How Vietnamese in Russia Far East overcome the pandemic

About 1.500 Vietnamese in Vladivostok city (Primorie Province), the capital of Russia Far East have gone through a struggling year as Russia is one of the hardest-hit pandemic countries.
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How Vietnamese in Russia Far East overcome the pandemic
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However, it was the pandemic controlling and preventing activities by the Vietnamese community in Russia in general and in Vladivostok in particular that shows the solidarity, the humanitarian of the community, and contributes to the impression of the Vietnamese in Russian friends.

Vietnamese in Vladivostok work mostly in three fields: market trade, construction, and beauty salon. With about 50 hair, nail, and beauty salons scattered lying around the city, the beauty industry is considered as one of the worse affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is a must in COVID-19 outbreaks. There were even times when beauty services had to close down, posing challenges to Vietnamese shop owners. Though the government then allowed hair salons to reopen, piles of struggles still stay.

As pandemic situations show positive signs in Russia and Primorie in recent months, the number of newly infected cases reduces day by day and stays at a lower level than the number of successfully treated, while the number of vaccine recipients is on the rise (reaching 4 million), services, including the beauty industry, start to have a chance of resuming function.

The latest figures really appease both shop owners and customers of the beauty industry, as the number of positive SARS-COV-2 cases in Russia for the first time falls to lower than 10.000 over the past several months. In particular, Primorie only found 70 new cases on March 9.

How Vietnamese in Russia Far East overcome the pandemic
Photo: VNA

Having lived and worked for 20 years in Russia, Mr. Nguyen Van Dat, owner of the Vanil beauty store chain in Vladivostok, shared: “With nearly 20 employees serving hundreds of customers a day, throughout the time of the recent outbreak, no staff in the chain was infected. We are determined to ensure maximum prevention. As 90% of our customers are local people, at first, some of them refused to wear masks, but we persisted in explaining so that they can understand".

Mr. Nguyen Anh Nam, who has lived in the land of Vladivostok for more than 10 years, shared about the development prospects of beauty services in the post-Covid-19 period: "With today's modern, professional life, besides the affordable price, the beauty services in Vladivostok also need to pay more attention to customer access, service attitude, especially in ensuring security for customers' health, even though the pandemic is progressing in a better way".

In Russia, people like Nam and Dat always have the companionship of the Vietnamese Network in Russia against the Covid-19 pandemic, established by the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia last April to support the Vietnamese in Russia. This is a strong connection model between the representative agency and the community in supporting the Vietnamese community to prevent Covid-19. The network has formed five working groups Vietnamese Embassy staff together with members in the community, medical staff, doctors living in Russia as well as in Vietnam.

For nearly a year, through connecting the Vietnamese in the provinces and cities of Russia, from Moscow, St. In Peterburg, Kazan, to Voronezh or the Far East, the network's activities have had a practical effect in helping the community to overcome the pandemic.

The network has united, brought into play the collective strength, helped many individuals and families with difficulties, and at the same time performed well in people's diplomacy, contributed to the image of Vietnamese people in the hearts of many Russians.

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