China's capital of Beijing with more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on June 11, with over 200 so far confirmed positive for the virus. Beijing is facing a second wave of Covid-19, linked to the Xinfadi wholesale market, a food distribution center in the city. … [Read more...] about Vietnam not ready to reopen doors to foreign tourists: PM
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Vietnam had earlier this month lifted the requirement of 14-day quarantine at centralized facilities for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats entering the country for less than 14 days, but required them to comply with all Covid-19 prevention measures including wearing masks and refraining from shaking hands. … [Read more...] about Vietnam mulls quarantining foreigners in hotels
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam’s current account surplus could narrow to 3.7 percent in 2020 from 4.9 percent last year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Fitch Solutions. In a recent report on Vietnam’s outlook, the UK-based financial information services provider said this would mainly be due to the drop in tourism causing a sharp fall in the services trade balance. "We expect the collapse in tourism as a result of COVID-19 induced travel restrictions to cripple services exports," Fitch said in a statement. "Indeed, following border closures, tourist arrivals have fallen significantly from generally above a million every month to below 30,000 from April to July." Meanwhile, Fitch said, the primary income deficit was likely to narrow slightly on the back of Vietnam’s economic growth outperformance relative to the global economy, which will support profits for foreign investors and by extension, the income paid abroad. The external goods trade … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s current account surplus forecast at 3.7 percent
Vietnam suspended all international flights on March 25. Many foreigners who have been kept out of the country due to travel restrictions have pleaded with the government to reopen the borders and resume international flights so they could reunite with their families. … [Read more...] about Vietnam requires seven-day centralized quarantine for foreigners as it resumes flights
But, willfully ignoring the time I gave a horrendous and very public performance at a wedding, I’d rather keep my karaoke behind closed doors and more importantly, in a soundproof room. Why go deep into the glorious Vietnamese countryside just to taint the pristine environment with my bluster? Why would I want to deafen perfect strangers? … [Read more...] about Do foreigners have the right to complain about countryside karaoke?