Young people donate blood at a blood donation venue in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — More than 85,000 units of blood have been collected from donors at the Xuân Hồng (Red Spring) festival over the past 13 years and the organisers are hoping for a surge in donations as this year's festival begins. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 14th Red Spring Festival in Hà Nội on Sunday, head of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), Bạch Quốc Khánh, said the festival has helped ease blood shortages after the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday and contributed to strengthening community awareness about voluntary blood donations. The COVID-19 pandemic broke out again in many provinces and cities before Tết , greatly affecting the blood supply to hospitals. According to Khánh, many blood donation events were postponed or cancelled and t he amount of reserved blood sometimes is only enough for 2-3 days. The NIHBT, many blood … [Read more...] about 14th Red Spring blood donation festival begins in Hà Nội
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The Hanoitimes - If no swift action is taken to handle the outbreaks in the community, it is very likely that the pandemic would spread out. Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung has requested relevant units to apply urgent measures to curb Covid-19 disease from spreading as Hanoi may continue to record new Covid-19 cases in the community in the time ahead. "The Steering Committee for Covid-19 prevention and control from municipal to communal level must strictly comply with the Prime Minister's instructions and the tasks specified in the Hanoi mayor’s telegram," Mr. Dung said. Medical staff takes student’s samples for Covid-19 testing in Xuan Phuong Primary School in Nam Tu Liem district. Photo: Thanh Dat The vice chairman emphasized that if no swift action is taken to handle the outbreaks in the community, it is very likely that the pandemic would spread out. Deputy Director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC) Truong … [Read more...] about Hanoi raises Covid-19 prevention and control alert to highest level
There are many festival across the year in Vietnam, with some main events as above: 1. Tet (Lunar New Year) is the largest, most important festival in Vietnam when many people return home to celebrate the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese lunar calendar with their families. 2. The Hue Festival is a famed biennial international event in the central province of Thua-Thien Hue with a host of alluring artistic and cultural activities provided by performers from Vietnam and many other countries. 3. The Hoi An Lantern Festival is probably one of Vietnam’s most famous and unique festivals. In the ancient city of Hoi An, they turn off the electricity on the 14th day of every lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Then, colorful lanterns are lit to brighten up the city, giving visitors a sense of peace and nostalgia. 4. The Da Lat Flower Festival is a biennial event which honors flowers and horticulture in the namesake capital city of the Central Highlands … [Read more...] about What are the major festivals in Vietnam?
The Hanoitimes - Many businesses are in shortage of workforce after a long-break Tet holiday, as travel remains restricted between different localities. A prolonged Covid-19 in a number of provinces and cities is putting local businesses under serious stress to avoid disruption of operations. A Covid-19 checkpoint at An Duong district, Hai Phong city. Source: Phapluatxahoi.vn The Private Economic Development Research Board (Board IV) revealed the information following its quick survey with 12 business associations from February 19-22. In the survey, the majority of respondents said they forecast the Covid-19 pandemic to stay in long-term and have adjusted their operations to better cope with the situation. However, businesses are facing some common problems, including shortage of workers after a long-break Tet holiday as travel remains restricted between different localities. The Covid-19 pandemic also causes severe impacts on the transportation sector, … [Read more...] about Local businesses face risks of disruption under Covid-19 outbreak
All the five cases in Hai Duong are those who had already been put into centralized quarantine zones before being confirmed infected with the coronavirus. They are being treated at the northern province's field hospitals. The five imported cases are those entering Vietnam through Ha Tien international border gate in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang last Thursday and Friday, and were quarantined upon arrival. Sunday test results confirmed they were postivive for the virus. Vietnam declared 16 patients free of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the number of active cases down to 530. The country has recorded 857 community transmissions in 13 localities since the third wave began on January 28 after a 55-day clean streak. Hai Duong remains the biggest hotspot with 673 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (61) and HCMC (36). Ten of the 13 localities haven’t recorded any new community transmissions in the past 15 days. With the latest cases, the nation’s Covid-19 tally has increased to … [Read more...] about Eight new domestic Covid-19 cases recorded in Hai Duong