Read what is in the news today:
-- Two more novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relapse cases brought the total number of people retesting positive after previous recoveries in Vietnam to 11 on Wednesday evening, while the country’s infection tally remained at 270 as of Thursday morning.
-- Non-essential services like clothes and cosmetics shops have been barred from opening earlier than 9:00 am every day in Hanoi to reduce morning traffic density, per an order from the Vietnamese capital city’s chairman Nguyen Duc Chung on Tuesday.
-- The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion is working with the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to formulate guidelines on receiving, storing, and transporting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as a possible treatment for the disease.
-- The Ministry of Transport on Wednesday evening allowed private inter-province bus lines to resume their full daily journeys after previously cutting them by half to meet the high travel demand during the two public holidays of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1).
-- Police in the northern province of Lao Cai, which borders China, on Wednesday started legal proceedings against two local men for illegally organizing the transportation of Vietnamese people across the Vietnam – China border.
-- Vietnam imported about one million metric tons of petroleum products in April, spending US$145 billion, according to the General Department of Customs. The figure demonstrates a sharp increase by 105 percent in volume, but a decline by 27.6 percent in value from last month.
-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a directive to deregulate the export licensing policy for medical masks that was issued on February 28 to ease the shipment of the grain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Attractions and hotels in tourism hotspots across Vietnam, including the coastal central city of Da Nang, Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam, Hue City in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, have offered discounts and promotions to attract tourists as the COVID-19 social distancing rules have been relaxed in the country.
-- Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung allowed elementary schools and kindergartens to welcome students back from May 11, as he chaired a meeting of the municipal steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control on Wednesday afternoon.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected over 3.2 million people and claimed more than 227,500 lives around the world as of Thursday morning, according to statistics. About 997,200 people have recovered from COVID-19.