Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam, as Chairman of ASEAN in 2020, has issued a statement on ASEAN’s joint response to the outbreak of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the face of the complicated developments of the epidemic.
-- It is expected to be cloudy, with temperatures decreasing, in southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, at the beginning of next week, the southern hydro-meteorological station reported, adding that it will get hotter in the second half of the week.
-- About 22 people have been placed under quarantine at their homes after having close contact with a man and his girlfriend, who previously traveled from Son Loi Commune in Vinh Phuc Province, which is considered Vietnam’s COVID-19 epicenter, to the girlfriend’s hometown in northern Lai Chau Province.
-- Two men and a woman have gone missing after a raft carrying 12 people capsized along La Ma River in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on Saturday morning.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed they had arrested 11 people who are involved in the case of Le Quoc Tuan, a policeman who was killed following a standoff with law enforcement officers on Thursday, about two weeks after he shot to death five people with an AK rifle and stole a large amount of money from a gambling ring.
-- A survey of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs showed that 322 enterprises in Vietnam have suspended their operations, while 553 others reduced or narrowed their production and business scale due to the COVID-19 epidemic
-- Son La hydropower company, based in the namesake northern Vietnamese province, has set a target of producing over 11.7 billion kWh of electricity in 2020, up by about 2.5 billion kWh compared to the previous year.
-- Nearly 69,200 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 1,665 killed globally as of Sunday morning, according to the South China Morning Post.