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Vietnam reports first community virus in almost three months

Vietnam reported its first local transmission of COVID-19 in nearly three months on Monday, with officials scrambling to prevent a wider outbreak in the country's most populous city. 

Vietnam reports first community virus in almost three months
A vendor selling deep-fried sweet rice balls waits for customers in the old quarters of Hanoi on November 30, 2020. AFP
The communist nation was applauded earlier this year for controlling the pandemic with strict restrictions on movement, extensive quarantine measures, and a robust track-and-trace regime.

But late on Monday, the health ministry announced that that it had detected coronavirus in a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City, a relative of a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who tested positive on the weekend. 

"A temporary lockdown has been made on locations (in the city) where the patient had visited," the ministry said in a statement, adding that dozens of people in contact with the latest case had been put under quarantine.

Vietnam has recorded just 1,347 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths across a country of 95 million.

Life has almost returned to normal in the country over the past almost three months, despite a summer outbreak centred on the beach resort city of Danang that put health authorities back on high alert. 

Topics: Vietnam , transmission , COVID-19 , Ho Chi Minh City quarantine ,
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