Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Saturday evening reported two new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, who had returned to the country from Kuwait on June 18 and had been quarantined upon arrival. The country’s tally is now at 355, with 330 having recovered.
-- The British Embassy in Hanoi has proposed that a 43-year-old British pilot, who is Vietnam’s most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, be brought back to his home country on July 12, as he has made remarkable improvement over the past weeks.
-- A total of 310 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Singapore due to the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on Saturday afternoon. They were then brought to quarantine centers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Ho Chi Minh City.
-- The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has suspended 27 Pakistani pilots who have been working for national carrier Vietnam Airlines after authorities in Pakistan had discovered that over 250 pilots in the South Asian country have been using fake licenses.
-- Hot weather caused forest fires in three districts in the north-central province of Nghe An on Saturday. It took firefighters multiple hours to put out the flames.
-- Vietnam has recorded a year-on-year decrease of 15.1 percent in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to US$15.67 billion in the first six months of 2020, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
-- Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a speech at the 'Hanoi 2020 – Investment & Development Cooperation' conference on Saturday, an event that was aimed at promoting post-COVID-19 economic recovery and development in the capital.
-- This year’s Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival is scheduled to take place from June 17 to July 2 at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1 with a variety of activities and events to celebrate the country’s traditional gown.
-- A job and education fair was organized in the northern city of Hai Phong and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and the Ministry of Education and Training on Sunday morning.
-- The novel coronavirus has infected over 8.9 million people around the world while killing more than 466,200, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health's statistics. Over 4.73 million patients have recovered from COVID-19.