Here are today’s leading news stories:
— Vietnam demands that China respect and not violate Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on Monday with regard to Chinese authorities’ statement on a military drill in the East Vietnam Sea.
— A 51-year-old security guard at the Center for Disease Control in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang was found dead on Monday after allegedly committing suicide by jumping off the rooftop of the agency’s headquarters.
— Authorities in northern Son La and Yen Bai Provinces confirmed on Monday that more than 500 houses had had their roofs damaged by a hailstorm that occurred on Sunday.
— The mine clearance unit in north-central Quang Binh Province confirmed on Monday they had successfully removed a 230-kilogram bomb from a construction site located next to Dong Hoi Market, the largest market in the province.
— Three Vietnamese firms are capable of producing up to two million COVID-19 treatment pills per month, a Ho Chi Minh City health official said at a meeting on Monday.
— Police in northern Bac Giang Province affirmed on Monday they had apprehended a 63-year-old man and his 36-year-old son on murder charges for attacking a man with their knives over a conflict.
— A representative from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction said the agency will coordinate with relevant units to add a parking lot, restrooms, and more trees to the Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1.
— A flower shop stole the limelight on social media on Monday after posting a photo of a bouquet made of gold worth about VND7 billion (US$306,300). The shop owner said his client would give this bouquet to his wife on International Women’s Day.
— Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a meeting on Monday with the Vietnam Association for Women Entrepreneurs at the government headquarters on the occasion of International Women’s Day.