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-- Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally on Wednesday night reached 1,505, with 1,353 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- Local authorities in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on Wednesday detected a facility in Dat Do District where processed counterfeit imported alcohol en masse and confiscated nearly 80 bottles of fake alcohol as well as dozens of branding stickers and empty bottles.
-- COVID-19 left 1.3 million people jobless in Vietnam in 2020, with most of them in working age, a representative from the General Statistics Office informed on Wednesday at a conference in Hanoi.
-- Border guards in the north-central province of Nghe An have detected 99 cases with 189 people illegally leaving and entering Vietnam since March 2020.
-- Hanoi has advised people not to do exercise outdoors in the early morning and late afternoon, the two most polluted times during the day, as the city has suffered alarming air pollution recently.
-- The British Embassy in Vietnam this week handed over electronic health application SNOMED CT, which will provide a platform to store standardized clinical terminologies, to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the embassy announced on its Facebook on Wednesday.
-- The Ministry of Construction and the German Cooperation Organization on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in developing the Vietnam Green Housing Program, which is expected to save about 6.3 billion kWh of electricity over the next decade, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Vietnam earned over US$3 billion from exporting rice in 2020, a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent, the Vietnam News Agency reported, citing the Vietnam Food Association.
-- Students from preschools to high schools in Ho Chi Minh City will have a consecutive nine-day break, from February 8 to 16, on the occasion of the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, according to Nguyen Thanh Trung, office chief at the local Department of Education and Training.