Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 103,126 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the national tally to 8,919,557, with 5,166,117 recoveries and 42,258 deaths.
-- Police in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Saturday that a local man had set his girlfriend’s house on fire over their conflict before turning himself in. No one was harmed but the house was burned down.
-- Vietnam was able to save 309,000kWh of electricity after people across the country switched off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturday to mark the 2022 Earth Hour.
-- Officers in north-central Ha Tinh Province have launched an investigation after a 64-year-old woman was found death with multiple slash wounds at her home on Saturday afternoon.
-- Authorities in central Thua Thien-Hue Province initiated on Saturday the construction of a bridge and a coastal road worth a combined VND3.4 trillion (US$148.7 million) in Hai Duong District. The project is aimed at creating a tourist route along the province’s coastline.
-- One person was killed after a fire engulfed a house in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum early on Saturday morning, local authorities confirmed later the same day.
-- A ceremony was organized in Hoi An City in central Quang Nam Province on Saturday evening to kick-start the National Tourism Year 2022, which is themed ‘Quang Nam – The Green Tourist Destination.’
-- Miss Earth 2021 Destiny Wagner was in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday to attend the ceremony to announce the Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2022 beauty contest, whose final round is scheduled to take place from July 12 to 16.
-- Vietnam lost 0-1 to Croatia in their second match at the Dubai Cup 2022 friendly tournament in Dubai on Saturday evening.