Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Vietnam in new virus scare as 15 cases emerge

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Xinhuathai

Vietnam, which recorded its first locally transmitted case of Covid-19 since April, has now closed the coastal resort city of Da Nang to tourists after 15 new cases were recorded there over the past 5 days. Tourists cannot enter the city for 14 days and up to 80,000, mostly domestic visitors, are being flown home.

Vietnam, along with Thailand, has been hailed as a success story of the pandemic, having acted early to close its borders and enforce quarantine and contact tracing. The country has recorded just over 400 cases but not a single Covid-related death.

But in the past 5 days, 100 days since its last locally transmitted case, 14 new cases have emerged in Da Nang, and another was reported in nearby Quang Ngai Province. Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday ordered Da Nang residents to reimplement social distancing and close all nonessential services. He said the response must be “decisive” but he was not yet ordering a total lockdown of the city.

Vietnam’s health minister says analysis by scientists found that the strain of the virus in Da Nang has not previously been detected in the country.

The first new case, patient #416, is a 57 year old man who sought medical care on July 20 for “flu symptoms”. He is now on a ventilator and in critical condition. Contact tracing identified more than 100 people who had interacted with the man, but all have tested negative at this stage.

Over the weekend, 3 more cases were confirmed, including a 17 year old from neighbouring Quang Ngai province, who had travelled home on a coach with people who had been at the Da Nang C Hospital. Da Nang C Hospital sealed its doors in response to that diagnosis.

Yesterday, a further 11 cases were confirmed. 7 are patients at a Da Nang hospital and 4 are medical staff. The hospital was not identified. The cases have raised fears that a second outbreak could be underway in Da Nang.

Hospitals across the country are also stepping up preventative measures, while the capital, Hanoi, is urging urging people to wear masks in public again.

Unlike many countries, Vietnam acted early on the pandemic, before it even had confirmed cases. It recognised that it did not have the resources to tackle widespread infection so it did everything possible to keep the virus out altogether, closing its borders to almost all visitors except returning citizens and requiring everyone entering the country to quarantine for 14 days. Most of its cases have been detected in quarantine.

An extensive contact tracing and testing operation also meant it was able to quickly quash local outbreaks.

Vietnam’s most famous foreign patient, a Scottish pilot who spent 68 days on a ventilator, was able to travel home earlier this month.

SOURCE: BBC

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. rinky stingpiece

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    The concern here is the connection between contagion and tourism. Without a perimeter and entry-exit testing regime, it’s hard to see how it can be contained and managed.

  2. Steve

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Where did the new vases in Vietnam originate from ? ?

  3. Robert A Kehne II

    Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Vietnam did not open its borders to my knowledge. So how does a virus that has a 14 day incubation period show up after 100 days? There is more to this story. Could it be that the virus has been there all the time but without testing it wasn’t detected? We will probably never know.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime6 hours ago

VIDEO: Thieves mess with the wrong gold shop owner in northern Thailand

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Immigration Police to Revise Visa Extension Criteria

Expats7 hours ago

Pattaya visa legend dies of cancer

Sponsored14 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Tourism7 hours ago

Transport officials expect tens of thousands of bus travellers in Thailand during three-day weekend.

Phuket8 hours ago

Chinese tourist found dead in Phuket

Crime8 hours ago

Overstaying former pro footballer arrested for hawking lottery tickets in Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand8 hours ago

Twitter investigation discovers mass censorship & blacklisting under previous regime

Thailand8 hours ago

Brief history of the Japanese Onsen in Thailand

Patong9 hours ago

Officials say no to floating lanterns and fireworks on Patong Beach

Protests9 hours ago

Teen protestor claims police harassment

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand’s Full Moon Party attracts 12,000 tourists

Media10 hours ago

License to own unicorn issued by LA animal care authority

Hot News10 hours ago

Eight celebrities to join Japanese tycoon in space venture around the moon

North East10 hours ago

In northeast Thailand, a pretty camping site is being offered for free

Weather11 hours ago

Flash flood warning issued for 9 provinces in southern Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending