Foreigner suspected to have Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh city confirmed negative

The Health Ministry has confirmed a man who came to work in Vietnam from Indonesia in March as negative for the new coronavirus, after performing a second test Wednesday night. All 145 people who had come into close contact with him also tested negative for Covid-19. The results were confirmed Thursday morning after Ho Chi […] Read more »

A foreigner tests positive for covid-19 in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh city

An Indonesian man who entered Vietnam in March has tested Covid-19 positive in Ho Chi Minh City and municipal authorities have quarantined at least 10 people. The 31-year old man had landed at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC in March and been transported to the southern province of Binh Duong, where he […] Read more »

Coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia top 150,000 with more than 4,350 fatalities

Latest figures show 2,619 new cases, 82 fatalities over past 24 hours, with most cases reported in Indonesia, Philippines The total number of coronavirus cases in Southeast Asian countries has reached 150,571 as of Tuesday, including 4,356 fatalities and 85,277 recoveries. The latest figures showed 2,619 new cases and 82 fatalities over the last 24 […] Read more »

European Union puts 14 countries on ‘safe list’, but excludes the US

The 27-member bloc gave approval on Tuesday to leisure or business trips from 14 countries beyond its borders: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. But, the European Union has excluded the United States from its initial “safe list” of countries from which the bloc […] Read more »

Thailand reopens to international flights from today

Thailand is reopening to international passenger flights from today, Wednesday, July 1, but only some tourists can visit. The commercial flight ban that has been in place across the kingdom since April 3 will be lifted from Wednesday, July 1. Commercial passenger flights will be allowed to operate flights landing at international airports across the […] Read more »

American states reverse openings, require masks amid resurgence

Arizona’s Republican governor has shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks amid a dramatic resurgence of coronavirus cases. The state is not alone in its drastic reversal. Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars. Leaders in several states also ordered residents to wear masks in public. Among those implementing the […] Read more »

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President

The US killed General Soleimani and others in a January drone attack near Baghdad International Airport. Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Tehran prosecutor Ali […] Read more »

Vietnam Q2 GDP growth slows due to the coronavirus pandemic

Vietnam’s economic growth in the second quarter fell to its slowest pace in decades due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Gross domestic product in the April-June period grew 0.36% from a year earlier, compared with an expansion of 6.73% in the same period last year, the government’s General Statistics Office said in a […] Read more »

12 out of suspended Pakistani pilots in Vietnam flying for Vietjet, Jetstar Pacific

Among the 27 Pakistani pilots in Vietnam who have been suspended over fake license concerns, 11 are working for local low-cost carrier Vietjet and 1 for Jetstar Pacific. The remaining Pakistani pilots had their contracts expired or were furloughed and returned home amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) last night, […] Read more »

China reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, total reached 83,512, while death toll at 4,634

China reported 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases as of end of June 28, down from 17 reported a day earlier as the country’s capital tries to curb a new wave of infections that emerged from a wholesale market in mid-June. The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement that five of the new COVID-19 […] Read more »

The global death toll from COVID-19 tops half a million

The death toll from COVID-19 reached half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave. The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous […] Read more »

The US pauses reopening of many states after a spike in the number of new cases of coronavirus

Washington is the latest state to pause its reopening plans after a spike in the number of new cases of coronavirus across the country. “We all want to get back to doing all the things we love in Washington during the summer, and fully open our economy, but we aren’t there yet,” Gov. Jay Inslee […] Read more »

Vietnam suspended 20 Pakistani pilots over fake licenses

Minister of Transport of Vietnam Nguyen Van The has asked the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam and domestic airlines to review and suspend Pakistani pilots after the South Asia country’s aviation authorities announced its pilots’ use of fake licenses. According to a report from the country’s civil aviation authorities, more than 200 pilots have used […] Read more »

Vietnam will not rush to open its borders to foreigners

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says the country will not rush to open its borders to foreigners as it strives to prevent a second wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has hit other countries, according to a post on the government’s website. Phuc said the country is not going to open up to […] Read more »

Vietnam doesn’t need to hide data on the Covid-19 pandemic

Amid the global rising infections, Vietnam’s authorities have attempted to keep the case count below 1,000. Vietnam’s early response to the novel coronavirus has resulted in low infections and no deaths. Therefore, it’s not necessary for the country to hide data on the pandemic. It is likely that Vietnam did not have to cover up […] Read more »

Digiworld named as a distributor of Apple products in Vietnam

Digiworld Corporation will start selling Apple products from the end of this month, the company’s chairman and general director confirmed with Vietnam News. It is expected that 50,000 Apple products will be distributed to Vietnamese consumers from now to the year-end. “Apple products, especially iPhone and Macbook, are very popular in Vietnam. Vietnamese have a […] Read more »

First Japanese business travelers will arrive in Vietnam since reopening

440 corporate reps and engineers set to arrive in Southeast Asian nation by Saturday About 440 Japanese nationals with business ties in Vietnam will arrive in the Southeast Asian nation by Saturday after being barred from entry for months due to travel restrictions enacted to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Nikkei reported. According to the Nikkei, […] Read more »

Should Vietnam allow foreigners to own hospitality property?

To reduce unsold inventory and boost tourism infrastructure investment, the Construction Ministry has proposed that foreign investors are allowed to own hospitality property. Towards this, current laws on real estate ownership should be changed to increase the foreign ownership cap in apartment buildings and allow foreigners to own hospitality properties like condotels and villas, it […] Read more »