Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had an online talk with his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett on Monday to discuss measures to boost bilateral trade and investment, toward sustainable recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The Ministry of Health confirmed 466 local COVID-19 infections, including 365 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Tuesday morning, raising the national tally to 32,665, with 9,331 recoveries and 125 deaths.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health said on Monday afternoon that rapid antigen tests had detected 275 COVID-19 cases at Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7.
-- Police in Hanoi are expected to establish 22 COVID-19 checkpoints at all city entrances to medically inspect people and vehicles entering and exiting the capital from Wednesday.
-- Authorities in the southern beach city of Vung Tau have decided to implement extensive social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 from 0:00 on Wednesday.
-- The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that people who travel from Ho Chi Minh City to other provinces and cities in Vietnam have to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.
-- Fifty-three men and women have been fined a combined VND96 million (US$4,170) after they were caught gathering for a birthday party at a beer restaurant amid the COVID-19 pandemic in southern Binh Phuoc Province.
-- Police in the north-central province of Quang Binh confirmed on Monday they had arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly murdering his mother-in-law after he had hidden in a local forest for seven days.
-- Vietnam’s export turnover in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries reached $24.23 billion in the first half of 2021, up 28.2 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.