Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam reported zero coronavirus infections on Wednesday morning, with the national tally standing at 2,996 and recoveries reaching 2,560, the Ministry of Health said.
-- A 25-year-old Vietnamese employee of a hotel in the central city of Da Nang tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday night after having direct contact with an infected colleague.
-- A doctor who works in the emergency care ward of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday evening detected a 45-year-old Chinese who broke Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines for going to a restaurant in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City after only 13 days of self-isolation.
-- Vietnamese authorities said on Tuesday night that police had detected a total of 174 cases of illegal entry into the Southeast Asian country in 24 hours.
-- A sofa workshop on Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City caught fire on Tuesday night, with many assets heavily damaged.
-- Some 15 people involved in the smuggling ring at Nhat Cuong Technical Services Trading Co. Ltd. in Hanoi will go on trial on Wednesday morning.
-- About 44 houses were damaged and crops were devasted by hail and strong gusts in the north central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri on Tuesday evening.
-- Police in Hai Chau District, Da Nang levied fines worth a total of VND18 million (US$780) upon 17 people for failure to wear face masks in public on Tuesday.