Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- There will be a total of 500 seats in Vietnam’s 15th National Assembly at both central and local levels, according to a new resolution adopted by the National Assembly Standing Committee.
-- The Ministry of Health on Sunday morning confirmed two imported COVID-19 patients who are being treated in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. The country’s tally was at 2,509, with 1,920 recoveries and 35 deaths.
-- COVID-19 vaccination will begin on Monday in 13 provinces and cities which recently recorded local infections, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the health ministry said during a teleconference on Saturday.
-- A hotel in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City was locked down on Saturday afternoon after 35 Chinese nationals were caught staying illegally at the facility.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang are searching for a 29-year-old Vietnamese man who escaped from a quarantine facility in Cambodia and entered Vietnam illegally.
-- A 30-year-old man was arrested for attacking a person and damaging three cars with a knife while being high on crystal meth in the north-central province of Quang Tri on Saturday afternoon.
-- A man was caught hiding two women inside his automobile in order to help them evade a COVID-19 checkpoint in the northern province of Hai Duong on Saturday. The three were fined VND20 million (US$867) for violating regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.
-- Authorities in Quang Tri have sent a document to the central government to propose the construction of an airport in the locality, which is expected to cover an area of 316 hectares.
-- The sustainable development of the business community is an important foundation, contributing to the nation’s prosperity, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting with outstanding Vietnamese entrepreneurs and intellectuals with the theme of ‘Dialogue 2045’ in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.