Social distancing rules have been applied in a town in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong after 12 suspected COVID-19 cases were detected there.
The provincial Center for Disease Control confirmed on Tuesday that the suspected cases had been recorded in Tan Uyen Town, Binh Duong Province a day earlier.
They came into direct contact with two patients who had been confirmed earlier.
As many of the 12 cases are factory workers in Binh Duong, which accommodates many industrial zones developed by both domestic and foreign investors, local authorities have decided to reinstate social distancing measures in Tan Uyen Town from 0:00 on Tuesday.
Local residents will have to follow regulations under the prime minister’s Directive No.16.
Under this directive, all residents are required to stay home and can only go outside when very necessary, such as buying food, supplies, medicine, and other essential goods, seeking medical examinations and treatment, or working in essential sectors.
People must keep a two-meter distance from one another, while the gathering of more than two people outside public offices, schools, and hospitals is forbidden.
Vietnam has documented 10,999 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 4,236 recoveries and 61 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has logged 7,787 local infections in 40 provinces and cities since April 27, including 13 patients in Binh Duong.