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Vietnam evacuating 80,000 people from city after three positive coronavirus tests

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Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Danang after three residents tested positive for coronavirus, the government has said.

The South East Asian country was back on high alert after it confirmed its first community infections since April this weekend, with three cases in the tourism hotspot of Danang reported on Sunday.

The evacuation will take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily from Danang
to 11 Vietnamese cities, the government said in a statement.

Vietnam has imposed strict quarantine measures and carried out an aggressive and widespread testing programme during the pandemic.

The three new cases include a 17-year-old boy in the central province of Quang Ngai and a 71-year-old woman in Danang city, the government said in a statement.

A 61-year-old man from Danang is also reported to have tested positive for the virus.

The extra cases over the weekend brought the country’s total to 420, according to the Johns Hopkins University which is tracking the outbreak.

Vietnam has no recorded deaths from the virus.

 

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