Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Laos’ Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith reached consensus on cooperation orientations between the two countries in the time ahead during their meeting in Hanoi on Monday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ministry of Health reported 95 local COVID-19 infections on Tuesday morning, including 58 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, raising the national tally to 16,136, with 6,519 recoveries and 76 deaths.
-- Ho Chi Minh City continues applying social distancing measures under the municipal People’s Committee’s directive No.10 from 0:00 on Tuesday, according to Vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc. The directive promulgates stricter regulations such as limiting public gatherings to three, shutting down unofficial markets, and suspending public transport.
-- Contact tracing began on Monday evening after three officers at Chi Hoa Prison in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier the same day.
-- A 57-year-old woman has tested positive for COVID-19 after completing a 21-day quarantine period at a centralized facility in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, provincial authorities confirmed on Monday.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health coordinated with the Department of Transport to operate 200 passenger buses to transport COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms.
-- A man has discovered an unexploded bomb while exploiting sand along a river in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and reported the incident to local authorities for proper solutions.
-- A former police officer in Hanoi was sentenced to 30 months in prison for accidentally killing a young man while testing his pistol in October 2020.
-- A 42-year-old man from the northern province of Thai Binh turned himself in to police officers on Monday after murdering his wife and parents-in-law over a conflict.