Coronavirus: Vietnam evacuates 80,000 people from the city after 11 positive COVID-19 tests | World news


Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Da Nang after 11 residents tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Southeast Asian country is back on alert after confirming its first community infections since April over the weekend.

The evacuation will take at least four days, with national airlines making about 100 flights a day from Da Nang to 11 Vietnamese cities, the government said in a statement.

The new 11 COVID-19[feminine[feminine the cases are all linked to a hospital and include four health workers, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.

Staff and passengers were seen wearing protective masks at Da Nang airport last week

The country has imposed strict quarantine measures and conducted an aggressive and widespread testing program during the pandemic.

The health ministry said it had recorded a total of 431 cases, with no deaths, and said it had performed more than 430,000 tests with nearly 12,000 people in quarantine.

Vietnam is still closed to foreign tourism, but there has been an increase in the number of domestic travelers looking to take advantage of discounted flights and vacation packages at local hotels and resorts.

Those returning from Da Nang to other parts of the country will need to be quarantined at home for 14 days, the health ministry said.

The evacuation of the city is part of the country’s continuing efforts to contain the COVID-19[feminine[feminine epidemic.

Vietnam had gone 99 days in a row without community transmission before a 57-year-old man was confirmed on Saturday, state media said.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Saturday demanded a drastic contact tracing and large-scale testing in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s top tourist destinations.

He also ordered a speedy investigation and strict punishment of illegal entrants into the country, especially Da Nang and Quang Nam province.

On Sunday, state media reported that Da Nang police arrested a 42-year-old Chinese man who led a criminal group that helps people enter Vietnam illegally from China.

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Authorities have not officially linked the new cases in Da Nang to illegal immigration.

The Da Nang Municipal People’s Committee put in place one-meter social distancing rules on Saturday, applicable from 1 p.m. the same day.


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