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— AmCham Vietnam’s members have donated over VND5.2 billion (US$228,661) worth of critically needed medical equipment to six COVID-19 treatment hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, the U.S. Consulate General said on its verified Facebook page on Wednesday.
— Authorities in Dong Nai Province are taking care of 12 dogs after the pet owners were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment early this month.
— Hanoi has further relaxed its coronavirus social distancing restrictions since 6:00 am on Thursday, with accommodation and dine-in services allowed to reopen at half of their normal capacity.
— The People Committee of the southern province of Dong Nai on Wednesday decided to quarantine direct contacts of COVID-19 patients at home for 14 days.
— Da Nang had seen no local transmission of COVID-19 for 13 consecutive days as of Wednesday while 95 percent of residents aged above 18 had been vaccinated with at least one vaccine dose. The city has only 19 patients currently receiving hospital treatment.
— Local authorities are investigating an incident in which a garage in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 suddenly burst into flames on Wednesday, damaging three cars and one motorbike at the venue.
— Vietnam’s GDP growth forecast for this year has been lowered to 2-2.5 percent, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the World Bank's October 2021 Vietnam Macro Monitoring as saying on Wednesday.
— Despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inflow of foreign direct investment into Vietnam still rose 4.4 percent year on year in the first nine months of this year to $22.15 billion, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.
— Tuoi Tre (Youth)newspaper has collaborated with Vietnamese tour operator Saigontourist in offering 5,000 bowls of pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) to COVID-19 frontline medical workers in Ho Chi Minh City from October 13 to 15, as part of this year’s Day of Pho, an annual event launched by the newspaper to celebrate the country’s signature dish.