What you need to know today:
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday hailed the European Parliament’s ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) as a great event to mark the 30th anniversary of Vietnam-EU diplomatic relations, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Malaysia's King Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on Thursday proposed that Vietnam and Malaysia beef up bilateral cooperation in various fields, particularly in the fight against transnational crime, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- A police officer was terminated past midnight on Friday, when he resisted law enforcement with a gun from a house in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. The policeman, Le Quoc Tuan, had been wanted for shooting five to death over gambling disputes and robbery.
-- More than 5,000 Chinese workers are quarantined for monitoring signs of COVID-19 infection in 41 provinces and cities in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs.
-- About 660,000 livestock animals are being isolated in Chuong My District, Hanoi to curb the spread of the A/H5N6 bird flu, local authorities said.
-- Almost 98 percent of workers have resumed their work after the Lunar New Year festival despite the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung told reporters on Thursday.
-- Budget carrier Vietjet has opened a series of five direct routes connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang with New Delhi and Mumbai in India to make inroads into this market of 1.5 billion people.
-- Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training has said that local authorities are advised to let students return to school only when measures are taken to prevent the possible contagion of the novel coronavirus.
-- The chairman of the northern Vietnamese province of Lang Son, Pham Ngoc Thuong, has been appointed Deputy Minister of Education and Training.