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Hanoi locks down busy downtown shopping tower over suspected coronavirus infection

Hanoi locks down busy downtown shopping tower over suspected coronavirus infection

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:27 GMT+7
Hanoi locks down busy downtown shopping tower over suspected coronavirus infection
A barricade is erected at the entrance to Tower A of the Vincom Ba Trieu shopping center in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, July 28, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hanoi have sealed off a tower in the Vincom Ba Trieu complex, one of the busiest shopping malls in the capital, after a security guard reportedly contracted the coronavirus.

All residents and employees working in Tower A at Vincom Ba Trieu, located at 191 Ba Trieu Street, Le Dai Hanh Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, have been asked to remain in the building until further notice.

“Initially, we identified 14 colleagues who had been in close contact with the security guard suspected of having COVID-19,” Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, chairwoman of Le Dai Hanh Ward, said on Wednesday afternoon. 

“Healthcare workers have sprayed disinfectant, taken samples for testing, and are waiting for test results before carrying out further pandemic prevention measures."

The Ministry of Health on Thursday morning confirmed 2,821 new domestic COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s tally to 123,640, including 27,457 recoveries, as recorded since early 2020.

Of the latest cases, one was detected in Hanoi while 1,715 infections were logged in Ho Chi Minh City, which has recently led the country in daily new infections, with thousands of patients confirmed per day.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have accounted for 1,082 and 78,904 cases, respectively, of the country’s total of 121,433 domestic infections

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