Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed only one new case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday evening and did not announce any case on Sunday morning. The country’s COVID-19 tally stands at 240, of whom 90 have recovered.
-- A total of 89 health workers at four hospitals in Hanoi who had contact with Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 237, a Swedish man, had tested negative for the virus by Saturday evening.
-- Starting from Sunday, people who come from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s two COVID-19 epicenters, to the central city of Da Nang will be quarantined for 14 days and have to pay for all the expenses during the isolation period, the Da Nang administration stated.
-- According to the Hanoi Department of Justice, people will be fined up to VND20 million (US$849) for violating regulations on COVID-19 prevention in the capital.
-- Police in the northern city of Hai Phong have initiated legal proceedings against a 43-year-old woman for refusing to have her body temperature measured and slapping a police officer on Friday.
-- A cold spell is expected to bring rain, thunderstorms, and occasional hailstorms to multiple provinces in northern and north-central Vietnam, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.
-- Police in the southern province of Dong Nai on Saturday arrested a 35-year-old man for spreading tire-puncturing nails along National Highway 51 so that the victims would come to his repair shop and have their tires patched or replaced.
-- Vietnam exported 7.5 million metric tons of cement and clinker valued at $291 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 40 percent in quantity and 20 percent in value year-on-year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade stated.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 1.2 million people and killed more than 64,600 around the world as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics. More than 246,100 patients have recovered.