Read what is in the news today.
— Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient tally remained unchanged at 1,361 with no new local cases confirmed for 24 hours on Friday.
— A male body without head, arms and legs, alleged to be of a Chinese fisherman, was washed ashore in Phu Hai Commune of Phu Vang District, located in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue on Friday morning.
— The last domesticated elephant in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, Ya Tau, died at the age of 50, the local authorities announced on Friday afternoon.
— The Ministry of Transport ordered the Health Administration of Transport, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and related agencies, to establish a task force to inspect the COVID-19 prevention and control works at the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and report to the ministry before December 10.
— The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City put forward a proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for consideration and to seek the Prime Minister’s approval for organizing firework displays at the head of Thu Thiem Tunnel in District 1, Landmark 81 Building in Binh Thanh District and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 to celebrate the New Year 2021.
— More than 150 local people in Ia Phang Commune of Chu Puh District, located in Gia Lai Province, have been hospitalized since Friday morning due to diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness after eating sticky rice given away by a charity group from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in collaboration with the district’s Red Cross earlier the same day.
— Local authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday afternoon fined each of three people drinking beer at a makeshift store on the sidewalk in District 1 VND2 million (US$86.6) for deliberately not wearing a face mask in public places.
— Vietnam’s ST25 fragrant rice ranked second after Thailand at the 2020 World’s Best Rice Contest in the United States.
— The Vietnam Travel Aviation Co. Ltd, which operates newcomer Vietravel Airlines, is scheduled to receive its first plane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.
— The Hanoi Department of Education and Training on Friday issued a document to request local schools to avoid large gatherings and ask students and teachers to wear face masks from home to school for COVID-19 prevention and control.