Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Saturday morning confirmed 239 new local cases of COVID-19, including 215 in Ho Chi Minh City, increasing the country’s tally to 18,360, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will collect more than 100,000 samples for COVID-19 testing from students and teachers participating in the national high school exam graduation this year.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has decided to suspend domestic flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam from July 4 and between Ho Chi Minh City and Thua Thien Hue from July 5 as COVID-19 infections surge in the southern metropolis.
-- Two patients in Ho Chi Minh City and one in the northern province of Bac Ninh have recently died from coronavirus-related complications, raising Vietnam's COVID-19 death toll to 84, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on Friday night.
-- Two people were killed and one other injured after a truck overturned and crashed into a mountainside in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Friday.
-- A 50-year-old woman was confirmed dead after a house in an isolated alley in Thu Duc City was engulfed in a conflagration on Friday.
-- Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on Friday have initiated legal proceedings against a 37-yeard-old man for raping two young girls earlier this month.
-- MUJI, a Japanese retail company which sells a wide variety of household and consumer goods, announced its first flagship store in Hanoi will open on Saturday in Vincom Center Metropolis.
-- South Africa registered more than 24,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, its highest tally of new infections since the pandemic began, as a third wave of the virus spread through a population in which just 5 percent have been vaccinated, according to Reuters.