Read what is in the news today:
-- A group of Vietnamese doctors, who are serving the Vietnamese level 2 field hospital under the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, have successfully performed a cesarean section to save a pregnant South Sudanese woman with fetal distress and severe scoliosis, as well as her fetus.
-- Doctors at the three Children’s Hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City said that it is necessary to open COVID-19 field hospitals for children as the number of kid inpatients has increased rapidly.
-- The government, in its report on COVID-19 prevention and control submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday, affirmed that Viet A Technologies JSC, a test kit developer and provider in Vietnam, had taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to seek illegal profit, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- The rental fees for Starbucks’ store chain in Vietnam have remained high despite the adverse impacts of COVID-19 while the same costs for the Singaporean, Thai, Lao, and Cambodian markets have enjoyed reductions of ten to 20 percent offered by landlords, according to Patricia Marques, general manager of Starbucks Vietnam.
-- Ho Chi Minh City and the south-central province of Binh Dinh have become two new localities allowed to welcome back international tourists on a pilot basis, the government said on Tuesday.
-- Bars, dance clubs, karaoke and massage parlors in Ho Chi Minh City are allowed to resume operations under COVID-19 safety protocols from January 10, the municipal People’s Committee has decided.
-- The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport seek government approval to test passengers for COVID-19 before international flights using the real-time RT-PCR method in accordance with common practice, instead of rapid testing.
-- As many as 1,753 passengers from abroad came to Vietnam on 17 flights between January 1 and 3, the first three days of the nation’s resumption of regular international flights, the CAAV reported to the transport ministry on Tuesday.
-- COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with preterm delivery or underweight newborns, Reuters cited a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday.