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For first time in nearly a year, no COVID deaths reported

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A primary school student in the southern province of Bạc Liệu is vaccinated against COVID-19. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — No COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Việt Nam nearly a year since the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the country. 

Tuesday’s caseload was 2,709 infections, 413 fewer than that of Monday and reported in 53 cities and provinces nationwide.

The capital city of Hà Nội had the highest daily new infections with 711 reported.

The remaining transmissions were detected in Phú Thọ (242), Yên Bái (147), Quảng Ninh (141), Tuyên Quang (119), Vĩnh Phúc (115), Nghệ An (113), Bắc Kạn (90), Lào Cai (89), Thái Bình (80), Đà Nẵng (59), Lâm Đồng (52), Cao Bằng (51), Thái Nguyên (49), Hà Tĩnh (45), Quảng Bình (38), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (35), Lai Châu (33), Hòa Bình (33), Hà Giang (29), Bắc Ninh (29), Sơn La (28), Nam Định (27), Ninh Bình (27), Lạng Sơn (26), Điện Biên (26), Bình Phước (26), Hà Nam (25), Hưng Yên (25), Hải Dương (23), Gia Lai (20), TP. Hồ Chí Minh (19), Bình Dương (18), Thanh Hóa (17), Cà Mau (14), Tây Ninh (13), Hải Phòng (11), Vĩnh Long (11), Bắc Giang (8 ), Phú Yên (8 ), Bình Định (6), Khánh Hòa (5), Quảng Trị (4), Quảng Ngãi (4), Thừa Thiên Huế (4), Đắk Nông (3), Cần Thơ (3), Bến Tre (2), An Giang (2), Đồng Nai (1), Long An (1), Đồng Tháp (1) and Kiên Giang (1).

In the last seven days, on average, the country reported 5,121 new cases daily.

Việt Nam’s total COVID-19 caseload now stands at 10,659,358, ranking 104th of 225 countries and territories worldwide.

A total of 1,825 COVID-19 patients were given the all-clear on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,267,281 since the COVID-19 pandemic started to hit the country in early 2020.

The number of seriously-ill COVID-19 patients in Việt Nam remained unchanged compared to that of Monday with 475 cases including two on life support.

As no deaths relating to the COVID-19 pandemic were recorded on Tuesday, the total fatalities nationwide still stands at 43,044, or 0.4 per cent of infections.

Việt Nam has administered 215,005,042 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in total. Of the vaccine doses, more than 17.37 million were for children aged 12-17 years old and more than 1.54 million doses for children aged 5-11 years old. —

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Vietnamese artists accused of raping underage British girl in Spain await arraignment: deputy minister

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The two Vietnamese artists who have made headlines since last week for their arrest in Spain due to an accusation of having raped a 17-year-old British girl last month have found themselves a lawyer and are waiting for arraignment, according to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong.

The police department of the tourist island of Majorca confirmed last Friday that they had arrested two Vietnamese males over sexual assault allegations on June 25.

Spanish and British media reported that the two Vietnamese citizens stayed at a hotel in Sant Elm on the island and met a 17-year-old girl from the UK, who roomed with her family at a different hotel, at a restaurant on June 24.

The three exchanged ‘intimate’ gestures before returning to the hotel room of one of the two Vietnamese men. 

The girl later reported to local police that she had been raped in the hotel room. 

Authorities took the girl to the Son Espases hospital for a check-up and arrested the accused.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

In Vietnam, popular actor Hong Dang and famed musician Ho Hoai Anh have made front-page news ever since Friday last week as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast doubt on their relation to the rape case.

Dang and Anh’s state-run management agencies also suspended their working schedules while national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has censored programs featuring the two artists.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

In response to reporters’ requests during a press meeting on Tuesday morning, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said that the incident related to Dang and Anh remained a question.

“There is no new information, but these two people were still out on bail as of Sunday [July 3] and have not been prosecuted,” the deputy minister said.

“They are waiting to see the judge and have successfully hired a lawyer to handle legal matters.

“The embassy [of Vietnam in Spain] has sent staff to their place to provide legal help.”

Hong Dang, whose full name is Le Hong Dang, is a Vietnamese actor born in 1984 and managed by the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam Drama Production Center under VTV.

He started his acting career in 2004 and has played roles in many VTV dramas, but only rose to stardom in 2011.

He won the ‘Impressive Actor’ awards at VTV Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the prize for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ at the 2016 Golden Kite Award, Vietnam’s version of the Oscars, by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

Ho Hoai Anh is a Vietnamese musician and music producer born in 1979 and has worked at the Vietnam National Academy of Music for 20 years.

He won the ‘Musician of the Year’ prize at the prestigious Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards in 2010 and was awarded the state title of ‘Meritorious Artist’ in 2015.

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Police parade, martial arts, shooting performances take place in Vietnam’s Hue Citadel

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The final round of a police command, shooting, and martial arts competition, joined by officers from 16 provinces and cities, kicked off in Hue Citadel in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Wednesday, the contest’s finals are aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the People’s Police force (July 20).

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The event attracts the participation of 1,500 officers from People’s Police University and police units in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The opening ceremony of the final round was attended by Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security, several other police officials, and officials of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

It featured a parade of the mounted police force at Ngo Mon Square, as well as martial arts and shooting performances by police officers.

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese commune official suspended amid accusation of groping tenth grader

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The chairman of the commune-level Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has been suspended from work after being accused of groping a tenth grader.

The 15-day work suspension was given to Luong Van Toi, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa.

Competent authorities have reviewed and verified the video footage that appeared to show Toi groping the schoolgirl, Do Xuan Nam, Party chief of Thuong Xuan District, confirmed on Monday.

As the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune does not have a vice-chairman, the commune’s deputy Party secretary will take over from Toi during this period.

At around 4:20 pm on June 28, a man was caught on CCTV walking into the yard of a local house and talking to L.T., a tenth grader who lives at the residence.

The man then approaches the young girl and touches her shoulder and back.

After a few moments, he grabs T. and tries to kiss her, before she resists and pushes him away.

After looking at the video clip, T.’s family members believed that the man in the footage is Toi, thus they filed a denunciation to the authorities of Thuong Xuan District.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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