Vietnam locks down village with cluster of cases

Vietnamese news media say a community northwest of the capital Hanoi has been locked down due to a cluster of cases of Covid-19 confirmed there.

The village of Son Lai in Vinh Phuc province was quarantined after Vietnam’s 16th case was confirmed in a 50-year-old man. According to the Health Ministry, the quarantine will last 20 days.

The online newspaper VN Express says the latest case has a daughter who was infected. She was part of a group of eight Vietnamese workers for a Japanese company who had been training in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

The workers returned to Vietnam on Jan. 17, and six have so far tested positive for the virus.

Vinh Phuc province has 11 of the country’s 16 cases, with the man bringing Son Lai’s total to eight.

Provincial authorities have established mobile shops and provided food and free masks to over 10,600 people.

Authorities have also set up a field hospital with 300 beds and a 200-bed facility at a military school. AP

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