Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded three imported COVID-19 cases from Japan and Germany on Monday evening, bringing the country’s tally to 1,497, with 1,339 recoveries and 35 deaths.
-- A new cold front has started affecting northern and north-central provinces, causing temperature in the regions to decrease from January 4 to 6, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported, adding that the cold snap will intensify from January 7.
-- The Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry route, which connects Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, welcomed its first passengers after being officially put into operation on Monday.
-- Officers under the Ministry of Public Security confirmed on Monday they had apprehended a 22-year-old woman in Hanoi for prostitution brokerage. The sex workers were offered at VND5-20 million (US$216-864) per service.
-- The body of a 27-year-old man was found on Monday after going missing while swimming at a beach in Ke Ga Village, located in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, on Saturday morning. Another victim remains nowhere to be found.
-- The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the central city of Da Nang has proposed that cash rewards be given to residents who report to local authorities about violations of environmental protection regulations.
-- A fisherman was killed and another missing after their boat hit a reef and sank off the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Sunday, local authorities confirmed on Monday.
-- The monitoring systems of the Vietnam Environment Administration and Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment showed that air quality in the capital was at a harmful level on Tuesday morning.
-- The first trading session of Vietnam’s stock market in 2021 opened on Monday, following a ceremony held by the State Securities Commission and the Hanoi Stock Exchange.