Vietnamese studies and language at the University of Social Sciences and Humanity (Vietnam National University, Hanoi), said September 8 should be chosen as the day in honour of the language among overseas Vietnamese.

He explained that this was the day when the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) launched the “Binh dan hoc vu” (mass education) campaign in 1945. On that day in 1962, then President Ho Chi Minh delivered a speech on the Vietnamese language at the third congress of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association.

Echoing the view, an official from the Continuing Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Training supported the date September 8 to be chosen for the purpose. He also recommended organising a competition on books and documents teaching the language for overseas Vietnamese, and developing a language teaching website for the expatriates.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism suggested commending the individuals, organisations, and communities with substantial contributions to popularising the Vietnamese language abroad./.

Nearly 28.2 trillion VND from unemployment insurance fund given to pandemic-hit labourers

More than 12.32 million labourers affected by COVID-19 have received total support of nearly 28.2 trillion VND (1.24 billion USD) from the unemployment insurance fund so far, according to the Vietnam Social Security (VSS).

The result was recorded in two months of implementing the Government’s Resolution 116/NQ-CP and the Prime Minister’s Decision 28/QD-TTg on assisting pandemic-hit labourers and employers from the unemployment insurance fund from October 1 to November 29.

The VSS said that it has agreed to allow nearly 152,900 labourers from 810 facilities in 57 localities across the country to temporarily postpone retirement and survival insurance payment with total amount of over 1.07 trillion VND, while approving a list of 2.7 million workers from 67,700 companies enjoying support policies.

Of the labourers, 1.85 million have had their labour contracts temporarily suspended or taken unpaid leave, and 537,700 stopped working to receive support of 1 million VND each. As many as 1,024 employers have accessed loans to pay for 82,500 labourers who became unemployed due to COVID-19 .

On October 1, the Government issued Decision No. 28/QD-TTg providing regulations on the implementation of support policies for employees and employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, using the unemployment insurance fund.

Accordingly, different levels of allowances from 1.8 million VND (79 USD) to 3.3 million VND (144.8 USD) will be given to each labourer depending on the time they has paid unemployment insurance premiums./.

Vietnam squad for AFF Cup 2020 named

Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo has announced a 30-man squad ahead of the upcoming AFF Cup 2020, according to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).

Most notably, midfielder Do Hung Dung was added to the list after recovering from a serious injury which had caused him to miss the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Vietnam’s 30-man squad for the AFF Cup 2020 consists of four goalkeepers, 13 defenders, eight midfielders, and five forwards.

According to the schedule, the largest Southeast Asian football tournament will be held from December 5 to January 1, 2022, in Singapore.

Vietnam will go into the competition as the defending champions and will play in Group B alongside Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Laos.

Elsewhere, Group A consists of Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and the winner of the play-off match between Timor-Leste and Brunei./.

Vietnam attends 59th meeting of Asian – African Legal Consultative Organisation

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, officials from the ministries of Public Security and Justice, and some researchers and practitioners of international law in Vietnam are attending the 59th meeting of the Asian – African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) via videoconference.

The Vietnamese delegation delivered speeches which highlight international law, respect for the rule of law at the international level, and support for the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

They also shared the country’s experience in handling external relations, as well as its viewpoints on the codification and progressive development of international law, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The AALCO, comprising 47 member states, is an international inter-governmental organisation established in 1956 in the Non-Aligned Movement of Asia and Africa. It aims to promote dialogue, exchange viewpoints, and enhance cooperation in many areas of international law.

Taking place from November 29 to December 1, this year’s event in Hong Kong (China) focuses on such legal issues as activities of the International Law Commission and international law in cyberspace. It is set to elect the AALCO Secretary-General for the 2021 – 2025 tenure.

Vietnam officially became an AALCO member at this organisation’s 56th meeting in Kenya in 2017 after serving as an observer for a period of time./.

Bac Giang city strives to become green urban area

Bac Giang city in the northern province of the same name will mobilise all resources to develop in the direction of green and smart urban area, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Dang Dinh Hoan has said.

To realise the target, the city has set to basically fulfil criteria for the first-tier urban area by 2025 and be recognised as one by 2030.

It aims to raise per capita income of local residents to 8,500-9,000 USD a year and call for more than 100 trillion VND (4.41 trillion USD) in social sources for development.

Bac Giang city will invest in and build two or three green and smart urban areas, two to four three- and five-star hotels, two to three nightlife economy zones and a 100-ha park.

It aims to be among top 10 provincial cities of the country in terms of smart urban area index; and raise the digital economy’s share in the gross regional domestic product to about 30 percent and at least 20 percent in each sector.

The city will work to put power lines underground, build more parks, recreation sites and garbage depots in the city, and invest in a waste-to-energy plant.

It is set to bolster management and supervision over the quality of water in rivers and lakes, as well as the collection and treatment of wastewater at urban areas, industrial parks and clusters. Due attention will be paid to firms’ discharge activities and environmental pollution treatment at craft villages, and safety and order in urban areas.

The application of new technologies in agricultural production will be promoted and a smart urban management centre will be set up to help with management work.

A security camera system will be installed in the city’s central area, key traffic spots and public places. Digitalisation in archive is due to be carried out across all fields, together with e-government applications.

In the coming time, Bac Giang city will mobilise all resources to take the lead in digital transformation, particularly in information technology (IT) and communications to meet demand for the building of the digital government and the city’s socio-economic development.

Priorities will be given to investment in and development of sectors that generate high added value like production of hardware and software, and support services of IT and communication, with an aim to create a smart urban foundation for Bac Giang city.

The city, spanning 66.77 sq.m, has 16 administrative units of communal level. It is the political, economic and cultural hub of Bac Giang province.

Situated on an artery road linking Hanoi with Lang Son, and the Huu Nghi international border gate, the city has a favourable location on an economic corridor running through the four localities of Lang Son, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. 

Bac Giang city has made strides over the years, with an average annual economic growth rate in the 2011-20 period hitting 11.7 percent. Meanwhile, budget collection surged 38 percent against the estimates. Urban planning and management have improved as infrastructure has been upgraded and rural area given a facelift.

Many major constructions and projects have been completed and helped improve urban quality and landscape in the city, notably the Hanoi-Bac Giang and Bac Giang-Lang Son expressways, the Dong Son bridge and the southern urban area, among others.

A number of big investors such as Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have channeled investment into the city. Bac Giang is now home to about 100 cooperatives and more than 4,000 firms, of them 1,670 are newly established ones with registered capital worth 7.54 trillion VND. There are 40 foreign direct investment projects totalling over 236 million USD.

Bac Giang city has to date earned 71.27 out of 100 points to become first-tier urban area./.

Russia, Vietnam strive to further promote partnership: Russian media

Russia’s TASS news agency has run an article highlighting the talks between Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, especially the joint statement adopted by the two leaders.

The statement was issued following the talks between the two Presidents in Moscow on November 30, which outlines the vision on the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries until 2030, the article said.
The statement confirmes the “mutual intent for further promotion of relations of comprehensive strategic partnership” and notes the intent “for further deepening of bilateral relations and escalation of these relations to a new level,” it said.

In a recent article, RIA Novosti news agency stressed the significance and urgency of the Vietnam-Russia cooperation across spheres, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.

It cited the joint statement as reporting that Russia and Vietnam will work to ensure security and freedom of aviation and navigation and unhindered trade in the East Sea.

Rossyiskaya Gazeta newspaper quoted Putin at the talks as saying Vietnam is a strategic partner of Russia.

Other Russian newspapers also covered the talks between the Vietnamese and Russian leaders, and emphasised that Vietnam is a loyal and reliable friend, and a strategic partner of Russia.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s correspondents, Prof. Vladimir Kolotov, Director of the Ho Chi Minh Institute at St. Petersburg University in Russia, said the joint statement is of historical significance.

The document puts forth joint work for the two countries in the time ahead and creates a firm foundation to further the bilateral cooperation.

He spoke highly of the vision of the two countries’ high-ranking leaders on security, safety and freedom of aviation and navigation in the East Sea, respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), and the importance of maintaining a peaceful environment in the East Sea.

Kolotov expressed his belief that the two countries will soon comprehensively and effectively implement the joint statement, helping to elevate their relations to a new height./.

HCM City braced for Omicron variant of COVID: steering committee

HCM City is prepared to cope with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 first detected by South Africa, Phạm Đức Hải, deputy head of the city Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control told a press meeting on November 29.

Without going into details, he said the city had strengthened co-operation between public and private medical establishments and between traditional and western medicine systems, and got military medical personnel to help mobile medical stations treat patients at home.  

It had instructed hospitals to send doctors and nurses to health centres in communes, wards and towns to help treat COVID patients, he said.

People should not be too worried about the new variant, but strictly comply with preventive measures like wearing masks, disinfecting hands regularly, avoiding congregations, and keeping a safe distance to reduce the risk of infection, he said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible than other variants like Delta.

“The number of people testing positive has risen in South Africa, but epidemiological studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors,” WHO says.

Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of the new variant.  

Nguyễn Thị Huỳnh Mai, chief of the city Department of Health Office, said there was no shortage of beds for COVID patients and that her agency was seeking to provide better care including for people being treated at home to reduce mortality.

It has called on the Ministry of Health to provide a booster vaccine shot to people in the city, she said, adding, “We expect to get the Ministry of Health’s instructions on the booster shot soon.”

Relevant agencies are seeking to speed up the second shot, including for most young people aged 12-17, she added.  

WHO has said that vaccines remain critical to reducing severe symptoms and death, including against the dominant variant now, Delta.

The city has treated 14,580 patients as of November 28, including 574 children under 16, 374 severely ill patients requiring ventilators and 14 needing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

The city’s risk designation remains medium.

Districts 1,6,7,8,11, Tân Bình, Bình Chánh, Củ Chi, and Cần Giờ are at low risk, and the remaining 11 districts and Thủ Đức City are at medium risk. 

HCM City: Private healthcare sector to help with home-based care of COVID-19 patients

HCM City’s Department of Health is working to expand the involvement of private healthcare in home-based care of COVID-19 patients in an effort to reduce the burden on public health stations.

Nguyễn Thị Huỳnh Mai, chief of office at the city’s department, said that all private clinics can partake in this pilot programme. The plan will be submitted to the city for approval.

HCM City has 319 fixed medical stations and more than 340 mobile stations that care for COVID-19 patients at home. Staff at the stations come from the city’s hospitals and district-level medical centres, and they can be mobilised for different areas if necessary.

Many health care stations are under strain due to the rising number of COVID-19 patients, and some are asking patients to visit the stations for medicine since they cannot easily deliver them to households.

Private hospitals have been taking part in the city’s fight against the pandemic by admitting COVID-19 patients, and doctors from various private hospitals have also registered for HCM City’s programme to provide free medical check-ups and consultations to locals via mobile phones.

Source: VNA/VNS/VOV/SGGP/SGT/ND/Dtinews

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vietnam-news-headlines-december-1-797504.html

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