Fanpage of Truc Bach ward's online medical station (Photo: VNA)

This model uses Facebook social network to transmit medical information related to pandemic prevention and control to locals, guiding them on physical and mental exercises, and providing instructions on patient care as well as pandemic prevention measures.

The official address of the Facebook fanpage is Online Medical Station - Truc Bach Ward, with the hotline of 039.885.6892. This fanpage is also connected to Zalo social network accounts of the People's Committee of the ward and its residential groups. Members of the online medical station include staffs of the ward and its health station, and volunteer doctors and nurses.

This model is expected to contribute to easing pressure with the ward health station in the increasingly complicated pandemic situation.

From 6pm on January 15 to 6pm on January 16, Hanoi recorded an additional 2,983 new infections in 409 communes, wards and townships of 28 out of its 30 districts and towns, remaining the top of the national tally.

Tra Vinh: Dong Hai I wind power plant inaugurated

Trung Nam Tra Vinh 1 Wind Power JSC, a member of Trungnam Group, has inaugurated the Dong Hai I Wind Power Plant in Dong Hai commune, Duyen Hai district, the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Dong Hai I Wind Power Plant's wind power poles installed (Photo: VNA)

General Director of Trungnam Group Nguyen Tam Tien said at the January 16 ceremony that the first offshore wind power project carried out by the group is opening a path for other projects in the time to come.

Construction of the plant began in early 2021, with a total cost of nearly 5 trillion VND (220 million USD).

With each of the 25 wind power poles having a capacity of 4MW, the project is expected to send about 330 million kWh to the national power grid.

Trungnam Group has set a goal of increasing its capacity to 3.8GW of renewable energy and 1.5GW of LNG power by 2025, helping reduce carbon emissions equivalent to more than 13 million tonnes of carbon compared to coal power.

Northern provinces halt fruit truck reception at some border gates

The northern provinces of Lao Cai and Quang Ninh have decided to temporarily halt receiving vehicles of fresh fruits for export to China via some of their border gates and crossings, as congestion is still lingering there, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The Kim Thanh International Land Border Gate No. 2 in Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Lao Cai is going to suspend the reception at the Kim Thanh International Land Border Gate No. 2, whose Chinese counterpart is Beishan, from January 18 until further notice.

In an urgent announcement sent to localities nationwide on January 16, the Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee said China’s Yunnan province has resumed fresh fruit import through this border gate pair since January 12.

However, as the Chinese side is taking strict anti-COVID-19 measures, the gates’ customs clearance for fresh fruits remains modest, with only 60 lorries passing through from January 12 to 15. While nearly 1,000 vehicles of those produce, including dragon fruit, mango, water melon, and jackfruit, are currently stranded at border gates in Lao Cai, the Kim Thanh border gate has already been overloaded and unable to handle more.

Therefore, to ease congestion and reduce expenses and losses, Lao Cai asked authorities of other provinces and cities to recommend their businesses, cooperatives, and farmers temporarily halt exporting fresh fruit via its border gates.

It also pledged to carry out comprehensive measures and maintain frequent contact with Yunnan authorities to facilitate customs clearance at the Kim Thanh - Beishan border gate pair.

Lorries prepare to pass Mong Cai International Border Gate in Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh province will stop handling trucks of fresh fruits, frozen aquatic products, and others that are hard to be preserved through border gates and crossings in Mong Cai city from January 17 to the Lunar New Year holiday, which will start in the next two weeks.

The provincial People’s Committee said the suspension aims to thoroughly dealing with the goods now stranded at border gates and crossings in Quang Ninh by January 31 and to avoid pandemic risks, or the Chinese side may stop customs clearance again.

It also called on provinces and cities across the country to notify the issue to their businesses and related organisations and individuals.

After a 20-day suspension, the Chinese province of Guangxi on January 10 restored customs clearance at three points of entry in Dongxing city whose counterparts in Mong Cai city are the border gates of Bac Luan 1 Bridge, Bac Luan 2 Bridge, and the Km3 4 floating bridge.

CAAV allowed to decide domestic flight frequency in upcoming holiday

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has been allowed to decide on the frequency of domestic flights to meet the travel demand during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, under a document signed by Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA)

The CAAV was requested to ensure traffic safety and order as well as follow COVID-19 prevention and control regulations during the largest and longest festival which always sees a peak of demand as it is an occasion for family reunion.

According to the CAAV,  from December 29, 2021 to January 10, 2022, Vietnamese airlines operated 4,480 flights, transporting more than 547,000 passengers with an average occupancy rate of 64 percent.

Passenger demand on the Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi route and from Ho Chi Minh City to/from the Central Highlands, central and northern localities during that period increased sharply with seat occupancy topping 70 percent. Carriers also fully exploited the number of flights allotted.

According to a report from airlines’ booking system, the percentage of passengers registering for seats on routes between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City to/from the Central Highlands, central and northern provinces has increased remarkably, exceeding their earlier predictions./.

Compiled by BTA