The incidence of dengue fever has been increasing in the central province of Phu Yen, with 536 people contracting the disease so far this year.
In the first quarter alone hospitals received 344 cases, 7.6 times higher than the same period last year.
Local health authorities are taking measures to contain the disease.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Lam Dong Province to replant coffee trees
The Central Highlands Province of Lam Dong has approved a programme for replanting coffee trees in 2013-15, hoping to raise coffee productivity and quality and ensuring stable output.
The programme is expected to cost VND4.4 trillion (US$211.2 million).
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
HCM City, Thanh Hoa sign co-operation deal
HCM City and the central coastal province of Thanh Hoa on May 15 signed a socio-economic agreement for 2013-20 to boost co-operation in five areas: investment, tourism, education and training, social security, and IT.
Thanh Hoa has called on investors from HCM City to invest in new urban projects and trading centres in Thanh Hoa city, Sam Son town, and Nghi Son Economic Zone.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Expressway work to begin at year's end
Work on the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway is expected to begin at the end of this year, according to the Ministry of Construction.
To run through Long An Province, HCM City, and Dong Nai Province, the 57.8 km-long road will be built to expressway standard Level A with eight lanes and allowing speeds of 120km/h.
To be built by the Viet Nam Expressway Investment and Development Corporation, it will be one of 16 highways in the north-south highway axis in the master plan for national highway development.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Clam co-operatives merge in Ca Mau
Southernmost Ca Mau Province has decided to establish the Dat Mui Clam Breeding Co-operative by merging 16 former clam farming co-operatives that reported poor results.
With nearly 1,900 members, the new co-operative will manage 3,000ha, of which 2,400ha will farm clam for breeding.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)