"We believe the coronavirus fight to be an urgent and vital mission within the first quarter, because it won't end within the first six months, or even the entire year of 2021," Long told an online meeting with local authorities regarding Covid-19 prevention. Vietnam's Covid-19 wave since late January is noted to be more complex than previous ones due to the presence of the U.K. variant that is 70 percent more transmissible than normal strains, meaning more cases are recorded within a shorter time frame, said Long. The new wave also occurred within industrial areas and right around Lunar New Year festival, making the situation even more complex, he added. As a comparison, the coronavirus wave started in central Da Nang City last year recorded only 300 cases from July to August, yet barely a month has passed since the beginning of the current wave and northern Hai Duong Province, this wave's epicenter, has already recorded over 500 cases. The average number of recorded daily cases … [Read more...] about No end to Vietnam’s coronavirus fight within first six months: health ministry
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The Hanoitimes - Among measures, the country's own principles are highly appreciated by the international organization. Dr. Kidong Park, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Vietnam, has pointed out several reasons that have enabled Vietnam to curb the spread of the coronavirus, saying that the measures should learnt by other countries. Vietnam's models against the pandemic should be learned. Photo: Reuters Park said it’s early response to the crisis that has played a critical role in the fight against the pandemic in the Southeast Asian country. “Vietnam responded to this outbreak early and proactively. Its first risk assessment exercise was conducted in early January – soon after cases in China started being reported,” DPA quoted Park as saying. Early response – critical role Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Photo: VGP The country quickly established the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and … [Read more...] about What WHO advises other countries to learn from Vietnam fight against pandemic?
Brian Spence *Brian Spence The spectre of rising inflation haunts the Western world, very much blunting the joy over vaccine rollouts. In contrast, worry is building that Việt Nam is set to experience the opposite for the first time. Fears about deflation stem from the fact that consumer prices have been falling by about 0.2 per cent a month for almost half a year now. Year-over-year inflation didn’t even hit 1 per cent for the first month of 2021 when it had been over 6 per cent in the prior period. Signs of weakened demand, one of the prime causes of deflation, have been obvious. Everyone seems to be noticing how consumers aren’t buying as much as you would expect at present, defying the usual holiday season spending surge. Government figures suggest that growth in retail sales has halved from the pretty steady upticks of more than 20 per cent we’ve been seeing for a decade and more. A damming up of spending is one of the salient features of a deflationary … [Read more...] about We can all do our bit to fight deflation risk
HCM City to relocate water supply sources amid worsening water pollution HCM City authorities plan to gradually relocate its water supply sources further upstream of the Sài Gòn and Đồng Nai rivers as part of its effort to ensure clean water for local use. Experts have warned that the current main source of water has become seriously polluted due to the impact of socio-economic development along the Sài Gòn – Đồng Nai river system. The city currently draws some 94 per cent of the water for treatment at a spot downstream of where the Sài Gòn River meets the Đồng Nai River, at the Hòa Phú pumping station in its Củ Chi District, and at Hóa An in Đồng Nai Province. Under the city’s 2020-30 water supply plan, the city will relocate the Hòa Phú pumping station to a new location, about 20 km from the existing pumping … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS FEBRUARY 8
Nga came online with her silver hair in rollers."My hair is way too long now. I have not made time for a haircut yet," she said, explaining the hair rollers in a video call with VnExpress International from her apartment in Paris, where she lives by herself.At almost 80, Nga gives herself no time to rest. She is busy with indictments, statements, speeches and interviews, especially since last January when her name became a byword for a doughty fighter.On January 25, Nga’s profile shot up among millions interested in the Vietnam War in general and Agent Orange in particular. That day, she officially filed a suit against 14 companies that supplied the U.S. Army with the notorious, toxic defoliant during the Vietnam War. Studies have shown that they knew it was toxic but decided to make it for profit anyway. The case was filed in the southern Paris suburb of Evry.The defendants in Nga’s case are on top of a Who’s Who list in international agriculture, like Monsanto and … [Read more...] about Vietnam War vet uses French niche to claim Agent Orange justice