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  • A worker sprays disinfectant at a restaurant where a worker tested positive with COVID-19 after travel from Da Nang, in Hanoi, Vietnam.  July 29,  2020.

    A worker sprays disinfectant at a restaurant where a worker tested positive with COVID-19 after travel from Da Nang, in Hanoi, Vietnam. July 29, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 29 July 2020
Opinion

According to national epidemiologists, recent infections correspond to an imported virus' strain detected in Da Nang, which seems to be more virulent than the one identified in April.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Wednesday warned about a higher risk due to a new COVID-19 outbreak.

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“We have to act more swiftly and more fiercely to control the outbreak,” Phuc said.

Da Nang city is the most affected by the new eruption with 30 confirmed cases.  Ho Chi Minh City registers two infections so far. Hanoi and the Central Highlands regions report one new contagion. 

According to national epidemiologists, recent infections correspond to an imported virus’ strain detected in Da Nang, which seems to be more virulent than the one identified in April. 

The authorities are concerned about the possibility of a wider spread of the disease as thousands of domestic tourists traveled from the coastal city of Da Nang to their hometowns.

As a precautionary measure, the Vietnam government is evacuating about 8,000 vacationers from Da Nang, who must comply with a quarantine period. The city is currently under lockdown.

As of Wednesday, Vietnam health authorities registered 450 COVID-19 cases, no casualties, and 369 recoveries from the virus.

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