Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 41,980 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the national tally to 2,740,293, with 2,268,020 recoveries and 39,423 deaths.
-- The number of COVID-19 cases has been rising in Ho Chi Minh City over the past days, which led to a slight increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the city’s Center for Disease Control said, adding that a new infection cluster has been detected at a monastery in Go Vap District.
-- An extremely strong cold spell has caused temperatures in northern Vietnam to dip to eight degrees Celsius across the Red River Delta and around three degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.
-- Police in southern Binh Phuoc Province confirmed on Saturday they were investigating a case where a ninth grader was stabbed to death by some unidentified men in front of his school earlier the same day.
-- Officers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang arrested on Saturday a 31-year-old man for robbing a local bank with a plastic gun on Wednesday.
-- A tanker truck driver was able to prevent disaster as he managed to steer his vehicle out of a filling station after it caught fire in Tien Giang Province on Saturday afternoon.
-- A 40-year-old man from northern Yen Bai Province along with his motorbike was swept away by floodwaters after trying to cross a flooded bridge despite authorities’ warning on Saturday.
-- Competent authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are finalizing a plan to renovate the iconic Ben Thanh Market in downtown area. The plan is expected to be presented to the municipal administration for approval in late February.
-- Vietnam beat Singapore 7-0 in their group-stage battle at the 2022 AFF U23 Championship in Cambodia on Saturday evening.