Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- A ceremony was held at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on Monday, chaired by Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, to mark the 130th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed four new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday evening, including two flight attendants of a flight from Russia and two students who previously came back from the United States. The country’s tally now stands at 324, with 263 having recovered.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are expediting multiple roadworks along Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, which is usually susceptible to serious inundation, as the rainy season is approaching.
-- Serious subsidence has recently occurred along a more-than-50-meter section of Provincial Highway No. 965 in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, posing dangers for commuters along this route.
-- A violent confrontation recently broke out between two groups of men armed with knives and guns in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, resulting in injuries for three of them and two by-passers, police confirmed on Monday.
-- The Management Authority for Urban Railways in Ho Chi Minh City has urged Vietnamese authorities to allow foreign experts to enter the country for further implementation of metro route No.1, as international arrivals are still restricted due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
-- In a document released by the government on Monday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed relevant authorities to focus on supporting businesses to overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and to take advantage of opportunities to restart the economy in a prompt manner.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Taxation is planning to inspect businesses that have gained a lot of profits and suffer little impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Multiple musical and artistic performances were organized in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the northern province of Tuyen Quang, the north-central province of Nghe An, and the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Monday evening to mark the 130th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected over 4.88 million people and killed more than 319,900 around the globe as of Tuesday morning, according to statistics. More than 1.9 million patients have recovered from COVID-19.