Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The first session of Vietnam’s 15th National Assembly opened in Hanoi on Tuesday morning and is scheduled to last until July 31.
-- The Ministry of Health documented 2,155 local COVID-19 infections, including 1,519 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Tuesday morning, raising the country’s tally to 60,180, with 11,047 recoveries and 334 deaths.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs has sent an official note to the South Korean Consulate General and extended condolences to a South Korean family after one of its members passed away due to COVID-19 in the city.
-- The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam has ordered the suspension of all tollgates in the provinces and cities where social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 are being implemented.
-- Tropical Storm Cempaka, the third to hit Vietnam this year, was located at the maritime area south of China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday morning, packing winds at 90-120km per hour. The storm will travel northwest and is unlikely to have a direct impact on Vietnam’s mainland.
-- A heavy rain accompanied by strong gusts battered Ho Chi Minh City late on Monday afternoon, knocking down many trees and signboards.
-- Police in Vietnam have issued an international wanted notice for Pham Van Sang, former director of the Department of Science and Technology in southern Dong Nai Province, after he had disappeared while being investigated for violating regulations on investment in construction works.
-- Officers in the central province of Quang Nam confirmed on Monday they had arrested a 15-year-old boy for murdering a school principal while robbing his house earlier this month.
-- Vietnam was named among the world’s top 20 host economies for foreign direct investment (FDI) for the first time with an inflow of US$16 billion in 2020, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s World Investment Report 2021 as saying.