Vietnam's central city to implement social distancing after new community COVID-19 cases reported

July 28, 2020

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed to implement a social distancing order in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang starting from Tuesday following three new community COVID-19 cases reported in the city in the past weekend, before which Vietnam has seen no new community cases in over three months, Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.

The decision was made at a government meeting on combating COVID-19 held on Monday morning.

Social distancing measures in Da Nang will include wearing face masks in public places and on public transport, and temporarily halting the operation of non-essential businesses and passenger transport activities, the news agency reported.

People traveling to Vietnam's capital city Hanoi, southern Ho Chi Minh City and other localities from Da Nang will be tested and quarantined if necessary, according to the report.

The prime minister also ordered the Ministry of Health to strengthen resources to support Da Nang in testing and treatment, said the news agency.

Vietnam has confirmed four COVID-19 cases in the community in Da Nang and its central Quang Ngai province as of Monday morning, according to the health ministry.