Author: Kevin Le

  President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc during his field trip to HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked HCM City to continue to strictly implement the current high level of social distancing measures. During his field trip to the city on Friday he emphasised to city leaders that the first and most important goal at this point is to protect the health and safety of people and to minimise fatalities.  The president said the city needed to strictly implement social distancing measures with each family isolating itself from other families, one village from other…

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  A police officer checks a delivery person in HCM City’s District 3. The city has created a database on delivery workers to ensure travel restrictions are not violated. — Photo thanhnien.vn HCM CITY — To ensure smooth delivery and distribution of essential goods amid the COVID-19 restrictions, the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has created a database of delivery staff that can be easily accessed by inspectors and notified the public about businesses that sell essential products. It has apprised district authorities, the police and others about how to identify various people such as shippers working for delivery services and…

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  Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will contest the women’s 100m heats on Friday. AFP/VNA Photo TOKYO — Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will make her grand entrance at the Tokyo Olympics as coronavirus concerns loom over the start of the athletics programme on Friday. The reigning 100m champion will launch her bid to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times when she headlines competition at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. A new champion will be crowned in the men’s 10,000m, after Britain’s 2012 and 2016 winner Mo Farah failed to qualify, and US great Allyson Felix will figure in…

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  Illustration by Trịnh Lập The country’s fourth wave of the coronavirus has not even lasted three months, yet Việt Nam was struggling to keep the level of cases under control. More than 100,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the country so far, and the curve is on a steep upward trajectory.  Since last week, more than 1,000 patients have recovered each day, but this does not make up for the up to 8,000 confirmed new cases every day. On July 24, the Ministry of Health launched a new network of medical professionals…

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Olympics The Việt Nam team at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Eighteen athletes secured slots to take part in the most prestigious sport event in the world. AFP/VNA Photos Thanh Hà  “If you are not by our side when we lose, don’t cheer when we succeed,” was weightlifter Hoàng Thị Duyên’s elegant response to those abusing her teammates, after their failure to secure medals at the Tokyo Olympics. Duyên’s online riposte received much support after several netizens targeted Vietnamese Olympians online with numerous insults, such as:  “Waste of rice. Waste of money,” “So shamed, so embarrassed!” “2016 Olympics gold…

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  A consumer shops for food at a supermarket in HCM City. Consumer price index  increased by 1.64 per cent in January – July period, the lowest rate since 2016. — VNA/VNS Photo Mỹ Phương HÀ NỘI — The consumer price index (CPI) increased by 1.64 per cent in the January to July period, the lowest rate since 2016, with lower food and electricity prices after Government efforts to stabilise prices and support virus-hit citizens and enterprises in the pandemic, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). In July alone, CPI rose by 0.62 per cent over June…

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  A treatment area in HCM City Intensive Care COVID-19 Hospital based in HCM City Oncology Hospital in Thủ Đức City. — Photo Courtesy of the Ministry of Health HÀ NỘI — Doctors and medical personnel from three central-level hospitals across Việt Nam will help set up three COVID-19 intensive centres with 3,000 beds in HCM City in a bid to reduce the number of deaths amid rising number of seriously ill patients. Health Minister Nguyễn Thanh Long said during a meeting on Thursday that the Hà Nội-based Việt Đức, Bạch Mai and Huế Central hospitals will be assisting local staff in the…

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A worker at the District 3 Medical Station in HCM City helps an elderly woman receive her COVID-19 vaccination. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vũ HCM CITY — HCM City is distributing its fifth batch of vaccines and giving priority to people over 65 years old, and people who have made a great contribution to the nation and the poor. The city has been allocated more than 930,000 doses of three kinds of vaccines including AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer. As many as 100,000 doses will be for people with chronic diseases, 50,000 be for people over the age…

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  HEAD START: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson challenges Tottenham’s Lucas Moura for a header. AFP Photo Paul Kennedy As with just about every activity these days, because of COVID-19, pre-season football is that little bit different. In years gone by, around this time we normally see the likes of Manchester United playing in front of packed stadiums in Asia, Liverpool touring the United States, and even Premier League teams travelling to the other side of the world on a money-spinning and brand awareness tour. But this time around Liverpool are playing in Austria rather than…

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