Read what is in the news today.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Friday night confirmed two new patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant, bringing the total number of infections in the Southeast Asian country to 47, with 16 having recovered.
-- Police in the northern province of Son La on Friday afternoon arrested and started legal proceedings against a former provincial police colonel for bribing in the scandalous national high school exam test-score manipulation in 2018.
-- Authorities in the central city of Da Nang on Friday afternoon decided to discharge water from the reservoirs of A Vuong and Song Bung 4 hydroelectric plants in order to wash saline water out of the Cau Do and Vinh Dien rivers to ensure enough freshwater supply for locals’ daily lives and production activities.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Friday that they had busted a gambling den armed with guns in Binh Thanh District, detaining 44 people and seizing VND500 million (US$21,526) as well as other physical evidence at the scene.
-- Sixty-seven people in the south-central province of Binh Thuan who had close contact with nine new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the locality tested negative for the virus, director of the provincial Department of Health Nguyen Quoc Viet said on Friday afternoon.
-- More than 3,000 household businesses were dissolved or suspended their operations in Hanoi in the first two months of this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Vietnamese capital city’s Tax Department.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam has asked Vietnamese credit institutions and foreign banks’ branches in the country to disinfect their cash in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 epidemic.
-- Two Vietnamese singers, Chi Pu and Ha Anh Tuan, respectively donated VND1 billion ($42,053) and VND1.95 billion ($83,952) to build four negative pressure isolation rooms for COVID-19 treatment in Hanoi, while MIN, another Vietnamese singer, sent medical supplies to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital city to help fight the viral disease.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected more than 138,000 people and killed almost 5,100 others around the world, according to Ministry of Health statistics. About 70,500 patients have fully recovered to date.