- Authorities in Vietnam have been taking various measures to respond to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in the country on December 28. The Ministry of Health plans to finish providing the third dose to local residents at the earliest, with priorities given to people over 50 years old and those with underlying conditions.
- The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) had reached agreement with the aviation authorities of Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Cambodia, and the U.S. to resume regular international flights from January 1. South Korea, Laos, and China have yet to approve the flight resumption plan while Thailand has proposed more discussion.
- Vietnam requires foreign arrivals under the new guideline effective from January 1, 2022 allows fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19 to self-isolate for three days, and the others for seven days.
- Vietnam government issued a fiat demanding that health workers finish administering the third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the eligible adult population in the first quarter of 2022.
- Income losses and fears about the Covid-19 stigma they could face in their hometowns, migrant workers are opting to stay in major cities instead of returning home for the coming Lunar New Year.
Ho Chi Minh City
- Ho Chi Minh City will not hold fireworks displays to usher in New Year, Mr. Pham Duc Hai, deputy chief of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
- Vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc has advised local residents to refrain from participating in large gatherings on weekends and during the upcoming New Year holiday given the ongoing risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ho Chi Minh City has experienced a decrease in the number of daily Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the past week. For the past seven days, the number of daily infections in the city has remained below 1,000 compared to an average 1,200-1,400 per day in the past month.
- Air passengers from Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho City to other cities/provinces in Vietnam are no longer required to test negative for the novel coronavirus prior to their departure, according to a new regulation announced by the Ministry of Transport.
- Ho Chi Minh City has spent more than VND 9.1 trillion (US$398.7 million) on COVID-19 prevention and control efforts in 2021, according to the municipal People’s Committee.
- Three more downtown districts in Hanoi including Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, and Tay Ho will suspend dine-in service as the city is now classified as areas at high risk of COVID-19 transmission.
– Authorities in Hanoi have required all arrivals from countries where the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been detected to undergo concentrated quarantine even if they have been fully vaccinated.
– Hanoi, currently the nation’s coronavirus epicenter, has also instructed laboratories to conduct gene sequencing for detecting the variant while testing. Random testing will be done of people who entered Vietnam in the last 28 days after being to countries with Omicron.
Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang)
- Khanh Hoa Provincial has issued a plan on the coronavirus vaccine booster and additional vaccine rollout with 1,370,000 doses expected to be administered.
- Khanh Hoa province, including Nha Trang city, will not hold New Year’s Eve countdown celebration on December 31 night. Some activities such as exhibition, music and art shows will be organized but adjusted in scale and form to ensure safety amid the pandemic.
- 325 Russian tourists with COVID-19 vaccine passports arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam on December 26 to enjoy a package tour. In 2021, Khanh Hoa served about 643,000 visitors, including nearly 23,000 foreigners, posting a year-on-year drop of 48.55 percent and 94.81 percent.
- The Da Nang People’s Committee Vice Chairwoman Ngo Thi Kim Yen on December 29 stated that new COVID-19 cases in Da Nang remain in triple-digit numbers while COVID-19 hotspots are emerging in the city. Mrs Yen remarked that crowded alleys are high-risk areas for spreading the virus.
- During Christmas and New Year holidays, there will be a combined total of 284 domestic flights to Da Nang from Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Buon Ma Thuot, Hai Phong, and Can Tho. On January 1, 2022, a total of 27 flights operated by Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Bamboo Airways are set to land in Da Nang.