The Ministry of Health urged city and provincial people’s committees, health departments and citizens across the country to take preventions against a possible bird flu over the next 16 days ahead of the Lunar New Year and during first months of the new year.
As Lunar New Year (Tết) approaches, firecracker smuggling is again "hot" in the border areas. Several tonnes have already been seized by customs authorities as they head across the border into Việt Nam.
As the flow of goods intensifies in anticipation of increased demand during the Christmas and New Year season, there has also been an uptick in smuggling, authorities say.
Border guards in the northern province of Quảng Ninh reported they have repeatedly detained people for smuggling fish from China.