Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a phone discussion with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday regarding the two countries' joint efforts in the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the enhancement of their bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.
-- Three new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Monday evening, raising Vietnam’s tally to 265, while doctors are expected to announce nine recovery cases on Tuesday.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting on Monday that the government will decide whether or not to extend the nationwide social distancing period on Wednesday, April 15.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and seven other Vietnamese localities have requested that the social distancing period be extended to the end of April.
-- A 74-year-old British man who became Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 28 in March was discharged from the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on Monday evening and boarded a flight arranged by the UK government back to his home country on the same night. He was previously in bad health and required breathing support from a ventilator.
-- A 60-year-old Briton, who had recovered from COVID-19 after his treatment in the central city of Da Nang, has recently tested positive again for the novel coronavirus, according to health authorities Ho Chi Minh City. He had returned to the UK before his test results came out.
-- A 24-year-old Vietnamese man wanted for assault was arrested at a quarantine camp in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on Monday after he had recently returned to Vietnam from Thailand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City have launched an investigation after the body of an unidentified man was found inside a sack along Phan Van Tri Street in Go Vap District on Monday night.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected over 1.92 million people and killed more than 119,500 others around the world, according to statistics. More than 443,800 patients have recovered worldwide.