Read what is in the news today:
— Vietnam strongly protests China’s establishment of the so-called “Sansha city” and related acts in the East Vietnam Sea as they seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, the Vietnamese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on Sunday.
— Vietnam has gone four days without reporting a single new patient of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The country’s COVID-19 remains at 268, with 202 recoveries.
— The Vietnamese Embassy in Canada has warned Vietnamese citizens against engaging in financial transactions with organizations or individuals that pledge to arrange flights back to Vietnam that are not licensed by the Vietnamese government.
— Vietnamese Vice-State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has sent a letter to the inventor of the so-called “rice ATM,” which dispenses rice for free to those in need, to praise his creativity that has helped those in disadvantaged circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has requested an inspection into Ho Chi Minh City’s leasing of 82.5 hectares of land in Tan Phu District to real estate firm Gamuda Land for project development without collecting money from the company.
— Vietnam’s National Lung Hospital director Nguyen Viet Nhung has advised against administering the BCG tuberculosis vaccine, which is being trialed in several European countries and Australia against COVID-19, to adults under any circumstances as it could result in unwanted reactions.
— Vietnamese automaker Truong Hai Auto Corporation, or THACO, has said that it will export 69 semi-trailers to the United States in late May as a result of cooperation between THACO and PITTS Enterprises Company – one of 15 major semi-trailers manufacturers in North America.
— Though the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a shadow over the global economy, the Ho Chi Minh City office space market has not been badly affected this year, according to property consultancy companies CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle.
— A two-day online book fair, at book365.vn, kicked off on Sunday in celebration of the seventh Vietnam Book Day that falls on April 21 each year. This is the first time the annual book fair has been held online as the country continues to practice social distancing owing to COVID-19.
— Over 2.4 million people have caught COVID-19 while more than 165,000 have been killed by the disease globally as of Monday morning, according to statistics. About 625,000 have recovered.