Read what is in the news today:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health registered 4,271 COVID-19 infections, including 2,365 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Wednesday morning, raising the national tally to 174,461, with 50,831 recoveries and 2,071 deaths.
-- The Ministry of Health has recommended that people who have received AstraZeneca vaccine as their first shot should only be offered either the same vaccine or Pfizer for their second dose.
-- Authorities in Hanoi are looking for visitors to Long Bien Market and Alley 187 in Ba Dinh District between July 18 and Tuesday in the wake of a number of new COVID-19 infections detected at those two clusters.
-- The U.K. Embassy in Hanoi handed over 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
-- The health ministry has decided to allocate Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi 980,000 and 700,000 additional COVID-19 doses, respectively.
-- Ho Chi Minh City began the sixth phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program on Tuesday with a target of administering doses to five million residents above 18 years old this month.
-- A 12-year-old girl died after falling from a higher floor to the third floor of an apartment building in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi on Tuesday night.
-- Police in north-central Ha Tinh Province have arrested a 34-year-old woman from Hanoi after her failed attempt to rob a credit fund by threatening its office worker at knifepoint on Tuesday.
-- Police in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday confirmed the identity of a young Vietnamese man who was assaulted and pushed into the river in the pedestrian area near Ebisu Bridge in Osaka City a day earlier, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Vietnam has overtaken Bangladesh as the world’s second-largest exporter of ready-made garments, according to the latest figures from the World Trade Statistical Review 2021 released by the World Trade Organization.