Read what is in the news today:
-- Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have proposed imposing quarantine restrictions on people arriving from South Korea and Japan as the numbers of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in these countries have shot up in recent days.
-- Many flights between Vietnam and South Korea have been canceled while Vietnamese tourists are aborting their planned tours to South Korea en masse due to recent developments of the COVID-19 epidemic in the East Asian country, which raised its infectious disease alert to its highest level on Sunday as confirmed coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 602 and the death toll rose to five.
-- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has adopted a number of measures to protect Vietnamese citizens living in South Korea, including ordering the Embassy of Vietnam there to launch a round-the-clock hotline, 82 106 315 6618, and advising citizens to avoid traveling to areas hit by or vulnerable to the COVID-19 in the East Asian country, where around 200,000 Vietnamese are living and working.
-- The northern Vietnamese province of Cao Bang, which shares its international border with China’s Guangxi Province, has run out of rooms for quarantining people returning from China and has had to send hundreds of cases to the neighboring provinces of Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen for isolation.
-- The Japanese government will provide non-refundable aid worth 1.88 billion Japanese yen (US$16.84 million) for Ho Chi Minh City to upgrade its existing sewerage system using trenchless technologies under an agreement signed in the southern metropolis this week.
-- Work on Ho Chi Minh City’s Metro Line No. 2, connecting downtown Ben Thanh Market and Tham Luong Depot in District 2, will start in 2021, according to the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways.
-- A leader of Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday the ministry plans to launch a PR campaign on Monday to promote Vietnam as a “safe” destination for international tourists as the country’s tourism has taken a blow due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
-- Gold prices in Vietnam continued to rise for the third consecutive day on Sunday to reach VND46.05 million (US$1,985) per tael (1 tael = 37.8 grams), the highest level since 2012, according to prices listed by the Saigon Jewelry Company (SJC).
-- South Korean Park Hang Seo - the head coach of Vietnam’s national and U-23 men’s football teams, and his wife landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Sunday evening after a five-hour flight from Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. Vietnam will play a friendly with Kyrgyzstan on March 26 before facing hosts Malaysia on March 31 in Asia's second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
-- Over 78,900 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 2,467 killed globally as of Monday morning, according to the South China Morning Post.