Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will attend the third Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Summit, which is due to be held online on Monday, at the invitation of his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith.
-- Vietnam did not record any new case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday morning. The country’s tally remains at 1,014, with 563 having recovered.
-- A 93-year-old woman in the central city of Da Nang became the country’s 26th coronavirus-related death on Saturday. The patient had a history of heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, kidney failure, and dementia.
-- Two young brothers, a five-year-old and a two-year-old, drowned in a lake while their mother was taking a nap in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on Saturday afternoon, police confirmed on the same day.
-- Traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City have booked 9,355 drivers for drunk-driving and 83 others for driving under the influence of drugs in the first three weeks of a national campaign aimed at curbing such traffic violations.
-- Police in the northern province of Bac Ninh have arrested two suspects who allegedly kidnapped a two-year-old boy. The boy went missing while playing with his father at a local park on Friday afternoon and was found by officers on Saturday evening.
-- Vietnam’s exports continued to recover in the first half of August as the country has recorded a US$10 billion trade surplus so far this year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
-- The People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City has asked for the government’s support for its scheme to make the city a regional and international financial hub by adding the plan to the national socio-economic development strategy in the 2021-30 period, with a vision for 2045.
-- Over 23.3 million people have caught COVID-19 while more than 807,700 have died of the disease around the world, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Health. Approximately 15.8 million have recovered from the virus.