Read what is in the news today:
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning confirmed 277 new cases of COVID-19, including one imported case and 270 local infections in Ho Chi Minh City, raising the national tally to 22,341 cases, with 8,077 recoveries and 97 deaths.
-- The health ministry announced three additional coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday evening.
-- Authorities in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday decided to suspend the operations of the Thu Duc wholesale market from 8:00 am on Wednesday over new local coronavirus infections.
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has assigned Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh to directly lead the COVID-19 prevention and control missions in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade on Tuesday evening issued a resolution on directly delivering goods from other provinces to city markets, skipping the transit step at the wholesale markets, given their temporary closedown due to new COVID-19 cases.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has received in-principle approval from the municipal People’s Committee for its plan on investing VND454 billion (US$19.7 million) in technology application from 2022 to 2025 to handle traffic violations.
-- Police in Ho Chi Minh City promptly sent a task force to Chi Hoa Prison in District 10 to deal with a number of prisoners who took advantage of a checkup session to incite some other inmates and disturb the security and order of the jail on Tuesday afternoon.
-- Up to 12.8 million laborers in Vietnam were adversely affected by the current fourth wave of COVID-19, an increase of 3.7 million compared to the first quarter of the year, announced the General Statistics Office on Tuesday.
-- Many enterprises at the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Thu Duc City have rented hotel rooms to provide temporary accommodations for their workers after local authorities decided to apply medical isolation protocols in Tan Phu Ward under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 for COVID-19 prevention from Tuesday.