Read what is in the news today:
-- The Ministry of Health documented 2,014 local COVID-19 infections, including 1,535 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Monday morning, raising the national tally to 55,845, with 10,667 recoveries and 254 deaths.
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has tasked seven ministries with setting up their own special working groups to help Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities in the fight against COVID-19.
-- Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on Sunday said that his ministry had prepared for the worst scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic in southern localities, pledging to prevent the lack of protective gear and ensure maximum safety for frontline medical staff.
-- Authorities in Vung Tau City, located in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, have banned people from traveling to work by motorbike and on foot for COVID-19 prevention.
-- Authorities in Hanoi have requested people to stay home, only go out in necessary situations, and not to gather in groups of more than five, while closing all stores selling non-essential goods from 0:00 on Monday due to new clusters of coronavirus infections in recent days.
-- COVID-19 hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have been overloaded by surging daily infections and faced a shortage of ventilators and oxygen supply.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade has sought support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development over a dearth of up to 1,500 metric tons of vegetables and fruits and 400,000 eggs every day.
-- Two children drowned after the older sister tried to rescue her sibling, who had slipped into an irrigation canal in central Quang Tri Province on Sunday afternoon.
-- The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has asked carriers and airports to create favorable conditions for bringing internal migrants from Ho Chi Minh City and southern localities to their hometowns.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have suspended 16 companies located in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Thu Duc City after they failed to practice COVID-19 prevention measures as required.