Coronavirus Update: Vietnam announces lockdown for two weeks

Vietnam is the most recent nation to join a lockdown of two weeks to maintain social distancing and break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc advised people to stay at home and declared a ban on public get-togethers of more than two people.

Reports state that important services will be accessible, but people are expected to maintain a distance of at least a meter and a half from one another.

Countries all over the world have enforced restrictions on travel, implemented lockdowns, and sealed their borders to restrict the spread of Coronavirus.


Apparently, Vietnam has 212 confirmed cases as of now, and no deaths have been reported. In the meantime, Hanoi has set up its first makeshift testing services in residential communities, to identify the infections at the early stage. Initially, those will be for at-risk groups, along with those who have encounter infected patients and those living in an outbreak cluster.

Previously, Vietnamese Prime Minister has asked main cities to prepare for possible lockdowns in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. He declared that Vietnam has come into the pandemic’s peak period, and that major cities need to brace up and take benefit of each hour and minute to carry our possible and well-defined measures.

The Vietnamese Government has also requested a halt on inbound flights, domestic flights, public gatherings, and has momentarily shut down non-essential services until April 15 as of now.

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