Read what is in the news today:
— Vietnam on Thursday morning reported the 268th case of coronavirus infection, a 16-year-old girl of an ethnic minority living in the mountainous province of Ha Giang, which borders China.
— The Department of Construction of Hanoi has allowed all construction works in the city to resume from Thursday, April 16, after a ban from April 1 to 15 during the social distancing period that has been extended by one week for the capital, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and nine other provinces.
— Eateries and catering stores in the central city of Da Nang are allowed to provide online and take-away services from Thursday after a required closure from April 1 to 15 during the social distancing period.
— The Government Office has proposed adding freelance tour guides to the list of people who will enjoy benefits of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs’ measures to support people facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Ministry of Transport denied formulating a protection policy for national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines in an announcement on Wednesday night on solutions for supporting and resolving difficulties for Vietnamese aviation enterprises to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Ministry of Industry and Trade and its finance counterpart have been requested to report to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the implementation of exporting 400,000 metric tons of rice in April, after the media reported that enterprises had not received sufficient information and faced difficulties in customs procedures.
— Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Jestar Pacific have increased their services between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Thursday, under the administration and licensing of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
— Many provinces and cities in Vietnam have extended school closures until at least the end of April due the complicated development of COVID-19.
— Education officials in the southern province of Binh Phuoc are working to verify videos uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon that capture a violent fight involving two groups of teenage girls near a local high school on the same day.
— The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 2,083,000 people and killed more than 134,600 around the world, according to statistics. More than 510,100 patients have recovered worldwide.