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-- Vietnam on Thursday morning reported no new cases of COVID-19, keeping the country’s tally at 2,412 with 1,804 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- According to the results of genetic sequencing, the Japanese expert who died in a hotel in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District in mid-February was identified as being infected with a new coronavirus variant circulating mainly in South Korea, Sri Lanka, India, and Taiwan, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long confirmed on Wednesday.
-- Quang Ninh will allocate at least VND500 billion (US$21.6 million) to buy COVID-19 vaccines and organize inoculation for all people in the Vietnamese province, Nguyen Thi Hanh, vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said at a Wednesday meeting on COVID-19 prevention.
-- Thirty-two among 82 samples taken randomly for COVID-18 tests at drinking places in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District on February 22 and 23 returned negative, Thai Thi Hong Nga, vice-chairman of the local People's Committee said on Wednesday.
-- Police in Quang Ninh Province on Wednesday said they had broken a case of illegal coal mining with the value of around VND200 billion ($8.6 million) in the exploitation areas belonging to a local company in Quang Hanh Ward, Cam Pha City.
-- The Ministry of Public Security plans to have issued chip-based ID cards to 50 million citizens by July 1 this year, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday.
-- Dozens of firefighters in Binh Tan and Tan Phu Districts, Ho Chi Minh City were mobilized on Wednesday night to put out a fire at a scrap yard in Binh Tan. No casualties have been reported.
-- Nearly 30 students from Vinh Thuy Elementary School in the north-central province of Quang Tri were hospitalized for vomit and abdominal pain after having lunch at school. Some 18 of them with severe symptoms are being kept at the hospital for treatment.
-- Vietnamese airlines operated 20,944 flights during the Tet holiday season from January 19 to February 18, when travel demand rose sharply, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday, quoting the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.