Vietnam reports 1st ever virus death after renewed outbreak

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 2, 2020

The Southeast Asian country is battling a new outbreak of the virus following months of successful countermeasures which saw the country keep its coronavirus tally relatively low. All have other underlying illnesses.

The city is where the virus re-emerged in the country last week after 100 days.

Vietnam had been seen as a global success story in combating the coronavirus with zero deaths and no confirmed cases of local transmission for 99 days.

Meanwhile, authorities of the capital city, Hanoi said late on Saturday it had carried out around 49,000 tests since Thursday after the city ordered mass testing for all people who recently returned from the popular coastal city.

The additional cases took the daily infection total to 82 for Friday, of which 26 were imported from overseas and detected in quarantine, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. It has grown to 104 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, forcing authorities to reimpose virus restrictions. "Since coming back, my family and I have quarantined ourselves at home. We must be responsible for the entire community". Similar tests are also conducted in business hub Ho Chi Minh City for returnees from Danang.

But that changed over the weekend, when a man tested positive for COVID-19 in the southern city of Danang, a beach resort usually packed with tourists.

Healthcare workers talk to a local resident (C) near the house of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient as they investigate infection links in Hanoi, Vietnam July 30, 2020.

As the number of case continues to increase, Da Nang has tightened security and set up more checkpoints to prevent people from leaving or entering the city, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday. The city on Friday began setting up a makeshift hospital in a sports auditorium and doctors have been mobilized from other cities to help.

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