The Ministry of Health (MOH) has asked local authorities to strengthen surveillance to discover Covid-19 cases and any abnormal signs of clusters as a new coronavirus variant called Omicron has emerged. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on November 25, 2021 reported that the coronavirus variant it has named Omicron (B.1.1.529) was discovered in several African countries, such as South Africa and Botswana. The first patient was a 30-year-old man in South Africa. He had fatigue, body aches with a minor headache, and itching, but no sore throat, cough or loss of taste. According to scientists, the Omicron variant has 32 mutations in spike glycoprotein and is the most mutated of the SARS-CoV-2 viruses. It is predicted to spread faster than Delta. Omicron cases have been discovered on several continents. Though epidemiologists think that it’s too late to impose travel restrictions to prevent Omicron from spreading globally, many countries have banned passengers from the … [Read more...] about What will Vietnam do to cope with the Omicron variant?
As a near-poor household, when COVID-19 broke out, the life of Nguyen Van Tue from Cam Son commune in Anh Son district, Nghe An province, became even more difficult. He and his wife, who were self-employed, now don’t have a job. Fortunately, he received support from the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, Nghe An Branch, with a loan of 90 million VND. He used the funds to buy four buffaloes and developed a farming model to create a long-term livelihood. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of jobless workers returning to their hometowns. Nghe An saw the return of nearly 100,000 workers, most of whom are members of poor or near-poor households. From May to September 2021, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, Nghe An Branch, disbursed nearly 800 billion VND to more than 19,000 poor households and other beneficiaries. According to the plan, from now to the end of the year, the Vietnan Bank for Social Policies, Nghe An Branch, will disburse a further 150 billion VND to … [Read more...] about Son La striving to help returnees from pandemic-hit areas