Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe joined talks with Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on Monday, as part of his official visit to Vietnam from April 24 to 27.
-- Vietnam has kept a close watch on the COVID-19 situation in India and is willing to support the Indian government and people during this hard time, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday.
-- A 63-year-old Vietnamese employee of a quarantine hotel in the northern province of Yen Bai tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday after having direct contact with four Indian COVID-19 patients who arrived in Vietnam on April 18.
-- During a meeting on COVID-19 prevention and control in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on Monday, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long warned of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam as the pandemic has become very complicated in neighboring countries.
-- A fourth-grade student was fatally struck by lightning while he was cycling home after school in the north-central province of Ha Tinh on Monday afternoon.
-- Authorities in the central city of Da Nang and the northern province of Quang Ninh announced on Monday that no fireworks shows will take place on Reunification Day (April 30) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
-- A total of four cases of illegal entry involving 31 individuals were detected in Vietnam within only four hours on Monday morning, local authorities and border guard units confirmed.
-- Multiple shipping containers fell into the water after a Mongolian cargo ship tilted while docking at Hiep Phuoc Port in Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
-- A 19-year-old boy from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa was sentenced to death on Monday for murdering a woman and stealing her property in December 2020.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture and Singapore’s Center for Livable Cities (CLC) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in developing sustainable urban planning in the Vietnamese city, the Vietnam News Agency reported.