Vietnam News Today (January 7): Generations of legislators meet to mark 75 years of first NA election

Vietnam News Today (January 7) features headlines including legislators's meeting to mark 75 years of first NA election, Vietnam, US foreign ministers agree to boost ties, Vietnam capital tightens COVID-19 prevention measures, Vietnam Airlines's new rules for foreign passengers.
January 07, 2021 | 09:49
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Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (third from the right, first row), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from the left), and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (first from the right) attend a January 6 gathering

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (third from the right, first row), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from the left), and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (first from the right) attend a January 6 gathering (Photo: VNA)

Generations of legislators meet to mark 75 years of first NA election

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on January 6 hosted a gathering of current and former legislators on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Vietnam’s first NA election (January 6, 1946), according to Vietnam Plus.

Attending the event were Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other leaders.

In her remarks at the event, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan recalled the NA’s 75-year journey, saying following the footsteps of the 13 previous legislatures, the 14th NA has made achievements in various areas, from lawmaking, supervision and making decisions on major issues to parliamentary diplomacy.

She said such significant achievements and the NA’s 75-year glorious history would lay firm and important foundations for the 15th legislature and the next ones to better function, practice their rights and fulfill missions in line with the Constitution and laws.

She called on the NA to further promote reforms and innovation so as to improve its effectiveness and contribute to the accomplishment of goals set in the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress and the successful organisation of the election of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure.

Vietnam, US foreign ministers agree to boost ties

As reported by Vietnam Plus, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reached the agreement during their phone talks on January 6.

Both sides spoke highly of the close cooperation between the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and US Department of State over the past years, contributing to promoting the bilateral comprehensive partnership in a practical manner in various areas.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh talks on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo: VNA)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh talks on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo: VNA)

On the occasion, the two sides discussed the US Trade Representative’s ongoing investigation on Vietnam’s monetary policy and wood materials under Section 301 of the US’s Trade Act 1974.

Minh affirmed that the Vietnamese ministries and agencies will continue actively working with the US partners to deal with issues of US and Vietnam’s concern, thereby maintaining a stable trade towards a harmonious, sustainable and mutually beneficial trade balance.

Pompeo, for his part, affirmed that the US attaches importance to and pledges to maintain a stable relationship with Vietnam. The US supports a strong, independent and prosperous Vietnam with an increasingly important role in the region, he said.

Vietnam capital tightens COVID-19 prevention measures

The authorities of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, have moved to tighten measures to prevent the emergence and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the community, especially when the traditional lunar New Year holiday (Tet) is drawing near.

Under an urgent dispatch signed on January 6, Hanoi mayor Chu Ngoc Anh asked all local administrations to encourage people to strictly observe health recommendations, including wearing face masks and avoiding large gatherings in public places.

People with underlying health issues and elderly people were advised to stay indoors and frequently make health declarations. Those with signs of a cough, a fever, difficulty breathing, or pneumonia, were required to immediately go to a medical facility for prompt instructions.

Wearing face masks is compulsory at hospitals in the city.
Wearing face masks is compulsory at hospitals in the city (Photo: VOV)

The Hanoi leader asked the Municipal Department of Health to closely monitor the epidemic in the locality and stay ready to respond quickly to any emergency case in order to keep the virus at bay in the community.

The city’s police force were directed to actively coordinate with relevant agencies to control entries, promptly prevent and strictly handle illegal entries, as well as violations of COVID-19 prevention and control regulations, VOV reported.

VN confirms one new case of COVID-19

A 26-year-old woman who was repatriated from France became the latest COVID-19 case in Viet Nam, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The woman took flight VN5010 from France to Ho Chi Minh City on December 16 and was quarantined in Binh Duong Province.

She is being treated at the Binh Duong General Hospital.

Overseas Vietnamese repatriating (Photo: VNE)
Overseas Vietnamese repatriating (Photo: VNE)

Earlier, eight passengers onboard the flight VN5010 had been confirmed positive for the virus.

The same day, 14 COVID-19 patients were declared free of the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 1,353.

So far, Viet Nam has reported 35 COVID-19 fatalities, VGP said.

COVID-19 epidemic impacts 32.1 million workers nationwide

Vietnam Airlines asks passengers to fill in compulsory health declaration

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has requested passengers on domestic flights to fill in compulsory health declaration within 24 hours before departure, given rising travel demand during the Lunar New Year festival 2021 and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has requested passengers on domestic flights to fill in compulsory health declaration within 24 hours before departure, given rising travel demand during the Lunar New Year festival 2021 and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers could file in declaration via the website tokhaiyte.vn or the app Vietnam Health Declaration on CH Play on Android or iOS operating systems.

At Tan Son Nhat airport (Photo: VNA)

At Tan Son Nhat airport (Photo: VNA)

The airline staff will check passengers’ QR codes before they board flights.

At Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat, Da Nang, Cam Ranh international airports, Vietnam Airlines also arranged check-in kiosks or staff to offer guidance to passengers, according to Vietnam Plus.

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