Read what is in the news today:

Society

— Vietnam logged no new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday morning, the 35th day of no community transmission. The national tally remains at 324, with 264 recoveries and no deaths.

— Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a decision to appoint Tran Quoc To, secretary of Thai Nguyen Province’s Party Committee, as deputy minister of public security.

— The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport is seeking the Ministry of Transport’s approval for its proposal to open a new route along the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway in District 9 with an investment estimated at VND34 billion (US$1.46 million) in order to share the traffic load with Nguyen Duy Trinh Street, which is notorious for its high rate of traffic accidents.

— The first cables were installed on the under-construction cable-stayed Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, linking Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 and District 2, on Wednesday as the construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

— Ho Chi Minh City and other localities in the south have recorded temperatures of 38-39 degrees Celsius in recent days, leading to more heat-related illnesses, especially among children and the elderly, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Business

— The government of Vietnam is asking the National Assembly to approve a lower growth rate this year than the original target of 6.9 percent set last year by the parliament, which is looking increasingly unlikely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world’s economy.

— Private enterprises account for 74.2 percent of the top 500 fastest-growing enterprises in Vietnam, according to the FAST500 report released on Wednesday.

Lifestyle

— A workshop about distinguishing art and visual design is set to take place on May 23 at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Arts in Hanoi.

World News

— The novel coronavirus has infected over 5.08 million people and killed more than 329,200 around the globe as of Thursday morning, according to statistics. More than 2.02 million patients have recovered from COVID-19.

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