Two men in Hanoi and Da Nang were confirmed with Covid-19 Tuesday morning as Vietnam is dealing with a fresh community outbreak.
Around two million students from kindergarten to high school levels in Hanoi have been asked to stay home starting Tuesday amid rising coronavirus concerns.
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Vietnam confirms two more local Covid-19 cases in Da Nang, Hanoi, Health Ministry reported.
The Da Nang case, 28, resides in the central town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province but has come to live and work in neighboring Da Nang since April 29.
He started to show Covid-19 symptoms of fever and fatigue last Sunday and tested positive for the new coronavirus the next day.
The source of transmission has not been determined for this patient, who is now tagged “patient 2982.”
The Hanoi case, 26, lives in Bac Tu Liem District.
He was a passenger who sat near a group of Chinese experts, who had come to work in Vietnam and one had later been confirmed to have Covid-19 after returning back to their country, on Vietnam Airlines flight VN160 from Da Nang to Hanoi on April 29.
Hanoi students forced to stay home over latest Covid-19 outbreak.
Classes would switch to online study instead, the city’s Department of Education and Training said yesterday. Centers that teach foreign languages, computer skills and those that provide short-term education using foreign capitals would also have to suspend classes, it added.
For kindergarteners whose online classes are not an option, schools may apply other forms of technologies and collaborate with teachers and parents to educate the children instead.
According to a report by VNExpress, the decision followed Hanoi recording three community transmission cases which stemmed from a coronavirus outbreak in northern Ha Nam Province, coupled with the fact that a large number of people would return to the city after a four-day Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day holiday since last Friday.
Hanoi is the fifth Vietnam locality to let students stay home amid new coronavirus outbreaks, after the northerrn provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen and Yen Bai.
During a coronavirus outbreak last year, all Vietnamese students had to stay home and study online for nearly three months.
Since last Thursday, Vietnam has recorded 34 community transmission cases in Ha Nam, Hanoi, Hung Yen, HCMC, Da Nang and Vinh Phuc, following around a month with no community transmission.
The total coronavirus tally is at 2,983, with 35 deaths.