First-quarter low growth seeks solutions The nation's economic growth in the first half of the year was at a rate lower than that targeted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic hurting production and business activities. The government is mulling over new solutions to drive the economy forwards, with some international forecasts still proving upbeat. Based on economic performance in the first five months of this year, the government has just reported to the National Assembly Standing Committee its fresh forecast that the economy’s total GDP in the first six months of this year will be nearly VND4 quadrillion (US$174.4 billion), up about 5.8% year-on-year, or 0.42 percentage points lower than the target of 6.22% as set out in the Resolution No.01/NQ-CP released on January 1 on the key tasks for the implementation of the socioeconomic development plan and state budget estimates for 2021. The 5.8% rise will also be 0.12 percentage points lower than the government’s
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Police in Hanoi City have handed over a wanted South Korean man, who is charged with fraud, to the South Korean police after arresting him at a local apartment building. The handover of the hunted man, 58-year-old Shin Youngho, took place on Saturday between the police in Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem District and their South Korean counterparts at the Noi Bai International Airport. Local police earlier detected the hunted foreigner while he was living in a flat of Sunshine City apartment building in the district’s Dong Ngac Ward. The detection came while the district police were conducting inspections at a number of local accommodation facilities. As the foreigner showed signs of suspicion, police checked his passport and visa and detected his overstay in Vietnam, since his authorized stay period expired on September 20, 2019. Through identity verification, the police discovered that Shin Youngho was being hunted by South Korean police for fraud and property appropriation. After
On Friday, following a near three-week social distancing order in Ho Chi Minh City, the southern metropolis recorded the highest daily infections ever, 149, after 137 on Thursday. The city is standing third among affected localities in the ongoing wave, which broke out April 27, with more than 1,400 cases. It has not been able to identify the sources for 11 of its total 14 existing clusters. In more than a few cases, they are frontline medical workers, state officials and factory workers. A company of 791 employees at Tan Tao Industrial Park in Binh Tan District has recorded at least 26 infections. The cluster was detected on June 15 after two workers had medical examinations at a local hospital and were found infected. Binh Tan on Friday afternoon put the People’s Committee office of An Lac Ward under lockdown after a staff member was found having contracted the new coronavirus. The ward hosts the Ehome residential building, currently a cluster of at least 69 infections.