Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 52 local COVID-19 cases in Bac Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh, and Hai Phong on Sunday morning, raising the national tally to 6,908, with 2,896 recoveries and 47 deaths.
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highlighted the government's ultimate goal of protecting people’s health, driving back COVID-19 pandemic, especially in key areas, to ensure socio-economic development and social welfare during a nationwide teleconference in Hanoi on Saturday.
-- Competent authorities at a COVID-19 checkpoint in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Saturday they had discovered two Chinese and three Bangladeshi nationals who had not completed their quarantine period in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
-- A six-year-old girl and her three-year-old sibling drowned after falling into a pond while playing near their house in the northern province of Ha Tinh on Saturday, local authorities confirmed, adding that their parents were not at home at the time of the accident.
-- The developer of Nuoc Long hydroelectric dam project in the central province of Quang Ngai has been found destroying an area of protective forest without permission in order to facilitate the construction.
-- A 27-year-old man who was previously sentenced to death for murdering four family members has been discovered having a mental illness while waiting for his second trial in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Vietnam shipped overseas US$130.94 billion worth of goods in the first five months of 2021, up by 30.7 percent year-on-year, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the General Statistics Office as saying.
-- Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) in May was up by 0.16 percent against April and 2.9 percent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office.