Read what is in the news today:
— Vietnam logged no new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday morning. The country’s tally remains at 270, with 221 recoveries.
— One patient in Ho Chi Minh City retested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of relapse cases in Vietnam to nine so far.
— Ho Chi Minh City has removed sports centers and indoor sports businesses from its list of suspended businesses due to COVID-19, effectively allowing gyms to reopen, and raised the threshold of participants in public gatherings to 30 people from 20, according to the latest document on implementing the prime minister's directive No. 19.
— Police in Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam on Tuesday launched a legal probe into the case of “fabricating an organization’s seal and documents” at Trung Nguyen Instant Coffee Corporation, an asset in the high-profile divorce of a couple who run Trung Nguyen, one of Vietnam’s coffee giants.
— Five border defense and police officers in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang were injured on Tuesday when they were attacked by a group of around 200 people caught smuggling 20,000 packs of cigarettes from Cambodia into Vietnam.
— Eighteen kilograms of narcotics — including ecstasy, cannabis, and cocaine — worth around VND60 billion (US$2.55 million) have been confiscated by customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City from 16 packages sent by post from Europe.
— Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday agreed to fully resume the country’s rice exports from May, the government said. The country banned rice exports in March and limited shipments for April to 500,000 metric tons to ensure sufficient domestic food supply during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Standing Committee has agreed to a proposal of the State President that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) should be submitted to the upcoming 9th NA session for approval.
— Ninth- and 12th-graders in Ho Chi Minh City will return to school on May 4, while students of other levels will gradually resume school in the following weeks, the municipal administration announced on Tuesday.
— The novel coronavirus has infected over 3.13 million people and claimed more than 217,800 lives around the world as of Wednesday morning, according to statistics. About 953,200 people have recovered from COVID-19.