Vietnam Alarmed After First COVID-19 Cases in Months

Vietnam has closed Da Nang to tourists after four new locally transmitted coronavirus cases were recorded, the country’s first since April.

No tourists can enter the city for 14 days and extra flights are scheduled to fly out some 80,000 domestic tourists. People may be asked to quarantine on their return, according to media reports. 

Vietnam has been lauded as a success story of the pandemic, having acted early to close borders and enforce quarantine and contact tracing. It has recorded just over 400 cases and no deaths.

But nearly 100 days after its last locally transmitted case, four new cases emerged in Da Nang, a central coastal city popular with domestic tourists.

The prime minister said the response had to be “decisive” but that he was not yet ordering a total lockdown of the city.

Non-essential businesses have been ordered to close and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned. Tourism travel has been suspended for 14 days.


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