Weekly Events ( From March 1st to March 7th)

16/3/2021| 14:21

Following are the highlight events in the week: Hanoi to complete planning of inner city zoning and Red River; Hanoi reopens indoor eateries and cafes; 13 localities with Covid-19 outbreaks first in line for vaccination

1. Hanoi to complete planning of inner city zoning and Red River

The Standing Committee of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee agreed on the policy for all six subdivision planning projects on inner city zoning in the four districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung at a working session held on February 25.

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At the session, the Standing Committee of the City Party Committee also listened to a report on the Red River subdivision planning and commented on major guidelines and orientations on the draft plan.The Red River subdivision planning project is to be implemented on a 40km long section of Red River from Hong Ha Bridge to Me So Bridge, covering an area of ​​about 11,000 hectares that includes 55 wards and communes of 13 districts.

Speaking at the meeting, Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue spoke highly efforts made by the Party Committee of the City People’s Committee and related departments and branches in completing difficult projects.

He suggested the Party Committee of the City People’s Committee, departments and branches continue to complete the remaining work to soon complete planning projects, creating the basis for promoting the potentials and strengths for the city’s socio-economic development.

2. Hanoi reopens indoor eateries and cafes

 Hanoi allows the reopening of indoor eateries and cafes after the capital city underwent 14 days without new coronavirus infections in the community. The Hanoi authorities have allowed the reopening of indoor eateries and cafes from March 2 after two weeks have passed without local transmission of novel coronavirus.Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung speaks at the meeting. 

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However, bars and karaoke lounges, internet and online game stores, street eateries and cafes need to stay shut, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung said at a meeting on March 1 afternoon.

Besides, customers must maintain a 1m safe distance and must obey all the Covid-19 prevention protocols, Dung said, adding that catering businesses must use QR CODE software and strictly comply with the city’s directives.

Regarding religious monuments, the vice chairman assigned the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports and local authorities in districts to check and prepare the pandemic prevention plans when the municipal government decides to reopen in a few days.

Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung also warned local authorities of the pandemic risk when students come back to school.

“The Ministry of Education and Training has also directed universities and colleges to be self-sufficient in terms of time, and online schooling can be still applied. Hanoi has recommended that these educational institutions should let students back to school after March 18 for best control," Dung said.

Vietnam has registered 2,448 cases of novel coronavirus carriers, of them 1,876 recovered and 35 deceased so far.

13 localities with Covid-19 outbreaks first in line for vaccination

A volunteer is injected with Nanocovax, a Vietnamese Covid-19 vaccine, as part of its second phase of human trials, February 2021. Thirteen provinces and cities with Covid-19 outbreaks would be the first to be vaccinated until April, according to an inoculation schedule until 2022 issued by the Health Ministry Saturday.

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hoa Binh, Gia Lai, Binh Duong, Dien Bien and Ha Giang would receive around 117,600 vaccine doses by AstraZeneca, delivered to Vietnam last month. First prioritized are those on the frontline of the coronavirus fight, including medical workers treating Covid-19 patients, officials commandeering the Covid-19 fight, contact tracers, reporters and the army.

Those who have been vaccinated would be monitored through their digital health profiles, and would receive a digital certification proving they have been inoculated.

Future vaccination schedules would be rolled out in accordance with the quantity of batches available, overseen by the health ministry. Besides cities and provinces with outbreaks, densely populated areas with multiple industrial complexes and traffic routes would also be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccination, according to the schedule.

The central government's budget would be used to buy vaccines and relevant equipment like syringes, as well as for transportation and storing. Localities could also use their own budget for the same purposes.

On Saturday, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said the first vaccine shots would be reserved for the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, its counterpart in HCMC and northern Hai Duong Province, currently Vietnam's biggest Covid-19 hotspot.

"There are few vaccine doses, so it's impossible to distribute them to all 63 cities and provinces," he said, adding that besides the aforementioned locations, some other medical facilities treating Covid-19 patients would receive some vaccine shots first too.

The exact number of vaccine doses to be distributed to these locations has yet to be confirmed. Vietnam expects to begin vaccinating prioritized groups starting next Monday with the first batch of 117,600 AstraZeneca vaccine doses.

The country also expects to receive around 150 million vaccine doses by next year to cover 70 percent of its population. The vaccine doses, to be divided into seven batches, would be from British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, global vaccine access mechanism Covax, and domestic sources.