Illustrative image (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The administration of Cambodia 's Phnom Penh capital on the evening of October 14 continued extending administrative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from October 15 to 28. This decision has dimmed the hopes for reopening of non-essential businesses such as bars and massage parlors, even though Phnom Penh is a city with a high rate of vaccination . Business and occupational activities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection such as cinemas, karaoke bars, nightclubs, and other forms of entertainment continue to be suspended for an additional 14 days. However, the number of people meeting in group increase from 15 to 50 people in some cases. Cambodian Ministry of Health spokeswoman Youk Sambath said the country's inter-ministerial committee will work out a strategic plan on safely reopening to boost the national economy. This strategy requires people's participation in the implementation of epidemic prevention … [Read more...] about Regional countries extends preventative measures to combat COVID-19
The cameras are installed to document human contact at the airdrome. Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi has set up a new center of surveillance with 2,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for Covid-19 contact tracing, according to the Director of Noi Bai International Airport, To Tu Ha. The center is aimed at documenting human contact at the airdrome that will help contact tracing of possible infected passengers in the future, Ha said. He added that all entrances of Noi Bai International Airport are equipped with body temperature scanners and controlled by security guards, who will single out passers-by with a body temperature of over 37.5 Celsius degrees. “Those who cross the gates with their masks off or pulled down under their nose will immediately receive a warning from the automatic alarm system,” Ha said about the airport’s latest technology for pandemic prevention. Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi was open to passenger flights from Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Some 2,000 cameras installed at Noi Bai Int’l Airport for contract tracing
At present, China does not have the capacity to declare a military ADIZ over the entire South China Sea. China's possible declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea has made headlines over the past days. On May 31, South China Morning Post cited the Chinese army that Beijing since 2010 has been thinking of establishing an ADIZ in the sea that cover Pratas, and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. It reported that China is choosing a propriate time to declare the plan. Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra, an expert on the South China Sea Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra has made some accessement on the implications of Chinese ADIZ over the sea that is one of the world’s busiest waterways. If China deploys an ADIZ over the South China Sea, what are the geo-political implications for the region? There are no provisions in international law concerning an Air … [Read more...] about What does China’s potential ADIZ over South China Sea imply?
The Avana Retreat in Hoa Binh’s Mai Chau District, famed for is terraced rice fields, saw its occupancy soar to 90 percent in the first two weekends after the province reopened doors to inter-provincial tourists on September 22. All its rooms are fully booked for this weekend, the resort said. The resort’s guests are mainly from Hanoi who usually stay for three days and two nights. Some families have booked longer stays of up to a week though rooms cost VND5 to 20 million ($216.71-866.84) a night. Nestled deep in the lush forests of Panh Hamlet in Mai Chau Town amidst Hmong, Thai and Dao ethnic communities, the resort’s isolation makes it ideal for those wishing to avoid large crowds amid the pandemic. Similarly, a representative of Mai Chau Hideaway Resort said its room occupancy rate in the first week of reopening (September 25-30) reached a ‘moderate’ level, but a week ago all rooms were fully booked. The representative said its occupancy rate on weekends in the coming … [Read more...] about Hoa Binh resorts find favor as Hanoians’ weekend retreats
Construction authorities in the southern Vietnamese province of Soc Trang have proposed the local administration allow the building of an electric crematorium for handling dead bodies of COVID-19 patients. The proposal came amid the increasing coronavirus infections following the throngs of people leaving virus-hit localities for their hometowns in Soc Trang since October 1, when the government began loosening restrictions to reactivate economic activities under 'new normal conditions,' a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) on Thursday. The crematorium will be built at An Vien Thien Duong Cemetery in Chau Thanh District at a cost of some VND14.9 billion (US$656,000) for handling corpses of COVID-19 victims according to the heath sector’s regulations, the proposal said. The crematory, which will be constructed with U.S. technology, will comprise a funeral service hall, a site for reception of dead bodies and delivery of ashes, an incinerator and auxiliary works, and employee rooms, … [Read more...] about Vietnam province’s construction department proposes building crematory for COVID-19 victims
App-based passenger transport firm Grab and its competitor Be restored car transport services in Hanoi on Thursday following a two-month hiatus due to COVID-19. The firms' announcement follows a dispatch issued by the municipal administration on Wednesday that, from 6:00 am on Thursday, loosened COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting buses, taxis, and app-based under-nine-seat vehicles. Responding to the mandate, Grab reopened its GrabCar transport service on Thursday, declaring that it had prepared safety measures, including installing hand sanitizers and mandatory face mask wearing in their vehicles. The firm also assured the public that each of its drivers has received at least one COVID-19 jab and will be tested for the virus every week. Passengers using Grab’s transport services must comply with epidemic safety measures and fulfill medical declarations as mandated by the Ministry of Health. In the current stage of reopening following strict prohibitions on various modes of … [Read more...] about Ride-hailing car services reopen in Hanoi