While more men said they shopped for electronic products online at 57 percent in Q1, this figure decreased compared to the same period last year at 62 percent.
The women, aged between 21 and 30, were transferred to the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.
Two of them showed positive results for the second time while the remaining four tested positive for the coronavirus for the first time and are awaiting their second results, Pham Ngoc Thach, director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, told VnExpress .
These cases have yet to be confirmed by the Health Ministry.
Epidemiological investigation showed the group of women working at Sunny Dong Son bar in Phuc Yen Town of northern Vinh Phuc Province previously came in contact with five Chinese experts of Trung Bac A Minerals JSC.
After entering Vietnam, the Chinese experts were sent to Nhu Nguyet 2 hotel in Yen Bai Town for 14-day centralized quarantine from April 9 to 23. They had their samples taken for coronavirus testing thrice, with all results negative.
After completing their centralized quarantine period, the group was handed to Trung Bac A Company and continued to have their health monitored for 14 days at Bao Yen Hotel in Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai Province under supervision of local medical staff.
Vu Hien Hanh, vice chairwoman of Yen Bai, said the experts had voluntarily left their hotel and visited many localities like Sa Pa Town of Lao Cai Province, Binh Xuyen District of Vinh Phuc Province, Phong Tho and Tan Uyen districts of Lai Chau Province, and Van Chan District of Yen Bai, all in northern Vietnam, from April 23 to 25.
On April 28, they returned to China through Huu Nghi border gate in Lang Son Province. A day later, one of the five experts was confirmed positive for the virus by Chinese authorities.
Vinh Phuc on Saturday ordered the closure of bars, dance clubs, karaokes, massage parlors and entertainment venues.
Those traveling on flight VN7161 that departed Hanoi at 2:20 p.m. to arrive in Da Nang at 3:46 p.m. on April 27, and flight VN160 departing Da Nang at 10:46 a.m and landing in Hanoi at 12:10 p.m. on April 29 need to contact medical centers as soon as possible, the health ministry stated.
After over a month without new community transmission cases, 16 have been confirmed by the health ministry since Thursday in four localities including ten in northern Ha Nam Province, three in Hanoi, two in northern Hung Yen Province, and one in Ho Chi Minh City, all linked to a Ha Nam man who returned from Japan and tested positive two days after completing two-week quarantine.
After more than four years of implementing projects to support ethnic minority women in the mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Son La, what do you see as the biggest barrier in reaching and empowering them?
|Phil Harman, the leader of the GREAT programme on empowering women through economic and tourism development|
Half of the ethnic minority people, especially the H’mong people participating in the project, cannot speak Vietnamese, which makes it difficult for us to implement the project, especially in approaching and working with them.
In addition, we sometimes have to deal with issues related to social norms holding back the development of women in the community such as the fact that many ethnic minority families do not want their children to participate in the tourism industry because of the negative perceptions associated with it.
How have these challenges been addressed?
We have implemented three steps: approach, benefit, and empowerment. Approaching them is probably the easiest step because we only need to involve women in project activities.
The second step is to create benefits, how to help women access resources to participate in production, increase their income, and create jobs for them.
The empowerment step is the most difficult because we have to address issues such as how to increase women’s participation in decision-making or balance workloads between wife and husband in the family, proceeding to improve women’s leadership in activities.
Through the current projects, how do you evaluate the confident and active behaviors of ethnic women?
Ethnic minority women are poor not because they are from ethnic minorities but because they have not had the opportunity to access knowledge to improve their income, develop production and do not have access to input resources such as raw materials and techniques.
We are developing a market map to engage women in the value chain in the production process, focusing on changing existing services for women such as increasing training activities to improve their skills, and at the same time providing support to help them access credit in a better way.
In addition, we work with private firms to address the underlying causes of poverty rather than just the superficial symptoms.
In addition to the tourism sector, project activities also focus on agricultural occupations, including traditional industries that attract more women to participate such as tea cultivation, rice and medicinal plant cultivation, and bamboo shoots. There are also new industries where women have a large participation, such as the planting of ramie.
We are already seeing the sector starting to grow but to take it to the next level, we need increased investment in the sector, mainly to improve processes to grow ramie seedlings but also other support including logistics and training services.
At the same time, we also focus on solving issues such as policies, increasing access to finance, applying digital technology in the ethnic minority community, and improving the startup mindset.
The programme isn’t only designed to enhance people’s capacity, it also trains and integrates gender topics into activities. The gender topics in the project have an impact on changing people’s mindsets in their daily life. For example, people, especially women, were very shy in the meetings or when they contributed ideas about their household’s economic development.
Now, they have become more confident and are more willing to share their ideas or suggestions at the meetings.
The Australian government-funded Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) project supports women to profitably engage in agriculture and tourism in Lao Cai and Son La. Since 2017, more than 8,000 ethnic minority women have enjoyed increased incomes and 834 new jobs have been created for women in the two provinces.
Due to no international games being played due to disruption caused by the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Vietnamese team remain on 1,657 points, making them the sixth strongest side in Asia and 33rd in the world.
Most notably, the Vietnamese footballers have maintained their leading place in Southeast Asia, followed by Thailand who are ranked as the seventh strongest team in Asia and are in 39th place worldwide.
The leading five Asian teams include Australia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea.
At the top of the rankings, the United States lead the way with 2,192 points and hold on to the top position, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and England.
Moving forward, the Vietnamese team plan to meet in late May and early June following the conclusion of the 2021 National Women’s Football Championship.
Looking ahead to the rest of the year, the women’s football team are scheduled to compete in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship, in addition to the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Most notably, the women’s national squad are set to participate in qualification matches for the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup. The tournament will also serve as the first round of matches in the Asian qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Despite these plans, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may cause the national team’s schedule to be adjusted, with coach Mai Duc Chung doing his utmost to prepare the side for future international tournaments.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that the final round of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup will take place in India from January 20 to February 6, 2022. It will serve as the final stage in Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with both sides automatically qualifying as hosts.
Most notably, strong rivals in the form of the DPRK have been disqualified from the tournament after forfeiting qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics without reason, thereby offering the Vietnamese women’s national team a greater chance of making it to the 2023 World Cup.
Three Asian football powerhouses, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, and China, will take the continent’s first three slots.
The two remaining places will be filled by either Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, or Jordan.
The target of the Vietnamese women’s football team led by head coach Mai Duc Chung is to defend their championship title at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup, the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and win a ticket to compete in the FIFA World Cup.
The series of training sessions are due to last for one month and will finish ahead of the annual Lunar New Year Festival, known locally as Tet, according to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
Looking ahead to 2021, the women’s football team are about to compete in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship, in addition to the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Most notably, the women’s national squad will participate in qualification matches for the the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup. This tournament will also serve as the first round of matches in the Asian qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
This comes following FIFA announcing on August 1 that the number of teams taking part in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will increase from 24 to 32.
In line with FIFA’s decision, the Women’s World Cup will therefore be expanded from 2023. In the new format, national teams from Asia will compete for 8.5 slots as opposed to the previous five slots as before.
It therefore provides a good chance for the Vietnamese team following two failures in both 2015 and 2019.