Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered competent authorities to quarantine all people arriving from areas hit by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in South Korea to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
-- Those who enter Vietnam from South Korea have been officially required to fill out medical declaration forms amid the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the East Asian country, the Ministry of Health stated on Monday.
-- Clams farmed by residents in the north-central province of Nghe An have died en masse for no apparent reason, causing damage worth up to billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$43,100).
-- A total of 25 rural bridges worth more than VND34 billion ($1.4 million), which were largely funded by some local organizations which had been persuaded by former State President Truong Tan Sang, were opened to traffic in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Monday.
-- Police in Hanoi confirmed on Monday they had concluded an investigation into a case where a married couple posed as military officers to scam nearly 1,000 people out of over VND83 billion ($3.5 million).
-- More than 1,000 businesses located at processing, industrial and hi-tech parks in Ho Chi Minh City are set to have solar panels installed on their rooftops in the next few years in an effort to promote clean energy.
-- The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs has stated that it will soon suspend the granting of new work permits to foreign laborers who come from areas hit by COVID-19.
-- Authorities in the central province of Quang Nam recently approved a plan to earmark VND253 billion ($10.91 million) for a conservation project in Hoi An Ancient Town during the 2020-25 period, with a vision for 2030.
-- Over 80,100 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 2,700 killed globally as of Monday morning, according to the South China Morning Post. The number of confirmed cases in South Korea has reached 893.