Read what is in the news today:
— Vietnam reported no new community case of COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, keeping the national tally at 2,142 patients, with 1,531 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.
— Four Cambodian nationals were caught illegally entering Vietnam on the Lunar New Year’s Eve by swimming through the Hau River in the Mekong Delta’s An Giang Province. Border guards of Long Binh Border Gate sent all to quarantine camps, having imposed an administration fine of VND5 million ($212) on each.
— Medical staff in Ho Chi Minh City are urgently conducting mass testing on groups with high risk of COVID-19 community transmission from now to Sunday, or the third day of the Lunar New Year, with around 2,485 samples taken as of Friday night.
— Vinh Long Province’s Department of Health is coordinating with the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and relevant forces to quarantine and trace five direct contacts of a COVID-19 patient, who was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Thursday.
— Dong Thap Province’s authorities convened an urgent meeting on Friday to secure timely quarantine over 19 out of 20 direct contacts with a COVID-19 positive case named D.T.T., who works at GGM Company at Tan Binh 2 Industrial Zone in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Tan District.
— Vietnam shipped 190 tons of dragon fruits to China through Kim Thanh II International Border Gate in the northern province of Lao Cai on Friday, the first day of the lunar New Year. The lot, the first to be exported to China in the Lunar New Year, was valued at VND2.8 billion ($121,500).
— Vietnam welcomed two foreign commercial vessels, STARSHIP URSA of Marshall Island and CMA CGM J. ADAMS of Malta, to ports in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on Friday, which marked the first day of the Lunar New Year, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
— The Ministry of Trade and Industry has decided to levy a temporary anti-dumping tax of 33.88 percent on sugar imported from Thailand after an investigation in September 2020 to see if sugar imported from Thailand had received subsidies from the government.