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COVID-19 Latest News in Vietnam (July 16): 8 new cases detected

08:10 | 16/07/2020

In the evening of July 15, the Ministry of Health said that there were 8 new COVID-19 cases, all of whom were Russian experts who had arrived in Vietnam on 11 July. The Ministry of Health also planned to welcome back 116 citizens who are at highly risk of COVID-19 infection in Africa in coming 10 days.

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The Ministry of Health is planning to transport 219 Vietnamese citizens from Equatorial Guinea (Photo: Baoquocte)

8 new cases detected

According to the Ministry of Health, eight Russian experts who were infected with coronavirus arrived in Vietnam on July 11 in a group of 69 Russian experts, traveled on IO4405 flight which landed at Tan Son Nhat airport. They were immediately moved to Ba Ria - Vung Tau, isolated at Ward 8, Vung Tau City.

Specialists arranged a separate room for each patient, who were tested for coronavirus on July 13. At the time of entry, no one had symptoms but through tests at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City on July 14, 8 experts were found positive for COVID-19.

Up to now, 8 mentioned Russian experts have been transferred to quarantine and treatment at Ba Ria - Vung Tau General Hospital.

With 8 more new patients (from patient no. 374 to no. 381), Vietnam recorded a total of 381 cases, of which 353 have recovered (accounting for nearly 93%).

covid 19 latest news in vietnam july 16 8 new cases detected
8 Russian experts have been transferred to quarantine and treatment at Ba Ria - Vung Tau General Hospital (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Ministry of Health plans to bring 219 citizens from Equatorial Guinea

The Ministry of Health said it is planning to transport 219 Vietnamese citizens, including workers and managers working in Equatorial Guinea (Africa), of whom 116 are already tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of 116 patients, 2 have recently had severe symptoms, have to use supporting equipment for breathing, and need to be treated in an intensive care unit.

Transporting service representatives said flight registration was complicated and expected to take 10 days for the flight to take off.

These 219 workers and managers work for three Vietnamese companies in Equatorial Guinea are reported to be extremely worried about the situation there, some have even to call for help because many of them have already tested positive for COVID-19.

covid 19 latest news in vietnam july 16 8 new cases detected
Oxford Economics expert: Vietnam recovers from COVID-19 faster than most other regional economies (Photo: Baoquocte)

Oxford Economics expert: Vietnam recovers from COVID-19 faster than most other regional economies

In a report published on July 14, expert Sian Fenner of Oxford Economics said that good control of the Covid-19 epidemic will help Vietnam recover faster than most economies in the region and can reach a 2.3% growth in 2020.

The Oxford Economics report expects that Vietnam's economy in the second half of the year will recover, so the annual growth may reach 2.3%, lower than 7.02% of 2019. By 2021, Vietnam's economy can achieve growth of 8%.

However, the recovery will also be easily affected by developments in the external situation, especially those affecting trade, tourism, and foreign direct investment. Sian Fenner said: “Although quite promising, but we are still cautious about the prospects of growth drivers. In fact, part of the recent retail sector recovery reflects the relaxation of pent-up demand. ”

Foreign direct investment is expected to increase again in the second quarter of 2020 thanks to the potential of labor resources and proximity to China. Therefore, Vietnam is still an attractive destination for foreign investors, especially in the field of manufacturing and manufacturing.

However, current travel restrictions will continue to curb the growth of tourism. The Vietnamese government is trying to boost domestic tourism, but it is also unlikely to compensate for the decline in international tourism. In addition, since exports contribute to 80% of Vietnam's GDP, the economic recovery rate also depends on the recovery of global trade.

A major risk for Vietnam is the second wave of Covid-19 infection and the global risk is once again frozen. In this scenario, Vietnam's growth in 2020 may reach only 1.5% and in 2021 will be 7.8%.

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