By Thanh An – Translated by Anh Quan
Additives in vaccines
All the latest cases were swiftly placed into quarantine upon their entry and are now undergoing treatment at local hospitals.
Following the detection of the latest case, the national infection count has risen to 2,781, including 1,570 local infections and 1,211 imported cases.
Among the overall figure, a total of 2,475 have subsequently been given the all-clear, with the death toll remaining at 35.
Furthermore, 45 of those still receiving treatment have since tested negative for the virus at least once. In addition, there are 40,443 people who are currently in quarantine nationwide, the Ministry noted, adding that 66,366 people have received the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination as of 4 p.m. on April 16.
In response to national COVID-19 prevention and control measures, the southern province of Ben Tre is striving to urgently accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination process for all those involved in frontline anti-pandemic work.
Ben Tre province has been allocated a total of 7,300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the Ministry of Health, with the first vaccination drive set to focus on five priority groups who are working at medical facilities with high risk of infection.
The Central Highlands city of Da Lat is famous for its cool climate, pine-scented air and mountain views. Often referred to as a “city in a forest”, “fog city” or “city of flowers”, it is also home to many old religious buildings.
A redemptorist monastery with a typical French colonial architecture that is one of the ancient religious buildings in Da Lat.
Most of them were built during the French colonial period after the French founded the city as a resort town to get away from the humid, hot climate in the south.
Monasteries with arched windows and balconies with large glass doors are European in design, but are also in harmony with the gentle rhythm of the city.
Some monasteries are still places of prayer, while the rest have been assigned to state units for maintenance and repair or have been changed to become tourist attractions.
The most typical of these is the Redemptorist monastery, which is now being used as a biological museum managed by the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Biological Institute.
The former monastery, built in 1952, is located in the middle of a pine forest on Tung Lam Hill, seven kilometres from Da Lat.
The building was constructed with the typical symmetrical French architecture. At the centre of the building stands a cross with the Latin inscription “Copiosa Apud Eum Redemptio”, often translated as “With Him is plentiful Redemption”.
The monastery is built of solid stone. Each wall and brick is imprinted with time and from the back of the building, you can see a panoramic view of the city.
At the time of its construction, the monastery was only the second stone Catholic building in the country after Phat Diẹm Church in the northern province of Ninh Binh.
It served as a place for Redemptorists, a Catholic congregation of missionaries, to worship and fulfill their missions.
Walking inside the monastery you can see classrooms arranged side by side along the corridors of the building.
The building consists of five floors with 120 rooms. The second floor now serves as the biology museum, which has seven display rooms and six storage rooms. Each room is divided into areas for displays of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and others.
The collection of the museum includes 58 species of animals, including 38 rare species listed in Vietnam’s Red Book.
|The former Redemptorist monastery now serves as a biology museum with seven display rooms of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles, plants and others. VNS Photo Xuan Dang|
Thanks to the beauty of the monastery, it imparts a nostalgic and mysterious feeling. It seems that at any angle or location in the monastery is a wonderful scene for a photo.
“This is my first time visiting this place. I’m very impressed with the architecture. I also took some great photos here with my family. It’s good to see that abandoned monasteries like this are maintained and used as a tourist destination,” Phuong Thanh, 21, a tourist from Nha Trang City, told Việt Nam News.
|The architecture of the monastery impresses visitors. VNS Photo Xuan Dang|
Some old monasteries in Da Lat with significant architectural values have been repaired to change their purpose of use.
An abandoned monastery located between Tran Quang Dieu and Hung Vuong streets is one.
The dirt path leading to the monastery makes it quite a hidden gem. Located in the north of the city and covering more than seven hectares, the chapel and residential quarters of the Franciscan monastery sit on a hill about 7 kilometres from the city centre.
For years, the iconic chapel has been an inspiration for Vietnamese artists and photographers, appearing in countless works of art.
|An abandoned Franciscan monastery is one of the oldest and most valuable religious buildings in Da Lat. Photo Baolamdong.vn|
Le Tu, head of Lam Dong Province’s Association of Architects, said that even though the monastery is not classified as a heritage, architects appreciate it for its historic architectural value.
The monastery complex was designed by French architects Alexandre Leonard and Paul Veysseyre in the late 1930s and early 1940s, marking the onset of Benedictine missionaries from the West making their way to Vietnam.
The architectural style of the chapel has a combination of the West and East with an Eastern-style tiled roof, and windows and main door bearing the typical Western Gothic architecture.
In 1954, the missionaries left the complex in the hands of Franciscan nuns before moving to Hue in the central region to set up the Thien An Monastery.
In the following years, the nuns enlisted the help of Vietnamese architect Pham Khanh Chu to design additional classrooms behind the existing complex, known as the Viet Nu Commercial School, in 1969.
In 1979, the seven-hectare complex was handed over to the government. It was eventually abandoned for several years before becoming the campus for the HCM City University of Architecture in Da Lat.
At one point, nearly 20 families illegally occupied the chapel but were eventually moved out by local authorities.
The complex is now under restoration to become a campus of the HCM City University of Architecture.
The project, co-headed by Huy Hoang Company and the university, started by the end of February.
The former ancient monastery is currently under restoration. VNS Photo Xuan Dang
A representative of HCM City University of Architecture told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that the university has plans to restore the site.
“We see the complex as a meaningful and valuable heritage site. Restoration costs are much more than rebuilding, but we must protect this significant landmark.”
Associate Professor Le Van Thuong, rector of the university, said the chapel area and the dorm for monks will be preserved in their original state. Damaged parts such as doors and the roof will be repaired or replaced but will be consistent with the overall structure.
“We will keep the original architecture and materials of the building as much as possible. Only damaged and deteriorated places will be replaced with new materials. The paint will be the original colours,” Thuong said.
When the work is completed, the chapel will become the university hall, while the dormitory area of the monastery will remain as the residential function. The classroom area will become a lecture hall for students, Thuong said.
Ninh Viet Anh, teacher at HCM City University of Architecture, said that for works with historical architectural significance, conservation must be carefully considered.
With conservation projects such as these, the city can keep its unique architectural features from the French colonial period and continue to be a popular tourist destination.
Hanoi (VNA) – The Lao health ministry on April 16 confirmed a new COVID-19 case who was an illegal entrant, raising the country’s tally to 54.
The 32-year-old Lao man, together with a woman, illegally returned home from Thailand on April 11. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 15.
A total of 32 people who had come into close contact with the man have been sent to quarantine.
Authorities have urged the woman who accompanied the patient to report to local police or health officials for testing and quarantine.
There have been no fatalities recorded in the country so far.
Meanwhile, Thailand reported on April 16 its fifth record daily tally of coronavirus cases this week, as authorities set up thousands of field hospitals to cope with an influx of patients and lined up hotels to provide extra beds for those without symptoms.
The government has set up over 20,000 beds at field hospitals across the country at community centres and gyms.
Hotels and hospitals are also partnering up to set up “hospitels” to treat asymptomatic patients, the health ministry said.
Currently 5,000 beds across 23 hotels had been readied, it said in a statement. About 2,000 beds are occupied and an additional 7,000 more could be added.
Thailand reported 1,582 new coronavirus cases on the day, marking the highest number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic.
Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration decided to suspend all businesses in Phsar Leu market for 14 days from 3pm on April 16 until April 29 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It said all vendors who do business in Phsar Leu market have an obligation to get tested for COVID-19 as health officials began collecting samples on April 16 at the market. In case some vendors miss the testing, they must go to the Prampi Makara stage during working hours, including over the holiday.
All vendors with families must quarantine at home properly accordance to Ministry of Health guidelines.
The decision was made after 13 vendors in the market were confirmed positive for the virus./.
The view was shared by experts at a seminar held on January 20 in the central highlands of Dak Lak aimed at discussing solutions to promote exports via Amazon’s e-commerce platform.
Huynh Ngoc Duong, deputy director of the Dak Lak province Department of Industry and Trade, said that in order to help local enterprises make use of e-commerce websites in the near future, the industry and trade sector must ramp up co-operation schemes with e-commerce channels. This is in addition to establishing a brand identity system on e-commerce platforms.
Since 2020, the Department of Industry and Trade has strived to arrange training courses in an effort to enhance the capacity of firms, helping them to gain greater insights into e-commerce activities, Duong added.
He also revealed that the department has been working alongside both Alibaba and Amazon to provide enterprises with specific instructions regarding participation in the online retail system.
During the seminar, experts also put forth a range of solutions aimed at promoting the export of goods and developing brands. They kept the participating businesses of market trends and necessary requirements to gain entry into the global market through Amazon’s e-commerce platform, as well as outlining issues relating to shipping goods to markets globally.
The newly released report also shares useful information on fresh trends occurring in cross-border e-commerce, the potential and prospects ahead for “Made in Vietnam” products, as well as efforts by Amazon to boost small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’s capacity to overcome this challenging period.
Recent months has seen thousands of domestic sellers, including renowned local brands such as Trung Nguyen coffee, Bitis shoes, domestic manufacturer MDK, and startups like Andre Gift Shop and Mary Craft, strive to expand their business globally through making the most of Amazon as a platform.
While enjoying an increase in profits, local firms have brought about a number of positive effects to the domestic economy by offering additional job opportunities, thereby providing a wide range of options for international customers based in the United States and other stores in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.
Amazon Global Selling recently announced plans to establish a seller centre in Vietnam, along with setting up a new global selling support team based in Hanoi.
Gijae Seong, head of the company’s global selling support team in Vietnam, said as one of the most dynamic emerging countries in Southeast Asia, the country is home to a strong manufacturing base.
“With an extended local support team, we hope to help Vietnamese businesses unleash their potential and promote made-in-Vietnam products through online Amazon stores,” Seong added.
The seller centre is set to be a localised dashboard that will open up easier access and provide a better experience for sellers throughout the selling process. In addition, it will also help to significantly improve overall operational efficiency, the company said.