Vietnam COVID-19 News: Da Nang, Vietnam’s Third Largest City Goes Into Lockdown As COVID-19 Cases Grows
Vietnam COVID-19 News
: Vietnam that had so far been largely protected from the ravages of the COVID-19 crisis and has for a record time reported no local transmissions surprisingly today (28th
July) locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital according to local health officials.
It was announced that public transport into and out of the central city of Da Nang was stopped.
It was reported that over the weekend, thousands of mostly Vietnamese tourists had to end their summer holidays by visiting the popular beach destination. The lockdown has dealt a hard blow to the city' tourism industry, which was just being revived after earlier coronavirus cases mostly subsided at the end of April.
Many hotel guests prematurely ended their stays and cancelled upcoming trips upon the news of the first case, one hotelier said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.
One hotelier of a 4 star property commented, "Our hotel is now empty, the hotelier said.But we had to help our guests to leave the city when they still had the opportunity yesterday."
Da Nang beaches, which host some 55,000 individuals daily are now closed. Only security personnel were seen on the beach Tuesday as they patrolled to ensure no one was gathering.
Government authorities estimated several thousand people would be stranded by the transportation shutdown and asked hotels to shelter them.
Vinh Tranh , who is travelling with his family of five for their summer vacation said, "We did not want to rush to the airport to leave the city because of the risk being in a crowded place. So we are now stuck here. But it is not a bad place to get stranded for two weeks."
Late Sunday, the government ordered unessential business to close and required individuals to practice social distancing in the city of 1.1 million population.
All new 15 COVID-19 cases in the new outbreak are patients and health workers at Da Nang hospital.
However even with the new infections, Vietnam has reported only 431 cases of COVID-19 without a single death.
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