Vietnam morning news for March 31

Vietnam morning news for March 31

Vietnam morning news

Vietnam confirms nine new COVID-19 cases, total now at 203
Nine people were confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 that causes the COVID-19 pandemic on March 30 evening, raising the total number of cases in Vietnam to 203.

Vietnam asks its major cities to prepare for lockdown to stop coronavirus
Vietnam’s prime minister on Monday (March 30) asked major cities to prepare for possible lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases in the South-east Asian country almost reached 200.
— The Straits times

Vietnam daily stops publishing after staffer infected
An English daily in Vietnam suspended its print edition after one its staffers tested positive for coronavirus.
— AA

Vietnam’s domestic airlines reduce flight frequency
The Ministry of Transport green-lit the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s proposal to limit domestic flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to other cities and provinces to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— The Star Online

Vietnam says to suspend public transport to curb coronavirus spread
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday ordered the suspension to public transport services to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which is known to have infected 203 people in the country.

EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement
The Council today adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.
— Consilium.europa

Rice prices hit 6-year high as Thailand and Vietnam face drought
International prices of rice have surged as droughts keep production low in key exporters Thailand and Vietnam, while panic buying amid the coronavirus pandemic is also tightening supply.
–Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Vietnam asks mask firms to increase production to 5 mln a day
Vietnam has asked local mask producers to ramp up their production to make 5 million masks a day, the government said on Monday, as coronavirus cases in the country rise to 200.
— National Post

Vietnam’s ban on rice exports still in force, govt may set limit – traders
Vietnam, the world’s third-largest rice exporter, has not yet lifted the ban on new rice export contracts, traders said on Monday, adding that they expect the government to remove the suspension this week and also impose a quota.
— National Post

Fewer traffic accidents, deaths reported in first quarter
The number of traffic accidents and traffic-related deaths and injuries reported in the first quarter of this year fell, reflecting the positive impacts of new stringent alcohol regulations.
— Viet Nam News

Super assigns $457m for Vietnam deals
Despite the looming global recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, SET-listed Super Energy Corporation announced that it will allocate US$457 million for asset acquisition in Vietnam this year.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus panic in Vietnam adds tension to SunRice’s local supplies
After losing most of its locally grown crop to drought and irrigation restrictions, national rice business SunRice now faces a worrying freeze on exports from its backup operations in Vietnam.
— North queensland register

Vietnam to shut down lotteries to reduce risk of pandemic spread
Vietnam will suspend all lotteries for 15 days from April 1 as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.
— VnExpress

Vietnam proposes $860M bailout package for businesses hit by virus
Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs has proposed that the government issue a 20 trillion dong ($860 million) bailout package to soften the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam’s Big Air Pollution Challenge
Bold action is needed to address the country’s problem.
— The Diplomat

Unilever Vietnam launches initiative to protect community from COVID-19 pandemic
Unilever Vietnam on Monday announced its “Stay Strong Vietnam” initiative, a wide-ranging set of measures to support the community and people in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam govt uses TikTok account to spread information to the public about COVID-19
Local media sources have reported that the Ministry’s account will help spread its messages quickly to an active and growing community of TikTok users in Vietnam
— Edexlive

Vietnam healthcare market a big draw for investors
Last year, VinaCapital’s flagship fund, Vietnam Opportunity Fund (VOF), invested US$25 million in a private hospital operator, Tâm Trí Medical Joint Stock Company.
— The Star Online

Vinamilk donates nearly 500,000 USD to COVID-19 fight
Thousands of samples have been tested in Vietnam for SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. However, multiple others, including foreigners, have remained in quarantine at residential areas and centralized quarantine centers.
— Yahoo New

Vietnam’s food processor Nafoods raises $5m senior loan from Finnfund
International Finance Corporation-backed niche food processor Nafoods Group has secured a $5 million senior loan from Finnish development financier Finnfund, according to a statement by the Vietnamese firm.
— DealStreetAsia

Hà Nội and HCM City limit transport to slow spread of coronavirus
Trans-provincial passenger trains will be suspended from March 30 until April 15 to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, according to the Vietnam Railway Authority.
— Viet Nam News

American tourist caught after Vietnam quarantine bolt
Police in Da Nang found and returned Danielle Smith, 29, to quarantine after she absconded from the facility Monday morning.
— VnExpress

HCM City to provide $42 monthly allowance to people losing jobs due to COVID-19
The HCM City Party Committee on Thursday (March 26) approved paying an allowance of VNĐ1 million (US$42.5) a month to people losing their livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the outlay meant for paying wage hikes this year to city officials.
— Viet Nam News

Singapore falls over 4% while Vietnam worst hit
Southeast Asian stock markets closed lower on Monday as rising cases of the coronavirus in the region deepened fears of economic damage, with investors looking past moves by governments and central banks to combat the pandemic.
— The Star Online

Petrol prices see sharp fall of up to VNĐ4,252 per litre
The retail price of petrol sharply decreased as of 3pm on Sunday, marking the sixth consecutive reduction since the beginning of this year.
— Viet Nam News

Việt Nam sees first reduction in retail sales of goods and services in Q1
Việt Nam witnessed its first reduction in retail sales for five years in March due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
— Viet Nam News

Online trade promotion acitivities should be developed due to COVID-19: agency
The Việt Nam Trade Promotion Agency has encouraged localities, businesses and trade promotion organisations develop online marketing measures during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, said agency director Vũ Bá Phú.
— Viet Nam News

Domestic airlines reduce flight frequency to fight COVID-19
Domestic airlines are allowed to transport passengers with a frequency of one flight a day on certain routes, including Hà Nội-HCM City and vice versa, Hà Nội-Đà Nẵng, Hà Nội-Phú Qu’c and vice versa; HCM City-Đà Nẵng, HCM City-Phú Qu’c and vice versa.
— Viet Nam News

VN records $2.8b trade surplus in Q1 despite pandemic
The country’s export turnover was estimated at $59.08 billion during the period, up 1 per cent year-on-year.
— Viet Nam News

VNPT & MobiFone receive broadband service awards
The Việt Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) was honoured in the category for the best fixed broadband service in Việt Nam at the World Mobile Broadband and ISP Summit 2020.
— Viet Nam News

Ride-hailing apps help people buy food without going out
With people wanting to stay at home amid the Covid-19 outbreak, apps like Be and Grab are piloting new services in HCM City to help them buy more and more things without leaving home.
— Viet Nam News

Virus and strict laws hurt beer sales
Brewery companies have lowered profit targets due to a severe drop in sales consumption caused by COVID-19 and newly-applied strict penalties for inebriated drivers.
— Viet Nam News

Disbursement of public investment would help lift GDP by 0.42 percentage points: GSO
Boosting the disbursement of all planned public investment would help increase this year’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.42 percentage points, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
— Viet Nam News

VN stocks nosedive following higher infection reports
Vietnamese shares tumbled again on Monday morning as blue chips were hit by a sell-off as worries of a coronavirus-hit economy took off on a higher number of infection cases.
— Viet Nam News

Kiên Giang, Long An provinces want rice export ban lifted
The Mekong Delta provinces of Kiên Giang and Long An have asked the Government to reconsider its temporary ban on rice exports, saying it would discourage farmers from growing the autumn-winter crop this year.
— Viet Nam News

HCM City seeks to ensure adequate goods supply in all circumstances
The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has co-ordinated with other government agencies, business groups and districts in the city to ensure supply of essential goods at stable prices amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Viet Nam News

Stock market, securities companies to tell employees to work from home
The Ho” Chí Minh Stock Exchange and securities companies have specific plans to ensure smooth market operations amid the novel COVID-19 outbreak.
— Viet Nam News

Investors brace for bumpy trading week ahead
Investors may want to prepare for choppy trading this week as the market is still vulnerable to the unpredictability of global shocks inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, said analysts.
— Viet Nam News

VRE, SSI to take higher weight in VN30: VDSC
Property developer Vincom Retail (VRE) and SSI Securities (SSI) are two of four stocks expected to weigh more in the large-cap VN30 basket, according to Rong
— Viet Nam News

Satra targets cutting State stake to 66 per cent
The State-owned firm Satra has filed an equitisation plan with the HCM City People’s Committee.
— Viet Nam News

Shinhan Bank to change service fee for overseas transaction
Shinhan Bank will increase the fee for its courier-overseas cheque outward collection service for personal customers to US$55 from 11$ (fees include value-added tax), effective on April 3.
— Viet Nam News



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