Violating COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations in Ho Chi Minh City is punishable by a fine worth up to VND40 million (US$1,730). Due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic, the municipal People’s Committee issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening to enforce stricter virus prevention and control measures, namely shutting down unofficial markets, limiting public gatherings to three people, and suspending public transport. Hefty fines are to be imposed on violators to make sure these regulations are obeyed. A VND1-3 million ($43-130) fine has been authorized for those who fail to wear face masks in public places. Participating in a gathering of more than three people in public is punishable by a fine worth VND10-20 million ($434-869) for each offender. Failure to comply with authorities’ order to shut down non-essential businesses and unofficial markets is punishable by a VND10-20 million ($434-869) fine. Those who fail to report a … [Read more...] about How are violators of COVID-19 preventive measures penalized in Ho Chi Minh City?
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Stricter anti-pandemic measures proposed for several parts of Hoc Mon Dist The Saigon Times An area in HCMC’s Hoc Mon District is locked down. The district government has proposed imposing social distancing under the prime minister’s Directive 16 in some parts of the district - PHOTO: NLDO HCMC – The authorities of Hoc Mon District in HCMC today, June 24, proposed the municipal government impose stricter social distancing in line with the prime minister’s Directive 16 in part of Ba Diem Commune’s Hau Lan Hamlet and quarters 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 of Hoc Mon Town. At present, the entire city is practicing social distancing under Directive 15, which is less stringent than Directive 16. According to the Hoc Mon District government, the pandemic in the district has turned more complicated. Some areas in the district have reported community-transmitted cases with unknown sources of infection. Therefore, the district suggested imposing social distancing in these areas for 14 … [Read more...] about Stricter anti-pandemic measures proposed for several parts of Hoc Mon Dist
Bắc Giang City has lifted social distancing from Thursday. VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam BẮC GIANG – Bắc Giang City, in the province hit hardest by the ongoing fourth wave of COVID-19, has ended social distancing from 6am on Thursday after more than a month of applying the measures. Lê Ánh Dương, chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said the committee has delegated local authorities in districts and Bắc Giang City to make their own decision on the reopening of commercial and service activities based on the actual situation in each locality. According to the Bắc Giang City’s People’s Committee, the city would continue banning religious activities, festivals or ceremonies and sports tournaments. Public gatherings and religious, belief and worship facilities would also be stopped. Restaurants would begin operating at 50 per cent capacity while street food stalls would not be allowed to operate. Entertainment services such as beauty salons, karaoke venues and gyms would … [Read more...] about Bắc Giang City lifts social distancing measures
The photo entitled ‘Harvesting Waterlilies’ by female photographer Khanh Phan ranked third at the Malta International Photography Award (MIPA) 2021. The award-winning photo features women in non la or conical hats and colorful Ao ba ba (the traditional garment in the southern region) harvesting waterlilies. The photo was snapped in Moc Hoa District, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Long An. Harvesting Waterlilies - This photo was captured at Moc Hoa District, southern province of Long An. “There are many tourists who come to southern Vietnam to experience the feeling of boating along the rivers... and they can see these images,” the organizer stated. Waterlily can be found everywhere in Vietnam, but the flowers proliferate in the Mekong River Delta area. The vivid white and purple flowers are not only ideal for adorning the house, but also a rich source of food for local residents. According to photographer Khanh Phan, the best time to shoot the … [Read more...] about International Photography Award prize given to Vietnam’s waterlily harvest photos
Nuoc mam or fish sauce may have a strong smell but it is indispensable for daily meal of Vietnamese. Some ‘extreme’ dishes of Vietnamese cuisine can take time to get used to, according to Leigh Bancroft- an Australian expat in Hanoi. The girl cannot eat the fish sauce on the very first days in Hanoi. “It is because of it so strong and distinct smell,” she explained. The sweet and sour fish sauce with minced garlic and chili pepper. Photo: Ngoc Tran Similar to her, some other foreigners also feel uncomfortable with the dish at first. “Just like French blue cheese, which is often described as smelly, pungent, funky, or even just “bad”, Tom Colin from New Zealand told The Hanoi Times . “The key here is in the choice of words because while a blue cheese could be any and all of those things, it’s not technically a ‘stinky’ cheese, which is its own, unique category in the cheese world. And also, the Vietnamese nuoc mam . It is unique on the planet.” The fact … [Read more...] about Vietnamese fish sauce: a secret unveiled
Vietnam has administered the Covid-19 vaccines to more than 600 foreign diplomats and staff of the UN bodies in the country. Foreigners in Vietnam will get vaccinated when more Covid-19 vaccines arrive in the country, Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) affirmed today. Pre-vaccination guideline for a foreign diplomat in Hanoi on June 10. Photo: Baoquocte “Foreign citizens will be subject to vaccination when Vietnam receives more Covid-19 vaccines to enable the country to achieve herd immunity,” Hang said at the press conference on June 24. “Vietnam makes no discrimination in inoculation or healthcare between its citizens and foreigners living, studying, and working in the country,” she said at the event. Vietnam has offered vaccination to more than 600 representatives of foreign missions and international organizations in the country. Foreign reporters will get jabs next week. She said vaccinating foreigners is part of … [Read more...] about Vietnam affirms Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners