A health worker checks body temperature for a foreigner quarantined at a hotel in Vinh Yen city of Vinh Phuc province (Photo: VNA)

Up to 243 of the 382 confirmed patients are imported cases who were quarantined upon arrival.

Meanwhile, 357 patients or 93.2 percent have recovered from the disease, and there are no related deaths.

Most of the 26 remainders are in stable condition, including seven negative for the virus once and four others at least twice.

There are 11,697 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit areas in quarantine at present, including 141 in hospitals, 10,486 in other quarantine sites, and 1,070 at home or accommodation facilities.

Ho Chi Minh city Tourism Festival attracts nearly 200,000 visitors

The 16th Ho Chi Minh city Tourism Festival closed on July 19th, attracting nearly 200,000 visitors and transactions.

Visitors buying tours at the festival

This is the first time the four-day event was attended by 50 out of 63 provinces and cities and 96 tourism, services and cuisine businesses.

With more than 150 pavilions, tours linking HCM City with the Mekong Delta and other localities in the south were promoted for the first time.

To bolster domestic travel, promotions and discounts of 30 percent on various tourism products were available.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh city Department of Tourism said that tourism businesses and travel agencies joining the festival focused on promoting products which stimulate domestic tourism and offering promotional programs.

According to preliminary statistics from the business community, the event saw more than 9,300 successful transactions mainly focusing on tours linking with the Northwest, Northeast, Central region, Mekong Delta and Southeast. In addition, revenue of tourism, services and cuisine businesses also reached more than VND40 billion.

The festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism; creating opportunities for customers to visit and discover landscapes of the country. This is also a practical activity to remove difficulties for resorts, businesses and service providers in the southern city.

Cargoes through seaports maintain growth in seven months

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Total cargo volume through Vietnam’s seaports reached an estimated 397.5 million tons in the first 7 months of 2020; of which container volume posted more than 11.8 million TEU, up 6% and 8%, respectively, compared to the same period last year, according to Vietnam News Agency.  

Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Hoang Hong Giang said that in July alone, the volume of cargo through seaports was estimated at nearly 57.8 million tons, up 1%; including more than 1.68 million TEU of container, up 2% year on year. 

“The volume of cargo through seaports in the 7 months increased 6% from the same period last year. This is a good growth rate, even as maritime activities have not escaped from the effect of the COVID-19 epidemic,” he said.

According to statistics of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, in spite of the COVID-19 epidemic, volume of cargo through some seaports still reached double-digit growth such as Quang Tri (72%) and Quang Ngai (44%).

In addition, some seaport areas such as Nam Dinh, Can Tho, Thanh Hoa and Thai Binh had relatively high growth from 20%-28% year on year.

Some seaport areas saw sharp growth in container cargo such as My Tho (354%), Thanh Hoa (115%), An Giang (85%) and Da Nang (11%)./.