Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation left Hanoi on Sunday morning for official visits to South Korea and India from December 12 to 19.
-- More than 150,000 police officers have participated in the fight against COVID-19 in Vietnam, of whom 17 have lost their lives, the Ministry of Public Security stated at a conference on Saturday.
-- Two people were killed and three others injured after a truck carrying sand crashed into a roadside market in the northern province of Dien Bien on Saturday morning.
-- A 45-year-old deceased man tested positive for COVID-19 after his body was found at his house in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on Saturday. Officers are working to identify the cause of his death.
-- Ngo Quoc Linh, a singer hailing from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, passed away due to COVID-19 on Saturday afternoon despite treatment at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Residents in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City exchanged about one metric ton of recyclable materials for one metric ton of rice in an activity organized by the local administration on Saturday.
-- The Vietnam Stock Exchange (VNX) made a debut on December 11, on the basis of merging the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- The 2021 Day of Pho organized by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper officially kicked off with multiple activities at Vincom Center Landmark 81 in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday morning.