Read what is in the news today.
— Vietnam has recorded no new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for 48 hours – for the first time in 40 days – keeping its tally at 268, with 198 patients having recovered as of Saturday morning.
— Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Ngo Minh Chau said during a videoconference on COVID-19 prevention and control on Friday afternoon that some local residents have started to take preventive measures lightly and violate social distancing regulations.
— Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung on Friday requested the municipal health department to cooperate with the city’s Center for Disease Control to launch quick COVID-19 tests at five large wholesale markets in the districts of Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Long Bien, Ba Dinh, and Thuong Tin and testing en masse all residents at a village in Thuong Tin.
— The Hanoi People's Procuracy on Friday afternoon approved the municipal police’s decision to prosecute three people managing a company in Dong Da District for making thousands of fake medical gears.
— A man in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City confessed to making VND500,000 (US$21.43) a day and having saved up VND50 million ($2,143) over the past three months by begging on the street as he was summoned to a police station on Friday afternoon. The man, who is not actually homeless, was found with a dozen fake IDs in his possession.
— Vietnam’s Industry and Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh held phone talks with China’s General Administration of Customs Director Ni Yuefeng and Commerce Minister Zhong San on Friday to identify measures aimed at addressing the growing backlog of Vietnamese exports at border areas since the beginning of this month.
— An ‘ao dai’ design contest has been jointly launched by the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism with an aim of promoting both the image and the cultural value that the traditional long dress has in Vietnamese society.
— The Asian Football Confederation has postponed all matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers scheduled for June, including a Vietnam-Indonesia game in Hanoi, until October or November this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchased tickets for these matches can be refunded.
— Vietnam Professional Football (VPF), which organizes the country’s top football leagues, has announced its plan to resume tournaments on May 15 if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled as authorities gave them approval on Thursday afternoon.
— Over 2.24 million people have caught COVID-19 while more than 154,000 have been killed by the disease as of Saturday morning, according to statistics. About 570,000 have recovered.