News in Brief: April 4, 2020

Two new COVID-19 infection cases, including one relating to Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital, were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on April 4 morning, raising the total number of patients nationwide to 239.

News in Brief: April 3, 2020

Unprofitable State-owned projects that are unable to recover must be dissolved, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the ninth working session of the Steering Committee for the settlement of weak projects in the industry and trade sector, held in Hanoi on April 3.

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour has said that it will honour workers who have made practical initiatives and contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hanoi will arrange 100 buses with a capacity of 60 seats each to transport people after their 15-day isolation period from Hanoi to provinces across the country due to the suspension of public transport services.

The Vietnam Post Corporation has coordinated with Vietnam Airlines to reserve a charter flight between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to serve the transport of goods amid the unpredictable developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming the first domestic delivery firm to rent a charter flight to serve courier services.

An exhibition of artworks by 20 Vietnamese leading contemporary artists which was scheduled to take place this April has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition has announced.

The Vietnam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) has launched an online contest to raise public awareness on accident prevention against explosive remnants of war in Vietnam. The contest takes place until May 4 on the VNMAC’s website at http://vnmac.gov.vn/ and winners will be announced on May 15 on the website and its fanpage at https://www.facebook.com/vnmac.gov.vn.

The budget revenue through the customs system in March 2020 is estimated at over VND26 trillion, raising the accumulated three-month collection to VND77 trillion, equal to 22.78% of the estimate and 21.69% of the set target.

A new cold spell is expected to hit the North on the night of April 3, bringing rainy spells to the region in the next few days. From April 4, the northern provinces are forecast to turn cold, with the lowest temperatures at 14-16C.

On April 2, Quang Ninh Province handed over two ambulance cars and one epidemic-prevention vehicle to the provincial health sector. A total of VND9.75 billion was invested in the three cars, including all necessary and modern equipment to facilitate the emergency care of patients.

Exports of several kinds of farm produce to China via Lao Cai Province Border Gate have increased in the first quarter of this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As of the end of Q1, export revenue of watermelons hit over US$8.4 million, a year-on-year surge of 190%; while the figure for mangos stood at US$7.4 million, up 11.5 times compared to the same period last year.

News in Brief: April 2, 2020

The General Statistics Office officially conducted a nationwide survey on business in 2020 since April1. This year's survey will collect information through an online questionnaire.

Vietnam Airlines will continue to maintain cargo flights from Singapore to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and vice versa to ensure the flow of goods and materials between the two countries.

On April 1, Xekaman 1 Power Co., Ltd., under Viet-Laos Power JSC, donated US$30,000 to support the COVID-19 combat efforts of the Lao government and people. The donation was handed to the Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Somdy Duangdy.

News in Brief: April 1, 2020

The Prime Minister has approved a scheme on regulating e-commerce activities for exported and imported goods with the goal of creating a system of information that will facilitate and accelerate the clearance of goods.

News in brief: March 31, 2020

On March 31, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Hanoi received donations from organisations and individuals toward the country's fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. Ten units, religious organisations, agencies, businesses and individuals donated more than VND1.2 billion in cash, along with many exhibits, including food, blankets, sheets, pillows, masks and medical equipment worth over VND1.5 billion. Immediately after the reception, the Committee directly came to Bach Mai Hospital to present 300 epidemic prevention clothes, 500 N95 medical masks, 300 alcohol towels, 21 liters of disinfectant hand sanitizer, 5,000 medical masks, 5,000 rolls of toilet paper, 500 kg of rice, 40 kg of beef, 20 thousand eggs and 5,000 nutrition boxes.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong has agreed to a proposal from the municipal Transport Department on suspending all public bus services in the locality from April 1 to April 15. The move is aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus via buses - a popular means of transport preferred by many students and the elderly in the southern metropolis. According to the department, the city has more than 3,000 buses with over 200 routes.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has committed to intensifying its operation of freight flights, both domestically and internationally, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March 12-31, it have conducted 45 freight flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Cargo flights, using Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350, carry about 20-25 tonnes of goods each way.

News in Brief: March 31, 2020

On Mar 30, Lao Cai authorities presented 1,750 antibacterial masks to reporters and editors of press agencies residing in the province to support them in the fight against COVID-19.

On Mar 30, Da Nang Department of Industry and Trade received and placed four automatic hand sanitisers at the main entrance of four local major markets, namely Con, Han, Dong Da and Hoa Cuong. Manufactured by a group of officials and students of the University of Da Nang - University of Science and Education, the disinfectant hand washing machine has a container of 10 litres of solution, capable of meeting 2,000 handwashes each.