Seafood News

After a sharp decline in August and September, Vietnam’s shrimp exports in October 2021 reached nearly the same period of 2020 export value of $425.3 million, down slightly by 1.5%. After easing the gap since mid-September, the factories have gradually restored production but faced many difficulties. Currently, the number of Covid19 cases in the Mekong Delta region is increasing, putting more pressure on the shrimp suppliers.

Shrimps and seafood suppliers in Vietnam still facing large labor shortage due to the rising cases of Covid19 in the recent weeks. Many provinces unlikely to achieve the vaccination target because they lack vaccine doses provided by the Ministry of Health. In average, most suppliers are running 30% capacity due to labor shortage.

The price of raw materials shrimp in the Mekong Delta is recovering and increasing gradually in the past few weeks, which has partly relieved the risk pressure on shrimp farmers. Main sizes of Vannamei is 30-60 count, while Black Tiger is 20-30 count. Raw shrimp prices in most major producing countries such as India and Indonesia also increase due to shortages.

In October, shrimp exports to the US, EU, and Korean markets increased, while exports to China continued to decline. Vietnam’s vannamei shrimp export value (accounting for 77% of total export shrimp products) increased by 9%, while the export value of black tiger shrimp (accounting for 16%) increased by 1.8%. The export value of sea-caught shrimp decreased by 39 % compared with the same period last year.

The program to build a brand and develop the Vietnamese pangasius market in Australia is making Australian consumers pay attention and have a good impression of Vietnamese delicious basa and pangasius brand.

Covid-19 situation:

Vietnam Nationwide

  • The United States is shipping another 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam, the White House said on November 23.
  • A batch of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Argentine government arrived in Vietnam on November 24.
  • Vietnam saw 12,450 coronavirus cases on November 25, the highest single day figure reported in two months and a half, as a result of the flexible adaptation approach since October 2021.
  • Vietnam’s target of vaccinating all adults in 2021 looks difficult now with many provinces unlikely to achieve the target because they lack vaccine doses. Until now, there are just 23 of Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces that have finished inoculating all people over 18 with the first shot.
  • Another worker in northern Thanh Hoa Province has been confirmed dead after receiving a Vero Cell Covid-19 vaccine shot on November 24, the same day her two colleagues died after the vaccination.
  • The southern Binh Duong Province on Tuesday requested 28,000 coronavirus cases be added to the national database, accounting for around 10 percent of its currently confirmed tally. The cases were detected between July 10 and Nov. 3 in several quarantine zones.
  • Newspapers and Media in Vietnam turned their pages black and white on November 19 to mourn the deaths of over 23,000 people cause by COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City

  • The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has proposed that the quarantine period of COVID-19 patients be reduced to seven days if they are fully vaccinated and do not have any symptoms.
  • A multi-class COVID-19 field hospital in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City is completely full due to a surge in infections. Every single bed at the hospital was filled as of November 24.
  • More than 238,000 children aged 12 to 17 in Ho Chi Minh City have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, accounting for about 33 percent of the residents in this age group, while 671,840 have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots, accounting for 95.6 percent. 
  • Facilities to quarantine and treat Covid-19 patients are idling in HCMC’s industrial parks without operating regulations, even as several facilities in the city are overloaded.

Hanoi

  • Hanoi has requested its localities to remain flexible in the Covid-19 response as the city continues to adjust to a new normal.
  • Authorities in Hanoi have issued guidance on quarantining direct contacts of COVID-19 patients at home in all districts except Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung.
  • The Hanoi People’s Committee has allowed ninth graders in 17 suburban districts and towns to resume offline learning, following the proposal of the municipal Department of Education and Training.

Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang)

  • Khanh Hoa reported nearly 99% adults have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines with over 93% fully vaccinated. 
  • The Khanh Hoa’s vice chairman proposed the government allow visa exemption for foreigners visiting Vietnam during the vaccine passport trial to stimulate international tourism. The central province, home to popular beach towns Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, is one of five localities allowed to welcome back foreign tourists from this month, along with Da Nang, Kien Giang, Quang Nam and Quang Ninh.

Da Nang

  • Authorities in Da Nang City announced on Tuesday a plan to organize an walk-in injection point where anyone in eligible age groups can come and get vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Da Nang recorded 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, November 25, 30 of which were found in the community, nine in local centralised quarantine facilities, 22 during at-home quarantine and the remaining five in locked-down residential sites.

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