Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (April 13): Nearly 23,000 New Cases Recorded
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Covid-19: Nearly 23,000 new cases recorded, recoveries 9 times higher
Vietnam recorded nearly 23,000 new coronavirus infections on April 12, but the number of patients recovering from the virus was nine times higher than the number of new cases. Official data from the Ministry of Health show as many as 22,804 people tested positive in all 63 cities and provinces on April 12, and all of them were locally acquired cases. Of the total, more than 17,000 cases were documented in the community, according to VOV.
Hanoi capital topped localities in infection number, registering 1,942 cases, followed by Phu Tho, Yen, Bai, Dak Lak, Nghe An, and Bac Giang which reported more than 1,000 each. On average, 34,682 cases were recorded daily in Vietnam in the past week, the ministry said.
Notably, April 12 saw more than 202 patients recover from the disease, or nine times higher than the number of new cases. Twenty-eight patients died of the virus and underlying illnesses during the day, including three in Quang Nam, and two each in Bac Kan, Gia Lai, Hanoi, Hai Duong, Hau Giang, and Phu Tho.
Hanoi issues plan to promote cultural, tourism image during SEA Games 31
Hanoi has announced a plan to promote the image of the nation as well as Vietnam’s culture and people of Vietnam and the capital city to international friends during the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31).
Along with activities to popularise the meaning of the SEA Games 31 as well as Vietnam's efforts to host the event and Vietnamese athletes, Hanoi will promote local cultural and tourist sites and increase communication on the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam, Hanoi, and ASEAN countries. Along with traditional media, Hanoi will use social media platforms such as Zalo and Facebook as well as the websites of local departments and districts.
Local residents will also be encouraged to get involved in voluntary activities for the SEA Games 31. Major streets in the city will be adorned with banners promoting the event, while various cultural, art, and sporting activities will be held depending on the Covid-19 situation in the city.
Through these activities, the capital plans to highlight its socio-economic achievements as well as the economic and tourism potential Vietnam and Hanoi hold, while expanding friendships with countries in the region and the world and spreading the image of Hanoi as a “Safe-Friendly-High Quality-Attractive Destination”.
Domestic labor market bouncing back: GSO
The domestic labor market is bouncing back, with 50 million people getting jobs in the first quarter of this year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO). Pham Hoai Nam, head of the Department of Population and Labor Statistics at the GSO, told a press conference in Hanoi on April 12 that although more than 16.9 million people above 15 years old have still been affected by Covid-19, the figure represented a drop of 7.8 million people as compared with the previous quarter, the sharpest decrease since the outset of the pandemic more than 2 years ago.
Private business establishments attracted the most laborers returning to work after Covid-19 (55.4 percent), he said, stressing that the average income of laborers has also increased from the last quarter of 2021. Thanks to the Government’s resolve to speed up socio-economic recovery and development, the unemployment rate was 2.46 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from the previous quarter, Nam noted. However, the official said, the market remained unstable as the workforce rise was mainly seen in the informal sector and the jobless rate still stayed high.
Given this, the GSO suggested concertedly rolling out solutions to improve the business environment, supporting employees and employers, and accelerating the economic recovery and development program. The Government should implement suitable training policies and programs to improve labor force quality and the competitiveness of the national economy, the agency said.
As of 6 pm on April 12, Vietnam has documented nearly 10.3 million infections, ranking 12th out of 227 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the total, more than 8.7 million patients have recovered, and nearly 43,000 patients have died of the virus and underlying illnesses.
As many as 208.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide.
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