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The requirements for restaurant operation include a distance of one metre from one customer to another or a shield between them. All restaurants have to use an app to report on their pandemic prevention and control work.

Meanwhile, discos, bars, karaoke shops, online games shops, and sidewalk food stalls will remain closed.

Local authorities have also requested competent agencies to check COVID-19 prevention and control at religious facilities in preparation for their operation resumption. 

The northern province of Hai Duong, the nation's biggest coronavirus hotspot, is set to bring social distancing measures to an end on March 3, with efforts being made to return to a “new normal”.

Hai Duong has recorded 665 community infections since the virus recurred in late January 2021. Of the total, 297 patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the virus.

110 foreign experts to be isolated for COVID-19 combat

The administration of Quang Ngai province, central Vietnam, has outlined plans to put a total of 110 foreign experts into isolation in concentrated places in an effort to prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The foreign experts are scheduled to pass though Huu Nghi international border gate in the northern province of Lang Son and then travel to Quang Ngai to work for Hoa Phat Dung Quat Iron and Steel Integrated Complex, reported VOV.

The provincial administration requested relevant agencies to create favourable condition for the experts during their travel and quarantine back in Quang Ngai.

At present, Quang Ngai is yet to record any positive COVID-19 cases this year, although local authorities have advised relevant agencies to closely control people entering from COVID-19 hotspots in the fight against the virus.

Cases that violate the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures will be punished, whilst local medical workers will take samples for testing of relevant cases, especially foreigners currently working in Quang Ngai.

Imports-exports contribute 2.37 billion USD to State budget in Jan-Feb

State budget collection from import-export activities reached 54.76 trillion VND (2.37 billion USD) in the first two months, or 17.38 percent of the estimate and a year-on-year rise of 7.53 percent, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

State budget collection from import-export activities reached 54.76 trillion VND (2.37 billion USD)
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In February alone, the collection was 23.66 trillion VND. As Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays fell in the month, the customs department worked together with relevant agencies to combat smuggling and trade frauds while increasing inspections, reported VNA.

The customs force detected 967 cases in total from January 16 to February 15, seizing goods of 258.67 billion VND and contributing 8.6 billion VND to the State budget.

State budget collection was estimated at 220.5 trillion VND in total in the first two months of 2021, equivalent to 16.4 percent of the year’s estimate./.