Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam recorded no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. The country’s tally stood at 1,548, with 1,411 recoveries and 35 deaths.
-- Over 10,000 people including delegates and members of service teams and relevant units had tested negative for the novel coronavirus once as of Saturday before they are set to attend the 13th National Party Congress next week. Their second tests are expected to be complete on Sunday.
-- Residents in Hanoi were allowed to visit the trains of the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station metro line on Saturday. The trains are open to visitors from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on January 23 and 24.
-- Authorities in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue are collecting feedback from experts and scientists regarding the plan on restoring Thai Hoa Palace, one of the most important landmarks of Hue Imperial City.
-- The Hanoi Labor Federation on Saturday organized the ‘Tet Sum Vay’ (Tet Reunion) program and announced over VND60 billion (US$2.6 million) worth of support for laborers in difficult circumstances.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Police on Saturday held a ceremony to establish the police department of Thu Duc City and appointed Colonel Nguyen Hoang Thang, who was police chief of the erstwhile Thu Duc District, as head of the agency.
-- The Ministry of Public Security confirmed on Saturday they had broken up a prostitution brokerage ring that offered sex tours worth $5,000-7,000 each.
-- Thirty enterprises have received the Ho Chi Minh City Golden Brand Award from the municipal People’s Committee for their outstanding achievements in building and developing brands for products and services.
-- A fair for university enrollment and career counseling organized by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper and the Ministry of Education and Training opened at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology on Sunday morning.