Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients increased to 179 on Sunday morning after the Ministry of Health reported five new cases, four of which are linked to Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang confirmed on Saturday they were investigating the reason for the death of an 81-year-old woman at a local quarantine camp. She has tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
-- Specialized units of the Vietnamese military disinfected the entire premises of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi on Saturday evening, as 16 people have been infected with COVID-19 at the infirmary so far.
-- The People’s Committee in the central city of Da Nang has suspended all activities at public beaches in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.
-- Three people were killed after two motorbikes traveling in opposite directions crashed into each other in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on Saturday night.
-- Vietnam ran a trade surplus of US$2.8 billion in the first quarter of this year, which is higher than the same period of last year despite the growing COVID-19 epidemic, the General Statistics Office reported on Saturday.
-- National carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced that it will reduce the number of domestic routes from 35 to 8 between March 28 and April 15 in compliance with the prime minister’s directive to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.
-- Activities marking the 2020 Earth Hour were carried out online and on television from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday to avoid the gathering of people amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 662,500 people and killed more than 30,800 others around the world as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics. More than 141,400 patients have recovered.