COVID-19: New cases stand at 568 on June 12

Sunday, 12/06/2022 17:23
The Ministry of Health confirmed 568 new infections of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours to 4pm June 12, down 142 cases from the previous day, reported Vietnam News Agency.

COVID-19: Daily cases down to 710 on June 11

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi still reported the highest number of infections on the day with 170 cases, followed by Yen Bai with 64 and Quang Ninh with 25.

The national caseload reached 10,731,812.

A total 5,274 COVID-19 patients were given the all clear on June 12, bringing the number of recoveries so far to 9,553,193.

There are 24 patients needing breathing support, while one death was recorded in the past 24 hours. The total fatalities stood at 43,083.

By June 11, the country had injected 223,511,691 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 4,617,162 first doses and 645,880 second doses for children from five to under-12 years old.

President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to be closed for maintenance

The Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh and the Monument to Heroic Martyrs in Hanoi will be closed to the public from June 13 to August 15 for annual maintenance this year, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh (Photo: nhandan.vn)

Respect-paying activities for President Ho Chi Minh and heroic martyrs will resume on August 16, announced the management board of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on June 10.

President Ho Chi Minh passed away on September 2, 1969. His body was embalmed and placed in a glass coffin inside the granite mausoleum.

The mausoleum has become an important landmark of the capital city and is integral to the political and social history of Vietnam.

Vietnamese fresh lychees popular with Japanese consumers

Vietnam’s fresh lychees have been exported to Japan for several years and the fruit has gradually been accepted by local consumers due to its freshness and succulence, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Japanese officials and diplomats of other countries in Japan sample Vietnamese fresh lychees

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnamese fresh lychees have been shipped to Japan with increasing quantity, meeting the demanding market’s safety and hygiene requirements.

Japan imports lychees from Taiwan (China) and Thailand. But since the fruit grown in Vietnam hit Japanese shelves, local consumers have made quite interesting comparisons.

“This is the first time I have tasted lychee from Vietnam. The fruit is very succulent and delicious. Compared with other lychees on sale in Japan, the Vietnamese fruit is sweeter and tastier,” says a Japanese resident.

A young Japanese man even links lychee tasting to health improvement.

“Vietnamese lychee is very fresh and succulent. Lychee eating is very good for health. In summer, the lychee, if mixed with other drinks, will become a good source of food that can help beat the heat,” says the young man.

This girl says she prefers Vietnamese fresh lychee to the similar fruit imported from other countries due to its its freshness and succulence.

Since December 15, 2019, the Japanese Government has officially allowed Vietnamese businesses to ship fresh lychees to this market, and the export volume of this fruit has steadily increased year by year.

Ta Duc Minh, Vietnamese trade counselor in Japan, points out approximately 400 tonnes of fresh lychees were exported to Japan in 2021 and they were sold out.

“In the near future, the trade office will coordinate with domestic agencies and Japanese importers to popularize Vietnamese agricultural products including lychees in Japan. In addition, we will also organize many marketing events to promote Vietnamese lychees and other agricultural products through Foodex or similar festivals,” says Minh.

Currently, first shipments of Vietnamese lychees grown in Bac Giang and Hai Duong have arrived at Japanese ports and the juicy fruit is expected to hit local shelves very soon.

Along with other Vietnamese fruits such as dragon fruit and banana, Vietnamese lychee is anticipated to gain a firm foothold in this demanding market.

Meeting marks World Oceans Day, Vietnam’s sea-island week in Phu Yen

A meeting took place in the south-central province of Phu Yen to celebrate World Oceans Day (June 8) and the Vietnam Sea and Island Week, which began on June 1, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Caitlin Wiesen, Acting Interim Resident Coordinator for the United Nations (UN) and UN Development Programme Resident Representative in Vietnam, speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Held in a hybrid format, the event attracted the participation of central and local officials, and representatives of coastal localities and international organisations in Vietnam. 

In his remarks, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha believed that Vietnam will achieve more in its general natural resources management and environmental protection of seas and islands in contribution to preserve the green planet and clean ocean of mankind.

Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Tran Tuan Anh highlighted the Party and State's consistent policy on sustainable and comprehensive development of seas and islands as well as marine resources and economy in association with ensuring national defence, security, safety, sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction at sea.

Caitlin Wiesen, Acting Interim Resident Coordinator for the United Nations (UN) and UN Development Programme Resident Representative in Vietnam, said the UN is proud to have cooperated with the Government of Vietnam in such important areas as climate change, circular economy, especially marine spatial planning for sustainable oceans growth.

Wiesen hoped for the ties' further development toward an environmentally friendly future by 2050.

Chairman of the Phu Yen People’s Committee Tran Huu The said the participation of leaders, localities and international friends are spreading the message of protecting the environment, seas, and islands.

The Vietnam Sea and Island Week 2022 focuses on the theme “sustainable development of sea-based economy in association with preservation of biodiversity and marine ecosystems”, aiming to address challenges and limitations in developing the marine economy in Vietnam.

In response to World Oceans Day, themed Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean, the Vietnam Sea and Island Week 2022 highlights sustainable development of sea-based economy in association with preservation of biodiversity and marine ecosystems, aiming to address challenges and limitations in developing the marine economy in Vietnam./.

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