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Da Nang locks down hospitals, streets linked to recent COVID-19 cases

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 13:54 GMT+7
Da Nang locks down hospitals, streets linked to recent COVID-19 cases
Police officers make preparations to fence off Quang Trung Street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Da Nang have locked down three local hospitals and four streets from July 28 until at least August 11 as these areas are linked to the locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases recently recorded in the city.

The lockdown was applied to Da Nang Hospital, Da Nang C Hospital, and Da Nang Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital.

Parts of four local streets, including Quang Trung, Hai Phong, Ong Ich Khiem, and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, were also fenced off.

The lockdown started at 0:00 on July 28 and will last until the end of August 11 and authorities say it may be further extended.

These areas are where recently-recorded COVID-19 patients had been prior to their diagnosis.

Many businesses and residents were seen evacuating their possessions from the areas on Monday night before the lockdown was enforced.

Vietnam has logged 15 locally transmitted infections since Saturday, ending the previous 99-day streak with no community transmissions.

Fourteen patients are being treated in Da Nang while one is in medical care in Quang Ngai Province, about 160 kilometers south of Da Nang.

Hai Phong Street is fenced off in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Hai Phong Street is fenced off in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

The government has decided to reinstate enhanced social distancing in Da Nang for at least 15 days from Tuesday, similar to measures enforced nationwide in early April, when Vietnam was at the peak of the pandemic.

Authorities in the coastal city have banned crowded events, shuttered non-essential services, and stopped receiving domestic tourists to prevent the virus from spreading.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally was at 431, with 365 having recovered as of Tuesday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said Monday the virus strain detected in the new wave of patients had not been identified in Vietnam before.

Police officers seal off a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Police officers seal off a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

The headquarters of Thach Trang Ward is located inside the lockdown area in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

The headquarters of Thach Trang Ward is located inside the lockdown area in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang Hospital is on lockdown in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang Hospital is on lockdown in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A vendor decides to stay inside the lockdown area in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A vendor decides to stay inside the lockdown area in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A street is fenced off in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A street is fenced off in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang C Hospital is on lockdown in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang C Hospital is on lockdown in Da Nang City, Vietnam, July 28, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

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