Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarta Pacheco in Vienna on Monday, as part of his trip to Austria to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5), the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have announced the extension of the shelter-in-place drive to September 15 in a continued effort to push back the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- The Hanoi People’s Committee has ordered COVID-19 testing on 100 percent of the city’s population from September 6 to 12 in order to put the pandemic under control by September 15.
-- The Ministry of Health has requested Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An to speed up inoculation in order to vaccinate all residents aged 18 and older with at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by September 15.
-- Vietnam is expected to receive more than 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in September, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said during a regular government meeting on Monday.
-- Police in the central city of Da Nang confirmed on Monday they were working to identify a foreigner who reportedly tried to crash his motorbike into an officer at a local COVID-19 checkpoint earlier the same day.
-- Hanoi police have initiated legal proceedings against a manager and security guard of a hotel for allowing their customers to trade sex service amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- A 28-year-old man from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau has been sentenced to five years in prison for spreading COVID-19 to other people, one of whom later died of the disease.
-- A 46-year-old Hanoi man was condemned to 33 months in jail on Monday for strangling and obstructing an on-duty officer at a COVID-19 checkpoint last month.