More ships and aircraft carrying aid are due to arrive in Tonga in coming days as the international community responds to calls for urgent assistance from the Pacific island nation following a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. The first flights from Australia and New Zealand landed in Tonga on Thursday with much-needed supplies of water for sanitation and hygiene as well as shelter, communication equipment and power generators. A New Zealand maritime sustainment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa carrying 250,000 litres of water and able to produce 70,000 litres per day through a desalination plant, is expected to arrive in Tonga on Friday. A second Australian aid flight had to turn back on Thursday due to in-flight issues and is now expected today, the Australian High Commission in Tonga said on Facebook. Japan Air Self-Defense Forces's members stand in front of their C-130 Hercules carrying relief supplies to be deployed to Tonga, to help out the country devastated by … [Read more...] about World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short
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Việt Nam has organised more than 800 flights to repatriate nearly 200,000 Vietnamese citizens from more than 60 countries and territories. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is seeking to recognise vaccine passports and certificate from more countries and will work harder to repatriate Vietnamese citizens from overseas for the Tết (Lunar New year) holiday, announced Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng during a press briefing in Hà Nội on Thursday. While Việt Nam has recognised vaccine passports from 79 countries and territories, negotiations are underway to recognise other vaccine passports, especially those in a digital format. “Citizens from these 79 countries who have been vaccinated with two doses will have their quarantine time reduced to three days,” the spokeswoman said at the briefing. Vietnamese vaccine passports have been recognised by 10 partner countries; the US, Japan, the UK, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, Philippines, Palestine and … [Read more...] about Việt Nam to recognise vaccine passport from more countries, repatriate Vietnamese citizens for Tết
Hanoi will not set off fireworks on lunar New Year’s Eve this year in an effort to focus on the ongoing COVID-19 fight and protect local people’s life. No fireworks display in Hanoi capital this lunar New Year's Eve. Mayor Nguyen Ngoc Anh made the announcement at on online meeting on January 19 to review COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the city. The city earlier planned to put on a fireworks display on lunar New Year’s Eve at only one venue, and the event would be broadcast live via social media. During New Year’s Eve more than half a month ago the city also decided to stop letting off fireworks and organizing cultural events, including a countdown party, due to the complex nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Ministry of Health recently recommended that localities not hold fireworks party to ring in the new lunar year as large numbers of COVID-19 cases are recorded daily in localities. In addition, the new variant, Omicron, is spreading rapidly … [Read more...] about Hanoi cancels fireworks display on lunar New Year’s Eve
Northern Vietnam will experience a cold Tet with drizzle, whilst central and southern Vietnam will be sunny and dry. Mau Son Mountain in the winter. — VNA/VNS Photo “From January 25, the northern region will be under the effect of a weakened cold front,” Nguyen Van Huong, director of the Meteorological Forecast at the National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting (NCHMF) told Vietnam News Agency. “The weather will be cold at night and foggy in the morning, but the sun will come out in the afternoon.” Huong added that cold fronts will continue to come down from the North, and that the NCHMF predicted “cold weather before, during and even after Tet (Lunar New Year).” In central parts of Vietnam, there could be some rain in the holidays, whereas the Central Highlands and southern areas will remain dry with sunny weather. Director of the NCHMF Mai Van Khiem said: “Warm weather in central and southern regions, while northern region will experience cold and … [Read more...] about Adverse weather events ‘unlikely’ during Tet holiday
Ten countries have so far endorsed Vietnam’s vaccine passport to facilitate travel between their countries and Vietnam, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said at a press briefing in Hanoi on January 20. The recognition of vaccine passports/certificates will facilitate travel between countries and territories. (Illustrative image by WHO) “Japan, the Unites States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, the Philippines, Palestine and Maldives have recognized Vietnam’s vaccine passport,” spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang told media workers. Vietnam’s vaccine passport form, issued by the Ministry of Health on December 23, 2021, has been introduced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign representative agencies in Vietnam for consideration and recognition. “Vietnamese representative agencies abroad are also making efforts to request partners to recognize Vietnam’s vaccine passport,” she added. Vietnam has so far temporarily recognized vaccine … [Read more...] about Which countries have recognized Vietnam’s vaccine passport?
National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất In the exuberant atmosphere of the new Year of the Tiger 2022, Politburo member and National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ spoke with the local press on parliamentary activities in the first year of the 15th-tenure and its priorities for 2022. The year 2021 saw unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic . What were you most impressed by? The COVID-19 pandemic health crisis has led to economic and social crises for the entire world, including Việt Nam. Thanks to the political determination and the buy-in of the people and business community, we successfully overcame three waves of infections in 2020, achieving great accomplishments, becoming one of the few countries with positive growth. But in 2021, the pandemic turned for the worse, and the fourth wave characterised by the much more contagious Delta variant from late April penetrated deeply into major economic centres, urban areas, industrial … [Read more...] about National Assembly to focus on socio-economic recovery: Top legislator