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— Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Thursday morning announced two locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh, increasing the country’s tally to 1,553. The two are now being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.
— The northern province of Quang Ninh on Thursday gave all K-12 students a four-day break, as part of the locality’s immediate activation of the alarm mode at the highest level to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant from the UK after a patient tested positive for COVID-19 one day earlier and identified as a locally-transmitted case.
— Vietnam’s Ministry of Health is requesting Japan to provide more information about a case in which a Vietnamese woman tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after she entered Japan on January 17.
— Thien Hanh Hospital in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak’s Buon Ma Thuot City on Wednesday discharged a five-year-old boy, who was earlier hospitalized with severe injuries from being slashed, and presented him with a bank deposit certificate worth more than VND1.4 billion (US$60,684) donated by the community after the call of the hospital’s doctor Pham Hoa Anh.
— Vietnam’s footwear sector is now beginning to see positive signs after export revenue for footwear and handbags fell 11 percent year-on-year to US$19.5 billion in 2020, making it one of the sector's hardest hit by COVID-19, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.
— The first 60 tons of jasmine rice shipped to the UK under the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) hit the shelves in London on Tuesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.
— Nguyen Tan Dat from Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 has recently captured attention after he spent three months creating traditional Vietnamese meals for Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which falls on February 12 this year) from clay.