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
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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?
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’s agro-forestry-aquatic product import-export hits over $82bil Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic product exports and imports were estimated at nearly 82.67 billion USD in the first 11 months of this year, up 24.7 percent annually. Of the figure, around 43.48 billion USD was worth of exports, up 14.2 percent while nearly 39.18 billion USD was from imports, up 39 percent, resulting in a trade surplus of roughly 4.3 billion USD, down 56.5 percent year-on-year. The US was the biggest export market of Vietnam with over 11.9 billion USD, or 27.5 percent of the market share. It was followed by China with around 8.4 billion USD, accounting for 19.2 percent, and Japan with nearly 3 billion USD, or 6.9 percent. Share plunge as Omicron worries local investors Vietnamese shares plunged on Friday as the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant dampened investor sentiment, triggering worries about hits to a nascent economic recovery. The market benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 4