Vietnam reported five new COVID-19 cases in the community on Thursday afternoon, bringing its total confirmed cases to 464, according to its Ministry of Health.
The latest cases, aged between 45 and 69, are residents of Vietnam’s central Quang Nam province, including patients and relatives visiting or taking care of patients of Da Nang Hospital in the central city of Da Nang, according to the ministry.
Da Nang, which has seen a number of community COVID-19 cases over the past few days, has started a social distancing since Tuesday, while its nearby tourism city of Hoi An in Quang Nam will also implement social distancing measures from Friday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Having confirmed two community cases related to Da Nang since Wednesday, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi has begun rapid COVID-19 tests on 21,000 people returning from Da Nang between July 1 and Wednesday, and expects to finish the tests by Saturday. Those with positive results will be retested with reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, the news agency reported.
Vietnam recorded 14 cases of COVID-19 infection on Thursday alone. A total of 369 patients in the country have totally recovered from the disease with no deaths reported as of Thursday, while there are over 81,500 people being quarantined and monitored, according to the health ministry.
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