Vietnam's Danang to test entire population as outbreak spreads beyond city

Residents wait to be tested at a makeshift rapid testing centre in Hanoi

Vietnam reports first virus death after months of successful countermeasures

Vietnam's health ministry on Sunday reported four new coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted and two imported cases.

The 45 latest patients, aged between 27 and 87, are linked to three hospitals and two clinics in Danang, according to the health ministry. Therefore Fusion Media doesn't bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

A third person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said today, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.

The municipal Department of Health has enlisted around 600 medical students and 100 technicians to help with collecting Covid-19 samples in the city as it bids to stop community transmission of the novel coronavirus, said Ngo Thi Kim Yen, director of the Da Nang health department at a meeting Saturday.

Since then almost 100 people who had travelled to Danang have tested positive across the country, leaving health authorities scrambling to snuff out the outbreak. All have other underlying illnesses.

Vietnam reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Saturday afternoon, bringing its total confirmed cases to 586, according to its Ministry of Health. It has spread to six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, forcing authorities to reimpose virus restrictions.

Experts worry the actual number of cases could be far higher.

At least 21,000 people are undergoing rapid test swabs for the virus in the capital Hanoi after travelling to Danang. "We must be responsible for the entire community".

Vietnam has also detected new coronavirus cases in other cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with links to Danang, a tourism hot spot. The popular destination was put under lockdown Tuesday, and testing and business restrictions increased in other areas. The city on Friday began setting up a makeshift hospital in a sports auditorium and doctors have been mobilized from other cities to help. Its pedestrian streets, adorned with lanterns, were empty and nonessential services and gatherings were banned.

CDC: US to Reach 180K Deaths by End of August
Former U.S. Marine Sentenced to Nine Years in Russian Prison