Plan Int’l Vietnam begins project to support ethnic minority children (Photo: Plan Int'l Vietnam)

The six-month project start from April 1st to support local authorities, partners and communities in Vietnam in their fight against the pandemic.

It will directly benefit 32,000 ethnic minority children in 66 communes across 13 districts in Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Kon Tum, along with 250,000 disadvantaged people in those communities.

By working with partners and volunteers at all levels, the project will provide health stations and schools in target areas with equipment and staff training. An extensive publicity campaign will be launched to ensure ethnic minority children and their families have access to reliable sources of information on the epidemic.

Over 8,000 samples taken from Ha Loi village test negative for COVID-19

Among a total of 10,100 samples taken from locals in Ha Loi village of Me Linh commune in Hanoi, as many as 8,095 samples have come back negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Quick tests for people Ha Loi commune (Source:

At present, medical professionals are waiting on the results of the remaining 2,090 tests, according to Nguyen Nhat Cam, director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Along with the samples taken from locals in Ha Loi village, all 1,834 samples from residents of the adjacent Lieu Tri village have come back negative for the virus.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health has issued its 13th emergency notice, asking anyone who has visited Me Linh flower market in Ha Loi village, Me Linh commune, Hanoi since March 20th, to immediately contact the nearest health authority or send a message to the number 8889 for medical advice.

The Ministry sent a special task force to support the prevention and control of COVID-19 in the village on April 10th. The entire village of 2,711 households with 11,077 residents has been quarantined. The quarantine period run between April 8th and May 5th.

As of the morning of April 16, there have been a total of 268 COVID-19 cases recorded nationwide, including 171 patients who have subsequently gone on to make a full recovery.

Ha Loi village in Me Linh district of Hanoi is home to 10,080 people and has been in lockdown since April 7, with the village subsequently confirming the discovery of 13 positive COVID-19 cases.

Legislature sets flexible timetable for upcoming session due to COVID-19

The National Assembly is to convene its 9th plenary session in Hanoi next month, with approximately half of the set time frame to be held online due to the novel coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).

A paroramic view of a plenary session of the National Assembly

The online meeting will last between 5-7 days to examine a number of bills and important issues, including the European Union - Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA) and solutions for easing the impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic, according to National Assembly secretary general Nguyen Hanh Phuc.

Except for lawmakers in other localities, those living and working in Hanoi will be present at the National Assembly building for the online meeting, Phuc said.

The legislative body will hold the plenary session at its headquarters as soon as the epidemic is brought under control. Lawmakers will focus on approving key bills and resolutions as normal.

Phuc said the 9th session is scheduled to open between May 20th-25th and last between 12-17 days, shorter than previous sessions./.

Compiled by BTA