Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 6): Zalo’s New Tool Helps Covid-19 affected people

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4,009 new locally acquired cases recorded over 12 hours (Photo: VN Express)

4,009 new locally acquired cases recorded over 12 hours

Vietnam has confirmed 4,009 more locally acquired coronavirus cases in 24 cities and provinces across the country during the past 12 hours, reported the Ministry of Health on August 6 morning. Of the total, 823 cases were uncovered in residential areas or through random testing, the MoH said in its 6 am coronavirus update.

Most of the locally acquired infections were detected in southern provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City registering 2,563 cases. It was followed by Binh Duong 322, Long An 286, Tien Giang 253, and Dong Nai 207. In the central region, 77 new cases were reported in Da Nang, 27 in Phu Yen, and 19 in Binh Dinh. Elsewhere, several new cases were documented in northern localities, including two each in Lao Cai and Lang Son, and one each in Hanoi and Hai Duong.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 6): Zalo’s New Tool Helps Covid-19 affected people
Zalo’s new tool helps Covid-19 affected people (Photo: VN Economy)

Zalo’s new tool helps Covid-19 affected people

Social network Zalo on August 3 launched tool Zalo Connect which aims to support its users that are facing difficulties amid complicated developments of the pandemic. Accordingly, Zalo users in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Long An can easily seek emergency support from the community for foods, medicines, and other essential goods, or quickly connect with doctors and medical experts for remote medical advice.

Through the application, individuals and charitable organizations will quickly detect and support those facing difficulties surrounding their residential areas, but still, strictly follow Covid-19 prevention and social distancing regulations. Users should activate the feature to allow strangers to communicate on Zalo to ensure that the relief force can connect with them quickly.

Zalo Connect was completed in five days with the coordination of the national technology center for Covid-19 prevention and control. Users in the four above-mentioned localities can easily access this feature right at the top of Zalo's browser and select "I need help" or "I want to help", depending on their need. Zalo is expected to have more tools that allow donors to update the list of those who have received support, thus properly distributing donations from the community.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 6): Zalo’s New Tool Helps Covid-19 affected people
Vietnam Social Security acts to support workers, businesses amid Covid-19 (Photo: VN Express)

Vietnam Social Security acts to support workers, businesses amid Covid-19

The Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has carried out solutions to provide maximum support to businesses and workers who are facing difficulties due to the pandemic. Applying information technology, simplifying procedures, and reducing dossier processing time are among solutions that are being deployed drastically by the VSS.

It said that IT applications will help limit contact and prevent the spread of the virus in the context of complicated developments of the pandemic and many localities applying social distancing. As a result, the Government's support policies targeting employees and employers who are affected by the pandemic have been implemented in a timely, convenient and simple manner.

The VSS has promoted the provision of online public services to assist people facing difficulties due to the pandemic; workers who have to suspend labor contracts, take unpaid leave or stop working, such as paying wages and handling the reduction of insurance premiums for insurance of occupational accident and disease.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 6): Zalo’s New Tool Helps Covid-19 affected people
Vietnamese Consul General Pham Binh Dam and Jason Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council (Photo: Baoquocte)

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At a meeting with Vietnamese Consul General Pham Binh Dam in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Jason Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, said the resort island of Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang is an ideal place to deploy the travel bubble if the two sides reach an agreement on isolation exemption and specific implementation mechanisms.

With no end in sight to the pandemic, border closures are causing businesses and economies to collapse while failing to keep countries absolutely safe. Dam said the Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong would closely coordinate with the council and relevant agencies of both sides to speed up the travel bubble pilot.

Wong said Vietnam is an increasingly attractive destination for people in Hong Kong. The council will work with the Vietnamese side to promote the tourism markets of both sides in the near future.

Phu Quoc, a famous tourist hotspot in Vietnam, is planning to trial a six-month vaccine passport program starting October, welcoming 40,000 foreign tourists to the island.

As of 6 am on August 6 Vietnam has recorded 185,162 new cases following the resurgence of the virus in late April, and 186,732 cases since the start of the first outbreak in the country in January 2020. More than 58,000 patients have recovered from the disease and have been discharged from the hospital.

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