Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam confirmed six new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including four local infections documented in Hai Duong and two imported cases in Tay Ninh and Dong Thap, raising the national patient tally to 2,426.
-- A total of 74 volunteers received injections of Vietnam’s home-grown Nano Covax in the second phase of human trial in Hanoi and the southern province of Long An on Friday.
-- A truck transporting bauxite collided with a 16-seat passenger bus, causing a serial traffic accident of six vehicles in total on Bao Loc Mountain Pass in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong at around 6:40 pm Friday.
-- Police in northern Bac Giang Province on Friday said that they had discovered 28 people testing positive for drugs at a karaoke bar in Lang Giang District.
-- After a series of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s articles, Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong on Friday ordered related departments and agencies to strictly deal with the prolonged problem of noise pollution caused by home karaoke.
-- Hai Phong City chairman Nguyen Van Tung on Friday decided to remove eight control points at the entrances to the northern city from 5:00 pm on the same day to allow normal transport of goods into the city.
-- The committee for COVID-19 prevention and control of Dong Trieu Town in northern Quang Ninh Province on Friday lifted lockdowns from seven villages in two communes of An Sinh and Viet Dan, and the entire communes of Binh Duong, Nguyen Hue and Thuy An, as well as removed a control point at the Dam Thuy Bridge in Thuy An Commune.
-- Vietnam moved up three places from 50th to 47th in the Global Soft Power Index 2021, which ranks the world’s top 60 soft power nations, according to the Brand Finance Global Soft Power Index Report.
-- Van Don International Airport is ready to reopen safely by March 3 after the epidemic is under control, announced the Quang Ninh authorities.