Measures proposed to remove difficulties for goods circulation amidst COVID-19

Tuesday, 2021-02-23 09:10:12
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Hanoi people join hands in consuming agricultural products from Hai Duong Province. (Photo: Hanoimoi)
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NDO – On February 22, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) said that it has reported to the Prime Minister on a package of measures to remove difficulties for goods circulation and boost the consumption of farm produce amidst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, the ministry recommended the PM direct the Ministry of Health to issue consistent guidance on the circulation of people, goods and vehicles between pandemic-hit localities and other localities, while mobilising units capable of conducting COVID-19 testing to support pandemic-hit provinces and serve the needs of COVID-19 testing for drivers in the shortest possible time, aiming to reduce congestion in the circulation of goods from the pandemic areas outside.

For localities, it is necessary to implement measures to support goods circulation and ensure that vehicles transporting goods in service of the people’s consumption and production activities can move smoothly.

Pandemic-hit localities and neighbouring localities should proactively work with experienced cities and provinces to organise safe goods transportation and circulation models that are suitable to the practical conditions and ensure effective COVID-19 prevention and control.

In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should coordinate with relevant agencies in guiding the agro-forestry and fishery production process to ensure disease prevention and control, as well as inform the industry and trade sector about the agricultural commodities of food and disease safety to accelerate domestic consumption and serve exports.

* Hyosung Vietnam Real Estate JSC has recently donated VND580 million (US$25,262), including VND500 million in cash and VND80 million worth of medical masks and antiseptic water, to support the anti-COVID-19 efforts in Hai Duong Province’s Kinh Mon Town.

Hyosung Vietnam Real Estate JSC donates VND580 million to Kinh Mon Town.

In total, from January 30 to February 22, Kinh Mon has received more than VND8 billion (US$348,484) in donations from 80 agencies, businesses and philanthropists for its pandemic fight.

* Students in the northern province of Quang Ninh will return to school from March 1 after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday was extended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, heard a meeting of the standing board of the provincial Party Committee on February 22.

However, COVID-19 prevention and control measures will be tightened at the local schools. Notably, schools in Dong Trieu Town, which borders Hai Duong Province’s Chi Linh City - a COVID-19 hotspot - will reopen in one week, depending on the situation at the time.

* Lockdown and social distancing measures were lifted in 14 out of 18 areas in Hanoi, Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien reported on February 22.

Addressing a meeting of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on the same day, Hien said if there are no more suspected cases of SARS-CoV-2 found this week, the city will remove lockdown measures in the remaining areas.

According to Vice Director of the department Hoang Duc Hanh, Hanoi has basically completed SARS-CoV-2 testing for people returning from the northern province of Hai Duong - the country's largest COVID-19 hotspot.

Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung speaks at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung stressed that although Hanoi has gone through seven straight days with no new COVID-19 cases recorded, the risk of infection in the community remains high.

He asked the committee and local anti-pandemic forces to continue strictly implementing preventive measures and conducting SARS-CoV-2 testing at hospitals, health facilities, clinics and concentrated quarantine areas, in order to effectively contain the spread of the pandemic.