Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam recorded one imported case of COVID-19 from the U.S. on Friday evening, raising the national patient tally to 2,571, with 2,198 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths.
-- Hoang Phi Hung, a Vietnamese medical student of the Pskov State University of Russia, and another Russian citizen have received thank-you letters from the authorities of Pskov oblast for saving two children from drowning on the Velikaya River.
-- Bars, karaoke parlors, and discos have been allowed to reopen in Ho Chi Minh City from Friday night.
-- Vietnam’s Expanded Program on Immunization is expected to organize professional training courses for 44 localities from now until the end of March, preparing them for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program following the first 16 provinces and cities.
-- All suspended and restricted services and activities in northern Hai Phong City have been allowed to resume operation from Saturday.
-- Vietnam has moved up four places to rank 79th in the United Nations-sponsored World Happiness Report 2021 which was released on Friday.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has given in-principle approval to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s proposal to build central Da Nang City into a regional financial center.
-- Hoi An City, home to the famous namesake ancient town in central Quang Nam Province, will host a wide range of tourist events and activities from now to May 1 to welcome visitors back at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has basically been brought under control in the city.
-- “A volcanic eruption began in southwestern Iceland near the capital Reykjavik on Friday following thousands of small earthquakes in the area in recent weeks, the country’s meteorological office said,” Reuters reported.
-- “Some of Royal Caribbean Group’s cruises will resume sailing in the Caribbean in June with vaccinated adult guests, ending a year-long hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Reuters reported.