What you need to know today in Vietnam!
-- Six grade-seven students were struck by lightning in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam on Saturday, local authorities confirmed the same day. One of them died while the others were only hurt.
-- A member of a local COVID-19 prevention task force has been found colluding with a racket to help 200 people illegally enter and exit Vietnam.
-- Vietnam reported zero coronavirus infections on Sunday morning, with the national tally hitting 2,942 and recoveries reaching 2,549, the Ministry of Health said.
-- The Vietnamese government had administered the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine to more than 511,400 people by the end of Saturday, according to the health ministry.
-- About 67 percent of European companies predict an 'excellent' business outlook in Vietnam in the second quarter, according to the Q1 Business Climate Index released by the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.
-- Amazon Global Selling has just launched a program to help Vietnamese vendors sell their products across borders.
-- The UK-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement enters into force on Saturday, securing access to staged tariff reductions between the two countries, both sides said in a joint statement the same day. "The deal locks in the 65% of all tariffs that have already been eliminated on UK-Viet Nam trade. This will increase to 99% of tariffs after six years," according to the joint statement.
-- Ho Chi Minh City reported US$1.14 billion in foreign direct investment in January-April, a year-on-year decline of almost 13 percent, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- The Vietnamese national basketball team will compete in the VBA 2021 season that is scheduled to kick off on June 4, according to the Vietnam Basketball Association.
-- Singapore's hot housing market faces risk of cooling curbs, according to Reuters.