Monday, July 27, 2020

Vietnam detects first locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since April

Nation brings in strict new measures and evacuates 80,000 people from city of Danang

Vietnam has reimposed restrictions after the first locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in the country in over three months were recorded. Photograph: Hau Dinh/AP

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people from the central city of Danang and reimposing disease-prevention measures after four local coronavirus cases were detected, the first to be recorded in the country for more than three months.
Life had returned to normal for many in the country, which had been praised widely for taking quick action to contain Covid-19 and was on the brink of reaching 100 days without any new local infections. On Saturday, however, a 57-year-old man was confirmed to have tested positive, in the first community infection since April.
Social distancing measures have been introduced indefinitely across Danang, a tourist hotspot, with all religious, sports and cultural events suspended. Wearing masks in public places in the city is now compulsory and gatherings of more than 30 people at public places are banned, the government has said.

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