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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims

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A national Covid-19 remembrance day to commemorate lives lost to the pandemic was held Friday night on November 19 in main cities of Hanoi and HCMC along with other localities.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 1 At the memorial service in HCMC 
The main ceremony took place at the Reunification Palace in HCMC while the event was also organized at Thong Nhat Park in the capital city of Hanoi.
Attending at the memorial services included government leaders and family members of the victims.
Religious facilities including churches and pagodas rang their bells while boats and cargo ships docked at ports, sounded their whistles simultaneously at 8:30 p.m during the memorial service.
In HCMC, participants lighted candles and released lanterns onto the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe and Tau Hu-Ben Nghe canals in districts of 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan and Tan Binh.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 2 HCMC turns off the lights in memory of Covid-19 victims .
The event aims to express sympathy for families who have suffered a loss during this pandemic, encourage Covid-19 victims’ relatives to overcome their grief and difficulties as well as remind people not to neglect preventive measures against Covid-19 and work on economic recovery in the city in the new normal state.
Vietnam recorded more than one million Covid-19 infections, including more than 452,000 cases in HCMC. As of November 16, the death toll topped 23,270 people in the country, including 17,263 people in HCMC. The losses have left many millions grieving.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 3 Politburo member Vo Van Thuong, Permanent member of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat offers incenses to Covid-19 victims at the ceremony in HCMC.
The HCMC authorities have organized many activities supporting families of people who died from Covid-19. It is a significant activity aiming at helping relatives of Covid victims overcome their grief and difficulties.
As the nation’s worst-hit locality, HCMC is regaining vitality after Covid-19 pandemic wane thanks to individuals and organizations with their significant contributions to the city’s struggle against the virus, and ministries, departments, localities and religious missions throughout the country that joined hands in response to the municipal government’s call for the community’s forces to participate in the fight against Covid-19.
More than 300,000 officials, over 20,000 healthcare workers and nearly 260,000 police officers, army soldiers and militia members in HCMC and localities across the country have been mobilized to assist the city to control and repel the Covid-19 epidemic since it started.
Besides, many individuals, organizations and businesses have donated money to the national Covid-19 vaccine fund, thousands of tons of medical supplies and commodities to join hands with the municipal authorities in the fight against Covid-19. Tons of foods, essential goods and medical products worth tens of billions of VND have been donated to charitable activities, such as Zero-VND markets, Zero-VND stalls, free rice and egg ATMs and free meals for the poor throughout the city. Millions of welfare bags have been provided to needy people.
The memorial service was also held the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, Can Tho City and Da Nang City.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 4 Secretary of the Party Committee of HCMC Nguyen Van Nen (2nd, R)  and State leaders offer incenses to Covid-19 victims.
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 6 Secretary of the Party Committee of HCMC Nguyen Van Nen
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 7 Representatives of foreign organizations in HCMC
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 8 Offering flowers to Covid-19 victims
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 9 Releasing paper lanterns into river to commemorate Covid-19 deaths
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 10 Residents of the Florita apartment building in District 7 light candles to remember Covid-19 victims.
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 12 Ms. Chanh Si Pha and her two sons light candles to commemorate his husband who died from the pandemic.
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 15 Phap Hoa Pagoda in District 3
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 17 Releasing lanters into Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 24 Representatives of foreign organizations in HCMC attend the ceremony.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 25 A memorial service at the Saigon South Him Lam apartment building 
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 29 At the memorial service in Hanoi 
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 36 Releasing lanters into river in Hanoi
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 44 The memorial service is organized in Can Tho.
National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 45 The memorial service is organized in Da Nang.
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 49 At the memorial service in HCMC
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 51 Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sends a floral wreath to the memorial service in HCMC
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National memorial service held to remember Covid-19 victims ảnh 53 At Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi
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By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

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