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-- The Ministry of Health reported 598 new local coronavirus cases on Saturday morning, including 520 patients in Ho Chi Minh City, taking the caseload to 26,608 infections, with 8,984 recoveries and 110 deaths.
-- The health ministry announced five additional coronavirus-related deaths on Friday evening.
-- Two million Moderna vaccine shots arrived in Vietnam from the U.S. on Saturday morning, according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
-- Authorities in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province decided to suspend the operations of the three local markets from 6:00 pm on Friday over new local coronavirus infections.
-- Dong Xoai City and the districts of Loc Ninh, Bu Gia Map, and Hon Quan in the southern province of Binh Phuoc will have to follow social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 while Chon Thanh District will be subject to Directive No. 16 for 15 days from Sunday. All makeshift markets in the province are required to shut down in a bid to curb rising COVID-19 transmissions.
-- As of Friday morning, Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities had announced a total of 1,280 locations being locked down due to the epidemic spread that has recently resulted in hundreds of infections every day in the city, according to the municipal Center for Disease Control.
-- Authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai have applied medical isolation protocols in two more districts under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 for COVID-19 prevention from Saturday until further notice.
-- A parking lot in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City has been fined VND30 million (US$1,300) for violating COVID-19 prevention and control regulations on Friday.
-- A police force from the Ministry of Public Security on Friday has arrested 18 members of a large football betting gang in Binh Dinh Province for organizing bets totaling VND400 billion (VND1 billion equals $43,600) during the current 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.
-- Authorities in Da Nang have decided to reopen public beaches and resume outdoor activities and indoor sports center from Saturday alongside strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures after the pandemic situation in the city was deemed under control.