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-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved aid worth VND670 billion (US$29 million) from the state coffers for nine provinces in central Vietnam and the Central Highlands, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Kon Tum, to handle the consequences caused by storms and flooding in October.
-- Vietnam on Wednesday night reported five imported COVID-19 cases who were put in quarantine in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang after entering the country in November, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
-- Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally on Thursday morning reached 1,321, with 1,153 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- The Australian government and World Bank pledged to assist Vietnam in achieving the goal of piloting cashless payment in its social security policy, the bank’s program leader for human development for Vietnam Christophe Lemiere spoke at a workshop on expanding the payment method for the sake of social safety in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.
-- Da Nang Hospital in the namesake central city on Wednesday said it had admitted 28 people infected with Whitmore’s disease, also known as melioidosis, during the past two months of the rainy season.
-- The International Fashion Festival, which is the first of its kind, will be organized in Vietnam from December 25 to 27 and bring participants opportunities to experience not only fashion but also music and tourism.
-- Authorities in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat on Wednesday fined 20-year-old Nguyen Le Nguyen VND3.2 million ($139) for his offensive performance in which he wore racy outfits attached with a fake genital organ and danced at the Hoa Binh promenade on November 22.