A chest X-ray of a pregnant woman infected with COVID-19 shows lung damage. Photo dantri.com.vn HÀ NỘI – Many pregnant women in Hà Nội who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 suffered serious complications after being admitted to hospital, according to Hà Nội Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital. The severe development of the disease caused many women to terminate their pregnancies early. A 38-year-old woman in Hoàng Mai District is one example. She was infected with SARS-CoV-2 while pregnant and had not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. Due to progressive respiratory failure, she had to end her pregnancy in the 30th week. However, a few days after the operation, her condition continued to worsen and she was quickly transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases for further treatment. Doctor Nguyễn Thị Thu Hà, vice director of the Hà Nội Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, which is now treating more than 100 pregnant women with COVID-19, said … [Read more...] about Many unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID-19 have to end pregnancy early
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State Bank of Vietnam setz the daily reference exchange rate for the US dollar at 23,062 VND/USD on January 24 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate for the US dollar at 23,062 VND/USD on January 24, down 15 VND from the last working day of previous week (January 21). With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,754 VND/USD and the floor rate 22,370 VND/USD. The opening-hour rates at commercial banks dropped. At 8:30 am, Vietcombank listed the buying rate at 22,450 VND/USD and the selling rate at 22,760 VND/USD, both down 20 VND from January 21. BIDV also reduced both rates by 20 VND, listing the buying rate at 22,480 VND/USD and the selling rate at 22,760 VND/USD. During the week from January 17-21, the daily reference exchange rate followed an upward trend on the first three days then turned around to drop on the last two days. It … [Read more...] about Reference exchange rate down 15 VND at week’s beginning
A view of Thu Thiem new urban area in HCM City. — Photo vtc.vn Recent property firm scandals have shaken the stock market, blowing tens of trillions of Vietnamese dong and making investors feel the pain of loss when the market was in free fall. The question now is whether investors turn to value investing after the shock? On January 18, the State Securities Commission (SSC) issued a decision to fine FLC chairman Trinh Van Quyet VND1.5 billion (US$65,200) for his ‘underground’ trading. The fine is the biggest applicable to an individual who is a major shareholder of a company for not informing the stock authority three working days before making a sale. Quyet sold nearly 75 million FLC shares on January 10 but the SSC only received the disclosure on the evening of the same day. The watchdog made a quick response with a decision of blocking his accounts the next day and cancelled the transaction, the first time such a large volume was treated so on Viet Nam’s stock market, and … [Read more...] about Will ‘scandals’ in property firms draw investors back to value investing?
Nguyen Thi Huyen intends to cook a pot of braised meat and a pot of bitter gourd soup as her meal for the first three days of Tet , which starts Feb. 1 this year. "I hope eating bitter gourd will end all the bad luck and help me find a job after Tet ," the 36-year-old woman said. Huyen used to work for a plastic-making factory. She has been unemployed for nearly a year now after her company shut down. She couldn't find a new job since she got laid off right when she was pregnant. She said that at that time, her husband still had a job so the family could still manage to stay afloat and she planned to find a job after her son was six months old. But he also lost his job after the fourth Covid wave struck Vietnam last April. When the city re-opened last October, she stayed at home to take care of her baby and her 7-year-old daughter since in-person classes had not resumed. More than a month ago, her husband got a job at a mechanical company in District 5 with a monthly … [Read more...] about No jobs, little money, meager Tet cheer for unemployed workers
Vietnam's healthcare remains too costly for some. Photo: VNA Harsh life for patients P.T.T. is a 55-year-old patient in Hanoi. She usually goes to the hospital for kidney dialysis three times a week. She has no health insurance to share the cost of her dialysis and daily medication and has never thought about a kidney transplant. “I feel sad for myself when I see the prescriptions I cannot afford. People who can afford medicine are often healthier. I feel that my life is too difficult and I am stuck,” said P.T.T. One year ago, she used to clean in restaurants and schools and could earn $217-300 monthly for working day and night, barely enough to pay for rent, groceries, and treatment. However, the pandemic, along with social distancing, have taken all her income away. Restaurants and schools closed for many months, while she still had to go to the hospital three times a week for dialysis. “When people are sick, some start selling their farmland and assets, even borrowing … [Read more...] about Rising inequality threatens to deny access to basic healthcare for some
Export picture enjoys benefits from restart Fresh data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed that in 2021, up to 35 items hit an export turnover of more than $1 billion, accounting for 93.8 per cent of total export turnover. In which, the electronics and garment industries are outstanding examples. Nguyen Van Minh, director of electronics manufacturer Tran Manh Electronics and Trade JSC in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, in early January had online meetings with four partners from Indonesia, South Korea, and China to discuss new export orders. The company has been supplying the partners with laptop spare parts and other electronics items for five years. It is expected that the new orders will be valued at about $15 million and implemented until late September. “In 2021, we earned an export turnover of $20 million, up from $17 billion in the previous year. If our other partners in China hadn’t reduced manufacturing due to COVID-19, we could have raked in … [Read more...] about Export picture enjoys benefits from restart