Last month, Duc An, a Hai Phong resident, planned to take his family to the popular resort town Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province as a break after being confined to home for a long time because of the pandemic. Based on instructions from Lao Cai’s health department, those coming from Hai Phong, deemed a ‘green zone’ with low Covid-19 risks, would be exempt from quarantine. His family would only need to furnish a negative Covid-19 certificate. However, when An called the hotline of Lao Cai’s health department, he was informed that if his family moved through Hanoi to reach Lao Cai, they would have to undergo a seven-day quarantine. An decided to cancel his trip. As of mid-October, Lao Cai has classified Hanoi as a green zone, but An is still hesitant and biding his time. He said because of inconsistent travel regulations between localities, he is not sure if he will be isolated upon arriving in Sa Pa and returning to Hai Phong or not. In line with government criteria on vaccine … [Read more...] about Covid-wary localities vary travel rules, hinder tourism revival
Zero covid strategy
HCMC led the daily tally with 1,059 cases, followed by Binh Duong (537) and Dong Nai (517). The country conducted more than 107,000 tests over the past 24 hours. 63 deaths were recorded, with 38 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, 13 in Binh Duong, two each in Dong Nai, Kien Giang, Soc Trang and Dak Lak and one each in Quang Ngai, Bac Lieu, Binh Thuan and Dak Nong. The total coronavirus death toll so far is 21,194, accounting for around 2.4 percent of all infections. 1,340 Covid-19 patients were announced recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 791,844. Of more than 51,000 patients under treatment, 3,413 are severe cases. Over 61.9 million have been vaccinated, with more than 17.8 million receiving two doses. As Vietnam has switched from the zero-Covid strategy to living with it, the country has issued a directive on evaluating the pandemic level in each locality that comprises two criteria: the proportion of people aged 18 and more getting vaccinated, and the number of new … [Read more...] about Vietnam records 3,175 new local Covid cases
People get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Jakarta (VNA) - The Indonesian government is strengthening strategies to prevent the risk of a third wave of COVID-19 by the end of 2021 - when people's travel increases during the Christmas - New Year holiday. Minister of Information and Communications Johnny Plate on October 16 said that six strategies have been implemented based on successful experience in reducing COVID-19 cases in the past time. The first strategy is to strictly control areas when community activities are relaxed. People must stay vigilant in implementing health protocols and limiting movement. The second strategy is to increase inoculation for the elderly, especially those in concentrated areas and centres of economic growth, in order to reduce mortality and hospitalisation if a third wave occurs. Third, the government also encourages the acceleration of vaccination for children so that when the Christmas and New … [Read more...] about Indonesia to deploy six strategies to anticipate COVID-19 wave during year end
Thousands of children returned to school in Sydney on Monday after months of home learning as Australia's largest city, buoyed by rising vaccination rates, eased more COVID-19 restrictions. Masks will no longer be mandatory in offices and more people will be allowed to gather in homes and outdoors after New South Wales state, home to Sydney, reached an 80% double dose inoculation rate for people aged over 16 over the weekend. The latest in a series of planned easing of restrictions marks a shift by Australia's largest cities to living with the virus, a strategy officials have warned will bring a greater number of COVID-19 cases in coming weeks. "This is not over, there is a long journey to go," New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Monday, urging people to strictly follow the remaining health rules. Retail stores, pubs and gyms can allow more vaccinated patrons and nightclubs can reopen for seated drinking, while weddings can have unlimited guests. However, all … [Read more...] about Sydney eases more COVID-19 curbs as vaccinations pass milestone
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - More than 111,000 employees in Ho Chi Minh City have benefited from the Government’s new support package sourced from the unemployment insurance fund , according to the city’s Social Insurance Agency. Specifically, from October 1-15, the agency supported 4,512 units and 111,127 employees, with a total amount of 235 billion VND (10.3 million USD). In addition, over 81.860 units with over 1.76 million employees in the city have their premiums reduced from 1 percent of their wage funds to zero percent, with a total amount of 1.9 trillion VND. On October 1, the Government issued Decision No. 28/QD-TTg providing regulations on the implementation of support policies for employees and employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, using the unemployment insurance fund. About 30 trillion VND (1.31 billion USD) from the fund will be used to support labourers who are covered by unemployment insurance as of September 30, … [Read more...] about HCM City: Over 111,000 employees receive allowances from unemployment insurance fund
Workers sorting and treating waste at a waste treatment plant in Cà Mau City. VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh By Ollie Arci and Ly Ly Cao HÀ NỘI — As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the looming climate crisis has fallen down the agenda, with efforts to stave off future environmental catastrophe waylaid in favour of immediate public concerns. However, as global leaders highlighted at the recent UN General Assembly meeting in New York, humanity is on the edge of an abyss in terms of its heavily damaged ecosystems. Last November, the Vietnamese Government adopted the amended Law on Environmental Protection, which provides a legal framework on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The application of the decree will be followed by a circular on January 1, 2022. Such a framework compels companies to find solutions and take ultimate responsibility for their plastic consumption and production. In Việt Nam, the EPR concept was first introduced in the … [Read more...] about Can EPR turn back the rising tide of waste?