Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed 127 local COVID-19 cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hoa Binh, and Dien Bien on Sunday morning, raising the country’s tally to 4,112, with 2,668 recoveries and 36 deaths.
-- A total of 977,032 COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered to people belonging to target groups in Vietnam by Saturday. Over 22,500 people in the country have completed the two-dose regimen.
-- Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Saturday initiated legal proceedings against a 24-year-old man for arranging for a group of Chinese people to stay illegally at his house.
-- A woman was fined VND2 million (US$87) for failure to wear a face mask while using the shared elevator at an apartment building in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.
-- Police in Hanoi confirmed on Saturday they had discovered nearly three metric tons of medical gloves originating in China at a local warehouse, while the owner was not able to provide relevant documents.
-- More than 33,000 sexual wellness products of unknown origin were found at a warehouse in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City and were later confiscated by police officers to facilitate their investigation.
-- The director of Hanoi Construction Investment Company No. 2 under the Hanoi Housing Development Investment Corporation has been dismissed from his position for violating COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.
-- Vietnam’s export value of agro-forestry-fisheries products in the first four months of 2021 stood at around US$17.15 billion, a 24.2 percent year-on-year increase, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
-- Overseas Vietnamese sent home $17.2 billion worth of remittances in 2020, making the country the third-largest remittance recipient in the East Asia and Pacific region, the Vietnam News Agency quoted findings of a report released by the World Bank.