Vietnam detects 1st local Covid-19 cases in almost 2 months

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected two community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the health ministry announced Thursday.

It comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions of people travel the country to visit their families.

The Ministry of Health reported in a statement that it has launched an investigation to find out the origin of the two positive cases: a 34-year-old woman in Hai Duong province infected with the more infectious United Kingdom strain of the coronavirus, and a 31-year-old man in the Quang Ninh province.

Both have been admitted to a hospital in Hanoi.

The authorities have sent tracking teams to the two provinces and have ordered increased testing in the affected towns.

The two cases, in a country that has accumulated just 1,551 infections and 35 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, forced the interruption of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s participation in the Communist Party Congress being held in Hanoi to elect leadership for the next five years.

The prompt adoption of measures such as the closure of borders to tourists since March and the effectiveness of its tracking teams have been some of the aspects experts have attributed to the success of Vietnam so far containing its epidemic.

The Southeast Asian country on Thursday was placed second behind New Zealand in a coronavirus management rankings of almost 100 countries and territories prepared by the Lowy Institute in Australia. EFE-EPA


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