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This is part of the document regulating COVID-19 prevention and control measures in Hanoi signed by the Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngọc Anh on September 15, according to the Nhan Dan Newspaper.

The 19 districts and townships that meet the requirement are Ba Dinh, Ba Vi, Bac Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Dan Phuong, Gia Lam, Hoai Duc, Long Bien, Me Linh, My Duc, Nam Tu Liem, Phu Xuyen, Phuc Tho, Quoc Oai, Soc Son, Son Tay, Thanh Oai, Ung Hoa and Tay Ho.

Service businesses which are allowed to reopen include stores for stationery, textbooks, and other school supplies, garages for vehicle repairs, mechanics, electronics, and home appliances.

Meanwhile, food and beverage establishments are permitted to reopen for delivery only and must be closed before 9pm every day.

The businesses and services must strictly follow COVID-19 prevention and control measures including wearing face masks, keeping distance, making medical declarations, and disinfecting the establishments regularly.

Since fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic began in the country in late April, Hanoi has logged more than 3,850 COVID-19 infections as of September 15.

Two biosphere reserves of Vietnam recognized by UNESCO

Two biosphere reserves Nui Chua in the central province of Ninh Thuan and Kon Ha Nung in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have been recognized by UNESCO.

They were among 22 reserves across the world voted at a session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (CIC-MAB), which is being held in Nigeria from September 13-17, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Animals in the Rescue Centre of Kon Ha Nung Biosphere Reserve (Photo: PanNature)

With the recognition, Vietnam has 11 biosphere reserves, becoming one of the countries with the largest number of UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserves.

Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO, said Vietnam was the sole country with two dossiers that were approved in the first round.

It is also the first time since 2015 that Vietnam has had biosphere reserves nominated for voting by UNESCO, she added.

On the occasion, the CIC-MAB assessed a 10-year review on the management and development of Can Gio and Cu Lao Cham reserves.

The CIC-MAB, known as the governing body of the Man and the Biosphere programme, comprises 34 member nations biennially elected by the UNESCO General Assembly.

Vietnam is largest tuna provider to Israel

The export value of Vietnamese tuna exports to the Israeli market by mid-August grew by 34% to roughly US$25 million against the same period last year, accounting for 5.6% of the total tuna export value, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said the VOV.

Israel continues to represent the nation’s third largest single tuna export market, behind only the US and Italy.

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Despite experiencing a decline in 2019, since the end of 2020, tuna exports to the market have consistently bounced back, with the average export price in the market hovering at US$5,464 per tonne.

Most notably, Vietnamese frozen tuna fillets coded HS03048700 remain the key export product in the market, accounting for 47% of the total export value.

According to statistics released by the International Trade Center (ITC), the first half of the year saw the country surpass Thailand to become the largest tuna supplier to Israel, accounting for roughly 31% of their overall import value.

Furthermore, Israel simultaneously reduced tuna imports from other countries, whilst also increasing imports from the Vietnamese market.

At present, there are eight local enterprises, including Tuna Vietnam, Bidifisco, and Havuco which are actively involved in exporting tuna to the Israeli market.

Despite a wealth of export opportunities for Vietnamese tuna to the market, the local tuna industry is projected to face numerous difficulties due to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with several enterprises reducing their processing capacity./.

Compiled by BTA