Coronavirus: Vietnam to test 1.1 million people in Danang

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2020

Vietnam on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus infections in the city of Danang, marking the country's biggest single-day jump in cases, as the health ministry sent more health experts to the central city in a bid to combat the outbreak.

Of the 28 new cases reported Saturday, 20 are from Da Nang hospitals and six are from local community transmissions in the city.

More than 800,000 people had travelled to the coastal city since July 1, and returned to their home provinces and cities, according to the government, while about 41,000 people had visited three hospitals there where most of the infections occurred. It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose restrictions.

Most of the new cases are linked to hospitals in Danang city, where the country last week detected its first locally transmitted infections in more than three months.

Of the 558 confirmed patients so far, 302 are imported cases, and 116 others related to the outbreak in central Da Nang city since July 25.

The Health Ministry said the latest fatalities included a 68-year old woman who was treated for blood cancer and a 61 year-old man who suffered septic shock and chronic kidney failure. All have other underlying illnesses. Before the latest outbreak Vietnam had a total of only 416 cases.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the country's southern hub, five people who returned from Da Nang have tested positive for the virus.

At least 21,000 people are undergoing rapid test swabs for the virus in the capital Hanoi after travelling to Danang. The popular destination was put under lockdown Tuesday, and testing and business restrictions increased in other areas. Its pedestrian streets, adorned with lanterns, were empty and nonessential services and gatherings were banned.

The old town, Vietnam's top tourist attraction, started two weeks of social distancing on Friday morning in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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