Asia was the first to experience the virus, the first to exit lockdown, and now has new spikes. Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lockdowns and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience new groups of infections, with clusters from nightclubs in Seoul, the Russia-China border, and elsewhere. Although it is early for conclusions, can lessons be learned? 1. Wave, spike or cluster - it's unavoidable Terms such as second wave, spikes or clusters of cases are bandied around, but what do they mean? Medically, a second wave refers to the resurgence of infection in a different part of a population after an initial decrease. The WHO says past pandemics have been characterised by "waves of activity spread over months". In Asia, we have been seeing isolated clusters and regional spikes in infection numbers. and it is hard to predict how they will develop. But for Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College, London, a second … [Read more...] about Coronavirus ‘second wave’: What lessons can we learn from Asia?
Schools that are closed due to weather
Vietnam Economic Forum scheduled for December 5 The event will take place at the International Convention Centre in Hanoi on December 5 to review Vietnam’s economic development in 2020-2021, and policies adopted to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it will give insight into the trend of economic restructuring and changes in production and business models due to pandemic impacts, along with policies that have been rolled out in the world to tackle COVID-19, thus withdrawing lessons for Vietnam in this regard. The organisers launched the official website of the forum, at diendankinhte.quochoi.vn, in Vietnamese and English languages. Reference exchange rate stays stable on Dec. 3 The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,117 VND/USD on December 3, unchanged from the previous day. With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,812 VND/USD and the floor … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 3
There is a high chance that the bilateral trade turnover could surpass the US$100-billion mark for the first time right this year. The shortage of goods due to the disruption of the global supply chains and growing demands from major economies on recovery, especially the US, is offering opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to further penetrate the world’s largest market. Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai. Photos: Hai Yen Counselor of the Vietnam Trade Office in the US Bui Huy Son shared the view at the Vietnam-US Trade Forum 2021 held today [December 7]. “As Vietnam makes up only 3.6% of US total imports, there remains huge potential in economic cooperation for both countries,” Son noted. Sharing the view, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said the US remains one of Vietnam’s key partners in all spheres, noting cooperation in trade and economy between the two is the pillar in the bilateral comprehensive partnership. … [Read more...] about US economic recovery offers opportunities for Vietnam businesses
Vietnam said all development decisions must be nature-based and centered around people to ensure sustainable development in which no one would be left behind. Vietnam, a developing country, has stressed the importance of an all-people approach in coping with a global issue – climate change – and its roadmap to achieve a net-zero target by 2050 it has declared. Overview of the workshop in Hanoi on Dec 7 chaired by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. Photo: Huong Giang/ UNDP The idea has been included in Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s speech at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, the UK, in early November, as part of efforts to promote the engagement of all people in Vietnam in realizing its commitment at the global event, according to Pham Van Tan, Deputy Head of Vietnam’s Climate Negotiation Delegation. It’s interesting that Vietnam has stipulated the role of its people in the common drive, … [Read more...] about People-centered approach: Vietnam’s weapon to realize COP26 commitment
The fourth session of the 10th tenure of People's Council of HCMC opens on December 7. (Photo: SGGP) The meeting will focus on discussing about resolutions of the development of economy, urban areas, culture and society in the 2021-2025 period; public investment plan in 2022; policies supporting tuition fees for students of public high schools and kindergartens in the academic year 2021-2022; regulations of urban architectural management. At the conference, Chairwoman of the HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Le emphasized that deputies need to discuss and reach consensus on important decisions and policies in healthcare, education and training, state budget allocation, seeking measures ensuring social security and orders, encouraging investment and economic development, improving the quality of people's lives. Chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Le speaks at the conference. (Photo: SGGP) Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s … [Read more...] about Theme for 2022: Safe, flexible adaptation to and effective control of Covid-19
In a letter sent to all 63 cities and provinces Monday, the ministry stated the pandemic situation has grown more complex in many countries, especially with the appearance of the mutated strain Omicron, or B.1.1.529 Covid variant, first sequenced in South Africa and designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a top Variant of Concern (VOC). The WHO stated last week the variant had been detected in at least 38 countries and territories. Though it is not yet confirmed if Omicron would cause more severe Covid-19 conditions, it has been said the strain is more transmissible compared to Delta and previous strains as it carries many mutations, said Tran Dac Phu, a senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center under the ministry. Therefore, it is necessary to stay alert because the highly contagious strain could overload the nation's healthcare system, he said. The ministry requested localities to keep strengthening Covid-19 prevention and control measures, … [Read more...] about Omicron risk ‘very high’: Health Ministry