No Zika cases found in Việt Nam
More than 200 samples collected from localities across the country tested negative for the Zika virus as of March 18, according to data from the General Department of Preventive Medicine.
The department will continue inspection and coordination with other agencies to prevent the disease from spreading to the country.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health launched a campaign to kill mosquitoes. Pregnant women and those who expect to be pregnant in the next six months are advised not to travel to Zika-hit countries.
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40,000 households in Tiền Giang forced to use saline water
More than 40,000 households in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang have been forced to use salty water as saline intrusion continues.
The Tiền Giang Water Supply Company Limited has had to treat saline water in the Tiền River. The salinity rate of water after treating was around 500mg per litre, 200mg per litre higher than the Ministry of Health’s standard.
This is the first time the province’s residents have had to use saline water.
Passengers held for carrying foreign currency
The HCM City Customs Department has fined a Vietnamese passenger for illegally carrying more than 3 million notes of Japanese yen (US$26,900).
Tân Sơn Nhất International Airports Custom Division said that passengers carrying such an amount are required under law to declare it at customs.
The passenger was on a flight from Việt Nam to Japan.
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451,000 kWh of electricity saved during Earth Hour
Việt Nam saved 451,000 kWh of electricity after turning off unnecessary electrical devices during Earth Hour on March 19, according to data from the General Department of Energy under the Ministry of Industry and Trade
The event lasted from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The total saved electricity was equivalent to VNĐ731.5 million ($32,800).
Earth Hour was established by the Word Wide Fund for Nature. Around 7,000 cities in 172 countries and territories took part in the campaign.
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