Read what is in the news today:
-- State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited, sent wishes, and presented Lunar New Year gifts to social policy households and workers in the central city of Da Nang on Sunday.
-- Border guards in central Quang Nam Province helped a cargo ship with a hole in the bottom deal with the risk of sinking while getting ready to respond to oil spills at sea following the incident on Sunday.
-- Two elderly people and their two grandchildren, who recently returned to northern Thai Binh Province from an area at high risk of COVID-19 infection in Hai Phong City, have been blocked inside their home by the local authorities and have necessities supplied by their neighbors despite testing negative for the coronavirus.
-- Passenger bus tickets for trips from Ho Chi Minh City to other localities ahead of the coming Lunar New Year holiday have received low demand.
-- About 250 people in Ho Chi Minh City, mainly the elderly, received free psychological examination and counseling after recovering from COVID-19 under a healthcare program at the Institute of Ethnic Medicine and Pharmacy on Sunday.
-- A cold spell was projected to hit northern Vietnam from Sunday night, causing rains in many parts of the region over the next day, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
-- Police in northern Thai Nguyen Province on Sunday arrested and initiated legal proceedings against a 32-year-old teacher for touching the genitals of four female students with his hands.
-- The 2022 Tet Festival, an event organized annually in Ho Chi Minh City in celebration of the Lunar New Year, kicked off at the Youth Culture House in District 1 on Sunday night.
-- The United Kingdom is drawing up plans under which people will not be legally bound to self-isolate after catching COVID-19, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.
-- “Australia and New Zealand dispatched surveillance flights on Monday to assess the damage in Tonga, isolated from the rest of the world due to the eruption of an underwater volcano that triggered a tsunami and blanketed the Pacific island with ash,” Reuters reported.