VND1 trillion from second COVID-19 relief package disbursed

VOV.VN - Hundreds of thousands of freelance workers and employees who lost their jobs due to the economic impact of COVID-19 have now received over VND1 trillion from Vietnam’s second relief package.

As much as 1,037 billion has been disbursed to support 838,000 workers from 37 cities and provinces, mostly in the south, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

MOLISA Minister Dao Ngoc Dung said migrant workers, including lottery sellers and street vendors, are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19, and it is very difficult to carry out aid policy for this group of beneficiaries.

However, he assured that his ministry has requested localities to simplify procedures to ensure all people in need, including migrant workers, enjoy the State policy.

In early July the Government approved a resolution to implement a VND26,000 billion relief package for people affected by the fresh coronavirus outbreak that started in April 2021.

Last year, the Government also endorsed a similar package worth VND62,000 billion to support businesses and people in cushioning the impact of COVID-19.  

Vietnam is battling with the fourth coronavirus outbreak, with the virus spreading to almost all 63 cities and provinces across the country and more than 180,000 cases recorded.