What you need to know today in Vietnam:
— Vietnam celebrates the 90th founding anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on Friday.
— Vietnam, together with other ASEAN member countries, is ready to discuss measures to help Myanmar overcome difficulties and stabilize the situation in the country, thus contributing to building a peaceful, stable, and prosperous ASEAN Community, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday.
— Vietnam reported two new coronavirus infections, who are Vietnamese border jumpers from Cambodia, on Friday morning, according to the Ministry of Health. The country has recorded 1,603 domestic cases since the virus first hit it on January 23, 2020.
— Over 42,000 people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 by 4:00 pm on Thursday, the health ministry said on Friday morning.
— Authorities in Binh Duong Province, located in southern Vietnam, on Thursday night locked down a street where a Chinese suspected of having caught the coronavirus lives.
— Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday approved a project to channel VND3.4 trillion (US$147 million) into building infrastructure at the Lien Chieu port in Da Nang.
— Vietnam’s rice export prices hit a more than nine-year high this week as fresh orders trickled in, Reuters reported on Thursday.
— Ho Chi Minh City Television unveiled an annual cycling tournament, considered Vietnam’s ‘Tour de France,’ on Thursday. The tourney will take place from April 6 to 30, with cyclists covering 2,350km from Cao Bang Province in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
— Military-owned Viettel FC signed Brazilian forward Bruno Matos on Thursday as part of their plan to defend their V-League 1 title and compete at the 2021 AFC Champions League. Matos had played three seasons in Malaysia and Indonesia.
— Biden says he expects to run for re-election in 2024, the New York Times reported on Thursday (U.S. time).