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In Vietnam, a new outbreak of a more aggressive type of coronavirus, tens of thousands of tourists evacuated

In Vietnam, a new outbreak of a more aggressive type of coronavirus, tens of thousands of tourists evacuated

Vietnamese authorities have reported an outbreak of coronavirus infection in the city of Da Nang and surrounding provinces. Over the past five days, four cases of infection from unknown carriers have been registered there, and we are talking about a virus of a new type that has not previously been found in the country. This was reported on the website of the government of Vietnam.

According to the results of the first studies of Vietnamese doctors, the new type of virus is more aggressive than the previously known types: it is capable of multiplying more rapidly and causes a transition to a serious condition faster. Two of the four patients diagnosed with infection at the end of last week are currently connected to ventilators.

The penetration of a new type of virus into the central region of Vietnam, where the city of Da Nang is located, is linked by the Ministry of Health either to the entry of illegal migrants into the country or to a mutation of the virus. Prior to the outbreak in Da Nang, no cases were reported in Vietnam for more than three months.

According to BBC News , the first of four cases came to the doctor complaining of flu symptoms on 20 July. He is 57 years old. He is now on a ventilator, and doctors assess his condition as critical. How he contracted the coronavirus is not yet clear, it is known that he has not left Da Nang for a long time. There were no cases in his environment.

Vietnamese state news agency VNA reports that several areas with the highest risk of spreading infection have been blocked in and around Da Nang, where cases have been found in recent days.

As stated in the communiqué of the National Coordinating Committee for the Prevention and Control of the Spread of Coronavirus,  since July 27, the mandatory wearing of medical masks in crowded places and the observance of social distance will be introduced in Da Nang. The city will not receive tourists for the next two weeks. At the same time, a ban is introduced on all public events, until further notice the activities of entertainment establishments, including bars, nightclubs, karaoke and massage parlors, are suspended.

The Vietnamese authorities began to evacuate 80,000 tourists from other provinces of the country who came to rest in Da Nang. By order of the government, tourists who were going to rest in Da Nang in late July - early August are redirected to other resort areas. 

In addition, several suspects in organizing the illegal entry of foreign citizens, including citizens of the PRC, were detained in Da Nang. Detained smugglers and their "clients" are placed in isolation on the premises of temporary detention facilities and tested for coronavirus.

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