Check out the latest news in Vietnam today:
-- Vietnam welcomed the arrival of 2,198 newborns on Saturday, the first day of the Year of the Dragon, according to data compiled from reports of healthcare centers throughout the country.
-- Police of Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam have received a thank-you letter from two international visitors, hailing from the UK and Canada, for having helped the duo and inviting them for a year-end meal after they experienced a bike accident with minor injuries on February 9, the last day of the 2023 lunar year.
-- Hanoi served 187,000 tourist arrivals between February 8 and 10, which coincided with the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, up 17.4 percent year on year, with an estimated 39,000 of them being international visitors, according to the municipal tourism authority’s latest report.
-- Police in Hoa Binh Province, northern Vietnam on Sunday announced that they detained a 20-year-old motorcyclist the same day for drunk driving, accelerating when pulled over by traffic police officers and crashing into one officer, leaving the latter’s right leg broken.
-- Nghe An Province in north-central Vietnam ranked third among the top 10 car-owning localities nationwide in 2023, with 10,304 cars in use, according to statistics released by the Vietnam Register.
-- Vietnamese high-speed boat service provider Phu Quoc Express is offering lots of discounts for rides from Rach Gia City and Ha Tien City to Phu Quoc City, a popular island destination off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam to encourage more tourists to explore the island during the Tet holiday.
-- U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was hospitalized in Washington on Sunday for treatment of "symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue", a Pentagon spokesperson said, Reuters reported.
-- Syria has extended permission for the United Nations to deliver aid to opposition-held areas in the northwest of the country via two Turkish border crossings for another three months, said Syria's U.N. envoy, according to Reuters.