HANOI: Vietnam on Tuesday locked down its third-largest metropolis for 2 weeks after 15 instances of COVID-19 had been present in a hospital, the federal government stated. The brand new instances within the central metropolis of Da Nang are the […]
The brand new instances within the central metropolis of Da Nang are the primary confirmed to be regionally transmitted within the nation in over three months.
Public transport into and out of Da Nang was canceled. Over the weekend, hundreds of largely Vietnamese vacationers reduce quick their summer time holidays within the standard seaside vacation spot. The lockdown has dealt a tough blow to the town’ tourism trade, which was simply being revived after earlier coronavirus instances largely subsided on the finish of April.
Resort friends rapidly ended their stays and canceled upcoming journeys upon the information of the primary case, one hotelier stated on the situation of anonymity as a result of he was not approved to talk to the media.
“Our lodge is now empty,” the hotelier stated. “However we had to assist our friends depart the town once they nonetheless had the chance yesterday.”
Da Nang seashores, which host some 50,000 folks a day, are actually closed. Solely safety personnel had been seen on the seashores Tuesday as they patrolled to make sure nobody was gathering.
Authorities estimated a number of thousand folks can be stranded by the transportation shutdown and requested inns to shelter them.
“We didn’t need to rush to the airport to depart the town due to the danger of being in a crowded place. So we are actually caught right here,” stated Lien Nguyen, who’s touring along with her household of 4 for his or her summer time trip.
“However it isn’t a nasty place to get stranded for 2 weeks,” she stated.
On Sunday, the federal government ordered unessential enterprise to shut and required folks to observe social distancing within the metropolis of 1.1 million folks.
All 15 instances within the new outbreak are sufferers and well being staff at Da Nang hospital.
With the brand new infections, Vietnam has reported 431 instances of Covid-19 and not using a dying.
It had recorded no native transmissions of the virus since April, with all new instances coming from abroad. Vietnam on Tuesday dispatched an plane to Equatorial Guinea to repatriate 129 staff who’ve Covid-19, the well being ministry stated.