By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh
HCMC’s imports and exports soar in Jan-Feb period
The Saigon Times
|A container ship docks at the Tan Cang-Cai Mep Terminal. HCMC recorded an increase in both imports and exports in the first two months of 2021 – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – HCMC earned nearly US$8 billion in export revenue and spent US$10.92 billion on imports in the first two months of the year, rising over 25% and 53% against last year’s figures, respectively, according to the HCMC Department of Statistics.
Without crude oil, the city’s export revenue would amount to US$7.6 billion, up over 26% year-on-year.
Specifically, in the two-month period, the city exported wood and wooden products worth over US$220 million, up over 60% versus last year’s figure. The export of machinery, equipment, tools and spare parts fetched US$400 million, up 23%; computers, electronics and accessories saw US$2.57 billion, up over 11% and rice saw US$135 million, improving over 5%.
The city’s imports of plastic materials in the year to February surged 52%, fuel products were up by 44% and garment-leather-footwear materials by 16%.
Further, China remained HCMC’s largest trade partner. Businesses in the city exported nearly US$1.8 billion and purchased some US$3.3 billion worth of goods to and from China, up some 31% and 78%, respectively, over the figures recorded in the same period last year.
The United States was the second largest importer of the city, followed by Japan and South Korea. Meanwhile, Singapore was the city’s biggest exporter.
By Kim Loan – Translated by Kim Khanh
By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh
The Hanoitimes – Café and restaurants, fitness centers, spa, and hair salons in Ho Chi Minh City have suspended operations from March 24 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ho Chi Minh City authorities have requested all catering services in the locality to close from 18.00 of March 24 to March 31 to limit crowds and help prevent the Covid-19 pandemic more effectively.
|One restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City announces closure according to the city’s order.|
All catering services including fitness centers, spa, hair salons and restaurants with a size of more than 30 people in Ho Chi Minh City are requested to cease operations under a decision of Standing Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem.
This decision is made in the context of the fast spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the city and the effort of the entire country to contain it.
From March 15, the city authorities have requested all 180 bars and beer clubs, nearly 500 karaoke bars, parlors, cinemas and online game shops to close.
As of March 24, the city reported 30 cases of infection (including three cured); 1,526 cases that have contact with patients under supervision; eight cases are awaiting test results; 8,476 people are being quarantined in concentrated centers in the city; 541 quarantined in surrounding provinces and 1,093 are conducting self-isolation at home.
|Staff in one cafe and restaurant in District 1, HCMC are cleaning up and stop its restaurant.|
According to Director of the city’s Department of Health Nguyen Tan Binh, two infected people who potentially spread the virus in the community include a British pilot, identified as patient No.91, and a number of Muslims attending a religious gathering in Malaysia and returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Binh also called on Vietnamese citizens, especially students returning from EU and the US before March 19, to stay home for self-quarantine under the supervision of the local health agencies and authorities. They are requested to refrain from making contact with others even when after the expiration of their 14-day period of isolation
All the five cases in Hai Duong are those who had already been put into centralized quarantine zones before being confirmed infected with the coronavirus. They are being treated at the northern province’s field hospitals.
The five imported cases are those entering Vietnam through Ha Tien international border gate in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang last Thursday and Friday, and were quarantined upon arrival. Sunday test results confirmed they were postivive for the virus.
Vietnam declared 16 patients free of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the number of active cases down to 530.
The country has recorded 857 community transmissions in 13 localities since the third wave began on January 28 after a 55-day clean streak.
Hai Duong remains the biggest hotspot with 673 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (61) and HCMC (36). Ten of the 13 localities haven’t recorded any new community transmissions in the past 15 days.
With the latest cases, the nation’s Covid-19 tally has increased to 2,461 with 1,892 recoveries.