Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam logged four new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday morning, including two imported cases, one in Ho Chi Minh City, and one in the central province of Quang Ngai. The country’s tally stands at 590, with 373 having made a recovery.
-- Tropical storm Sinlaku, the second to hit Vietnam this year, was located about 120km southeast of north-central provinces as of 4:00 am on Sunday and is forecast to make landfall within the next 12 hours, bringing heavy downpours to the region.
-- Twenty-three employees of a company in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have been quarantined after their Japanese director tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon landing in Japan on Saturday.
-- As of Saturday afternoon, authorities in Hanoi have conducted quick COVID-19 tests on nearly 50,000 out of 72,725 people returning from central Da Nang City, Vietnam’s current epicenter.
-- Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Saturday busted three karaoke parlors for operating and letting their guests use narcotics despite social distancing regulations implemented by provincial authorities.
-- Officers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang are investigating a road accident where a three-year-old girl was fatally hit by a tipper truck while crossing a street on Saturday morning.
-- A woman in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has been fined VND7.5 million (US$321) for posting the travel history of a COVID-19 patient on Facebook when the information was yet to be confirmed by local authorities.
-- An online forum co-hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam has recently been organized in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the positive impact of the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
-- Nearly 18 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus around the world while more than 687,800 have lost their lives, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health's statistics. Above 11.3 million patients have recovered.