Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, head of the National Election Council, chaired the first meeting of the council in Hanoi on Monday in the run-up to the elections of 15th-tenure legislature and all-level People’s Councils for 2021-26.
-- Vietnam documented 10 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday morning, including seven cases in Da Nang City and three in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam, all of which can be traced to the Da Nang Hospital outbreak. The country’s tally sits at 652, with 374 having recovered and six deaths.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will start fining people who fail to wear face masks in public from Wednesday, August 5 in an effort to curb the COVID-19 epidemic, the city’s chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong announced on Monday.
-- Ho Chi Minh City authorities have tracked 28 citizens who had contact with a Japanese man who is the director of a company based in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The patient had been to multiple places in Ho Chi Minh City and Lam Dong before heading back to Tokyo, where he tested positive for the coronavirus.
-- Approximately 300 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Canada and South Korea due to COVID-19 were repatriated on Monday evening and have been brought to quarantined centers in the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long and Soc Trang.
-- Over 400 visitors stranded in the central city of Da Nang are expected to be flown to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on two flights with registration open until 5:30 pm Wednesday, the municipal Department of Tourism said on Monday.
-- The Hanoi People’s Court on Monday sentenced a 26-year-old Scotsman to two years in prison for the illegal sale of narcotics. He will be deported after finishing his jail term.
-- A Hanoi man lost his memories after a wheelbarrow fell from the fifth floor of a building and hit his head on Monday afternoon.
-- Vietnam Airlines reported VND6 trillion (US$257.1 million) in second-quarter revenue, down by nearly 70 percent from the previous quarter, as a result of a month-long social distancing order in April and the ongoing suspension of international flights. Vietjet Air also reported a loss of over VND2.11 trillion ($90.5 million) in the first half of this year.
-- More than 18.4 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus around the world while more than 696,800 have lost their lives, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health's statistics. Above 11.6 million patients have recovered.