Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- The Ministry of Health documented 4,372 local infections, including 2,027 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Sunday morning, raising the national tally to 150,060, with 38,734 recoveries and 1,306 deaths.
-- The prime minister issued a document on Saturday requesting authorities in 19 southern provinces and cities, including Ho Chi Minh City, to continue implementing social distancing measures under the PM’s Directive No. 16 for another 14 days from August 2.
-- The Ministry of Health has allocated more than three million COVID-19 vaccine shots to Ho Chi Minh City, which are enough to be administered to 22.3 percent of the city’s citizens who are over 18 years old.
-- The central city of Da Nang began reinstating extensive social distancing measures from 6:00 pm on Saturday to cope with the rising number of local COVID-19 transmissions.
-- As of Saturday, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong had provided Ho Chi Minh City and several other southern localities with 350 metric tons of vegetables and fruits to support local COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.
-- A 79-year-old Hanoi man has been fined VND2 million (US$86) for failure to wear a face mask in public and is being probed for assaulting a police officer who reminded him to put on a mask on Friday.
-- A woman from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long was fined VND7.5 million ($325) on Saturday for posting information on treating COVID-19 at home that is not backed by any scientific evidence.
-- The Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk), the largest dairy company in the country, posted a record net revenue of VND15.71 trillion ($682.57 million) in the second quarter of 2021, a year-on-year rise of 1.4 percent, according to the Vietnam News Agency.