The recently found rock bed is currently preserved at the Ninh Binh Museum (Photo: VNA)

The news agency quoted Director of the Ninh Binh Museum Nguyen Xuan Khang saying on July 8th that the antique was discovered while local residents were working on their farmland.

The bed, in a rectangular parallelepiped shape, was made from a single slab, and only one of its legs was created separately.

Measuring 165cm in length, 128cm in width and 53cm in height, the item features many dragon and flower patterns typical for the decoration style during the Hau Le (Later Le) Dynasty.

Khang held that the bed was used for ritual ceremonies, and its creating and decorating styles are similar to those of the rock beds at the temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le kings in the province’s Hoa Lu Ancient Capital historical and cultural relic site.

Last foreign COVID-19 patient in Vietnam to be discharged from hospital

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As of July 9th, Vietnam reported 369 COVID-19 cases, including 50 foreign patients. In particular, 100% of foreign patients were treated successfully by Vietnamese medical doctors and workers.

The British pilot, known as Patient 91, is the final foreign patient having been announced to be cured from the disease. He is expected to return home on July 12th on a flight of the Vietnamese national carrier.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Health Ministry's Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Deputy Head of the Treatment Sub-Committee under the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the promptly issued guidelines for treatment of the MoH and the Sub-Committee for Treatment are among the important factors helping Vietnam successfully treat cases. In particular, Vietnam does not distinguish therapies for Vietnamese and foreign patients. All were treated equally with the efforts and experience drawn daily from physicians.

Vietnam entered its 84th straight day without new community infections of COVID-19 as of 06h00 on July 9th, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported.

Currently, 22 patients are being treated in Vietnam, including 2 in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, 16 at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, 1 at Ho Chi Minh city’s Cu Chi field hospital, 1 in Dong Thap province and 2 in Quang Nam province.

The remaining active cases are in stable condition. Among them, two tested negative for the virus once and five others at least twice.

Over 13,300 people who had close contact with infected cases or returned to Vietnam from pandemic-hit countries remain under quarantine, of which 95 are quarantined at hospitals, over 12,800 at other facilities and 420 at home.

Nearly 60 infrastructure projects to be invested in northern city

More than 2.5 trillion VND (108.7 million USD) sourced from the State budget, private donors and Ha Long Bay’s entrance fees will be invested this year in building 57 new pieces of infrastructure in Ha Long city, the northern province of Quang Ninh.

A bird's eye view of Ha Long Bay (Photo: VNA)

From 2016, local authorities have been granted management of 100 per cent of the collection from Ha Long Bay’s entrance fees (minus a certain percentage contributed to the State budget and maintaining operation of the bay’s management board). The collection is supposed to be invested in infrastructure on the mainland and in the bay.

This is an important policy of the Party Committee's Standing Board and People's Council of Quang Ninh province to mobilise focused resources for the city’s infrastructure, especially transport and tourism projects, creating a driving force for the city’s breakthroughs.

It aims to turn Ha Long into an international tourism and service centre with synchronised, modern socio-economic infrastructure and creates an impetus for the city to become a central-level city by 2030.

Along with the development target, Ha Long looks to preserve values of the World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay.

During the 2016-19 period, Ha Long city allocated nearly 3 trillion VND (130,500 USD) from Ha Long Bay’s entrance fees to renovate and construct new infrastructure.

A number of major projects have been constructed in this period using Ha Long Bay’s entrance fees like Tran Quoc Nghien road, road surface extension and renovation on main streets, pavement renovation for pedestrian zones, upgrading water drainage systems and replacing street lights with energy-saving systems.

According to local authorities, the collection from tourism sites’ entrance fees have decreased in the first half of this year due to COVID-19, affecting construction progress of infrastructure projects.

After the pandemic, the city’s authorities are accelerating public investment disbursement to meet the projects’ deadlines./.

Compiled by BTA