News in Brief: September 21, 2021

The Lao Cai provincial authorities have allowed the resumption of sporting facilities and swimming pools as of 5:00 on September 20. The owners of the facilities are requested to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures, particularly the Ministry of Health’s 5K message of khau trang (face masks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distancing), khong tu tap (no gatherings), and khai bao y te (health declarations).

Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan paid a working visit to the Military Zone 9 High Command on September 20, during which she hailed the contributions of officers and soldiers at Military Zone 9 for the maintenance of defence and security and socio-economic development in the southwestern region as well as their support for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Thousands of gift sets including 30,000 mooncakes and personal care items have been sent from Hanoi to doctors and nurses working in the South as part of an activity organised by the Vietnam Health Trade Union, Labour and Trade Magazine, and National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

On September 21, Vinh Hai Border Guard station under the Border Guard Command of the southern province of Soc Trang presented 350 gifts worth VND150,000 each, including confectionery and lanterns, along with 140 backpacks, 100 sets of uniforms, 100 pairs of sandals, and 20 hats, to Khmer pupils and children living in difficult circumstances in Vinh Hai Commune and Lac Hoa Commune.

News in Brief: September 20, 2021

Hanoi is expected to be divided into three anti-epidemic zones. Areas with high risk and active infections will be “red spots” that will apply the PM’s Directive No.16; meanwhile, neigbouring areas are “yellow areas” and the rest are “green areas”.

A campaign, launched by Hanoi City Cultural Centre under the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, to compose songs and poems on COVID-19 prevention and control and in response to the action month for children in 2021, has received 165 poems and 65 songs by 111 authors. As many as 40 songs and 70 poems of high quality will be published in a collection.

The latest artworks on the Mid-Autumn Festival by painters from an art group called Gallery39A (G39) are on display at its Facebook fanpage as part of an online exhibition launched on September 20. A total of 30 artworks were created with plaster carvings or painted with oil, acrylics and gouache on “dó” (poonah) paper as well as old newspapers by 17 G39 painters, five of whom are children.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has just signed Decision No.1532/QD-TTg on consolidating the National Steering Committee on the economical and efficient use of energy in the 2019-2030 period, appointing Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh as the head of the committee.

News in Brief: September 19, 2021

As many as 480 female migrant workers living in difficult circumstances received gifts worth VND 500,000 each during a programme held in Hanoi on September 18. The activity was co-organised by the Hanoi Women’s Union, the Light Community Health Development Institute and Oxfam in Vietnam.

For the first time since the appearance of the new case of the fourth outbreak of the epidemic in Da Nang (on May 3), on September 18 (after 70 days) Da Nang did not record a new case of Covid-19.

The Provincial Party Committee and People's Committee of Dong Nai Province held a meeting and dialogue with representatives of associations and foreign-invested enterprises (FDI) on September 18 to listen to difficulties and recommendations, aiming to provide timely support for businesses to overcome difficulties caused by the severe impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.

News in Brief: September 18, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (September 16), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has just launched an art competition under the theme “To protect the ozone is to protect the Earth’s climate”. The contest is open to all Vietnamese citizens and foreigners living and working in Vietnam. Details about the contest can be found at

On September 17, the Ministry of Education and Training launched the national electronic lecture design contest. The contest is open for teachers who have been teaching at general education institutions and continuing education institutions across the country. The contest aims to contribute to building a digital repository of data for the education sector to serve in the innovation of content, teaching methods, testing and assessment.

The Ministry of Education and Training has launched a writing contest entitled “My teacher” to dedicate to teachers who wholeheartedly devote themselves to the educational cause. The contest is open to all Vietnamese citizens. The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on the occasion of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, which falls on November 20.

In response to the “Internet connection and computers for children” programme launched by the Prime Minister, a number of organisations and individuals in the central province of Nghe An have donated equipment and cash with a total value of nearly VND10 billion to help needy students to study online.

News in Brief: September 17, 2021

Binh Duong Province is expected to take complete control of the COVID-19 pandemic in red zones to turn them into green zones and bring life back to the new normal after September 20, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam during a working visit to the province on September 16.

The Military Command of Dak Nong Province presented necessities and medical supplies worth total VND200 million to the local military force and Vietnamese people in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri Province on September 16 to help with COVID-19 fight.

An online music programme entitled “Sharing to be closer” will be broadcast live at 8:10pm on September 19 on the VTV1 channel. This is expected to be a special event for Vietnamese children on the occasion of Full Moon Festival.

On September 16, the Hanoi Youth Union and Hanoi Students’ Association received VND352 million as a donation from the Stronger with Amser Fund to support the thousands of volunteers who are participating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Northern region is forecast to face thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rains from September 17-20 while mountainous provinces are warned of flash floods and landslides, according to the national weather forecast agency.