COVID-19: Vietnam rushes to contain first local transmission

Updated: Jul 28, 2020, 09:39 IST | Agencies | Da Nang

It is evacuating 80,000 tourists, mostly domestic, from Da Nang city where four new cases of novel Coronavirus has been reported since Saturday - country's fresh outbreak since April

People enjoy on a beach in Vung Tau city, Vietnam, on Sunday. Pic/AP
People enjoy on a beach in Vung Tau city, Vietnam, on Sunday. Pic/AP

Vietnam, which was praised for quickly containing the spread of novel Coronavirus at just over 400 cases and no deaths, has for the first time reported local transmission of the disease, according to reports.

Since Saturday, a total of four new infections emerged in the country. According to a report in the Guardian, a 57-year-old man who tested positive in Da Nang on Saturday was the first case of community infection since April. Authorities are evacuating nearly 80,000 tourists, mostly domestic, from Da Nang, and re-imposed restrictions for the next 14 days.

On Sunday, a 61-year-old man was confirmed to be infected, a day after a 57-year-old tested positive for the Coronavirus. Both are in critical condition and require life support. More than 100 people have been identified during contract tracing, but they have all tested negative, reported BBC.

Among the two other who tested positive over the weekend include a 17-year-old from neighbouring Quang Ngai province who had been to Da Nang. He had travelled home with people who had visited Da Nang C Hospital on a bus.

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