Here are today’s leading news stories:
— Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding on sustainable poverty reduction in Vietnam for the 2021-23 period.
— Firefighting police were able to rescue three people after a fire broke out at a hotel in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on Monday afternoon.
— The Ministry of Health has advised COVID-19 patients against using antivirals if they do not have any symptoms or taking the medicines for more than five days.
— Two people were injured after a pile-up involving about 10 cars and trucks occurred along the Lo Te-Rach Soi Expressway connecting Can Tho City and Kien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta early on Monday morning.
— Regarding the case where 17 people drowned as a tourist boat capsized off Quang Nam Province, police have confirmed that the boat driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs while doing his job.
— It is forecast to be sunny and bolstering hot in southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, with the highest temperature reaching 36 degrees Celsius, from February 28 to March 2, according to the southern hydro-meteorological station.
— The People’s Court in south-central Phu Yen Province has sentenced a 37-year-old man to nine years in prison for transporting 11 Chinese border jumpers in mid-2021, when a strict social distancing drive was imposed across Vietnam due to the serious pandemic.
— Police in Hanoi confirmed on Monday they had arrested a 33-year-old man who broke into a district-level tax department and stole a large amount of cash and gold accessories last month.
— “FIFA and UEFA suspended Russia’s national teams and clubs from international football on Monday as sporting bodies around the world moved to bar Russian athletes from competing in international events in protest over the war in Ukraine,” Reuters reported.
— “Novavax Inc said on Monday it would pursue full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in the second half of this year and forecast total revenue of between $4 billion and $5 billion for 2022,” Reuters reported.