COVID-19 UPDATE: With a population of approximately 96 million, Vietnam has only reported around 509 cases since the pandemic started. Even until three months prior to an outbreak of the virus in the popular resort city Da Nang, Vietnam had a clean slate when it came to new infections.
On Friday (31st July), the state media reported the country’s first Covid-19 death. The man who had succumbed to the virus was a resident of the central city of Hoi An and was 70 years old. A country that was proud of its zero fatalities and no new transmission for about 100 days, this is definitely a devastating blow.
The country was seen as a global success story for being able to contain the virus timely since there were no local transmissions reported since about mid-April. Vietnam was very swift in its efforts to curb the virus. Unlike most of the other countries, Vietnam had already started closing down borders to almost all travelers even before the cases were confirmed. An exception was made for returning citizens. Other than this, anyone who entered the country was supposed to quarantine itself for 14 days in a government facility.
This approach was definitely beneficial for the country to an extent, however, new cases were reported earlier this week at Da Nang. Health Ministry of Vietnam reported 45 new cases in the city. This is the biggest jump in the number of cases within the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
There were thousands of tourists in Da Nang from across the country, vacationing on its golden beaches. Many amongst the tourists thought that the threat of catching an infection had passed.
Vietnam however reacted quickly to the outbreak, and in an attempt to contain the spread the borders of the city were closed down. The city was further put under a complete lockdown on Wednesday (29th July).
There has been no confirmation with regard to the deaths by Vietnam’s Health Ministry.
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