Vietnam tightens restrictions amid severe Covid-19 spike

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, May 10 (EFE).- Vietnam has tightened its Covid-19 restrictions to curb a spike in coronavirus infections after a single-day record of 125 cases were reported on Monday.

Schools across the country have been closed, except for students sitting final high school exams, while major cities have shut down bars and massage centers from 6 pm.

After a month of zero cases, Vietnam has reported over 400 locally transmitted cases since 29 April.

The outbreak could have impact political stability in the country if it continues to spread, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh warned on Sunday.

Last week, the government extended the mandatory quarantine for overseas arrivals from 14 to 21 days, after several cases were detected in international travelers even after they had tested negative following the 2-week period of isolation.

The health authorities fear of the spread of the highly transmissible variant originated in India after a 4-day holiday in which millions of people traveled across the country.

Vietnam, among the countries that has best managed the pandemic so far, has reported a total of 3,461 cases with 35 deaths, while 700,000 people have been vaccinated, the government’s most recent data showed. EFE


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