COVID-19: Vietnam reports 657 new cases, nearly 5,240 recoveries on June 25

Saturday, 25/06/2022 18:54
Vietnam recorded 653 new cases of COVID-19 and 9,351 recoveries in the past 24 hours from 4pm June 24 to 4pm June 25, reported Vietnam News Agency according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.
 
COVID-19 vaccine (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi still reported the highest number of infections on the day with 169 cases, followed by Bac Ninh with 53 and Phu Tho with 45.

The national caseload reached 10,742,891.

A total 5,239 COVID-19 patients were given the all clear on June 24, bringing the number of recoveries so far to 9,642,514. There are 34 patients in serious conditions needing breathing support.

No death from COVID-19 was recorded in the past 24 hours. The total fatalities stood at 43,084.

On June 24, 722,191 doses of vaccines were administered, raising the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines injected to 229,206,194.

Seafood export takes larger bite out of foreign markets

Seafood shipments overseas have risen in the first half of 2022, and experts say Tra fish exports can increase the market share in the EU, while that of shrimp has a lot of room for growth in Canada, reported Vietnam News Agency.

 
Processing Tra fish (Photo: VNA) 

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), as of May, the value of frozen Tra fish exports to the EU this year reached 76.8 million USD, up 95% year-on-year. This means the market has bounced back after a two-year downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netherlands remains the biggest market in the EU for the Vietnamese products, while positive signals are coming from the shipment of frozen Tra fish to Germany, Spain, and Belgium.

In addition to the bloc, Vietnamese Tra fish exporters have also stepped up their activities in Mexico, Egypt and Thailand.

As of mid-May, Vietnam exports shipped to Mexico are at 45.6 million USD, up 70% year-on-year.

VASEP said the Mexican market accounted for the largest proportion of the value, at 35%, of Vietnamese Tra fish exported to member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Thailand, meanwhile, is a new partner of Vietnam in the sector over recent years, with 60 Vietnamese firms now actively shipping exports to the market.

However, insiders said that the market is good, but raw fish for processing is still in short supply, and the situation is projected to continue until the end of the third quarter.

Regarding shrimp exports, whose value grew 38% annually to hit about 1.8 billion USD as of mid-May, experts have predicted extensive increases from the Canadian market in the time to come.

 
Processing shrimps for export (Source: VNA) 

During the period, Vietnam reeled in 100 million USD from shrimp shipments to Canada, up 87% against last year.

After the CPTPP took effect in 2019, such exports raked in 187 million USD in 2020 and 180 million USD in 2021. Currently, there are about 80 shrimp exporters to the market with a wide variety of products.

Kim Thu, an expert on the shrimp market, said in recent years, Canada has consumed a lot of warm water shrimp from Southeast Asian countries. This is coupled with a reduction in the supply of cold water shrimp; favourable conditions for a good catch in Vietnamese shrimp exports to Canada.

According to her, despite such great potential, when entering the Canadian market, Vietnamese shrimp must compete fiercely with products from the US, India, Thailand, China, and Ecuador. Hence, it is necessary for them to update information and plan specific strategies for better exports in the coming time, she advised.

Da Nang receives record number of flights over two-year period

The central city of Da Nang welcomed a total of 114 domestic and international flights on June 25, a record high figure over the past two years, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

 
 Da Nang welcomes Korean passengers on Korean Air flight at Da Nang International Airport

On average the central city welcomes nine international flights per day at present, a rather low figure compared to the pre-pandemic period, but that signals the recovery of the local aviation industry following the success of Routes Asia 2022 in early June, according to Da Nang International Airport.

Le Trung Chinh, head of the municipal government, said that the city has set the goal of restoring its aviation industry to levels seen in the pre-pandemic period within the next two years, with a primary focus on  potential markets such as the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia.

The Da Nang Tourism Promotion Center reported since a number of airlines from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand resumed flights to Da Nang in late March, the city has welcomed 300 flights and tens of thousands of tourists so far.

Korean Air, the largest airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Korea (RoK), recently restored flights to the coastal city, bringing 200 passengers on June 22 following a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19.

Currently, Korean Air is operating two charter flights per week to Da Nang running on Wednesday and Saturday, It plans to launch regular flights to the central city as of July 27 with a frequency of one flight per day.

Plans to reopen bus route connecting Thailand-Laos-Vietnam

Thai authorities are discussing the opening of new bus routes with Laos and Vietnam to link popular destinations in the three countries, reported the Voice of Vietnam according to news website laotiantimes.com.

 
 The distance from Nakhon Phanom to Ha Tinh is approximately 300 kilometres.
(Illustrative photo: baoquocte.vn)

Laotian media noted that the Thai Government has approved expediting negotiations to open a bus route connecting the three countries via route R12 from Nakhon Phanom in Thailand to Thakhek in Laos before progressing on to Ha Tinh in Vietnam.

The distance from Nakhon Phanom to Ha Tinh is approximately 300 kilometres.

The website also revealed that the Thai Ministry of Transport has requested that Laos host the second Trilateral Working Group Meeting as soon as possible in order to discuss the service model before coming to formal agreements.

“The three cities are especially attractive to tourists, with local arts and culture attractions, temples, and sacred sites, as well as natural wonders such as waterfalls, mountains, and beaches,” the laotiantimes.com shared./.

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