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Coronavirus: Vietnam says contagion under control in virus epicentre but has spread elsewhere

HANOI - A new coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam spread to two more provinces on Wednesday (Aug 5), the country s Health Minister said, as the Covid-19 task force declared the contagion under control in the central city where the outbreak began. Aggressive contact-tracing, targeted testing and strict quarantining had helped Vietnam contain earlier outbreaks, but it is now battling infections in at least ten cities and provinces, after going more than three months without domestic transmission. The Health Ministry confirmed 41 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 713 infections, with 8 deaths.. The new outbreak was first reported on July 25 in the tourist resort city of Danang and has spread to major urban centres like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which have since closed entertainment venues, restricted gatherings and tested tens of thousands of people. Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told state media on Wednesday the outbreak had expanded to the provinces of Bac Giang near Hanoi and Lang Son, bordering China, both linked to the Danang infections.


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