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Vietnam deputy PM says COVID-19 outbreak to stay for a long time

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing protective suit walks past as local residents, who have returned after travelling to Da Nang, wait at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said on Tuesday that COVID-19 would stay in the country for a long time, adding that it would take at least a year for the population to have access to a vaccine.

“We have to take measures to live safely alongside the disease,” Dam said at a government meeting.

Vietnam, which first detected the novel coronavirus locally in January, has reported 983 cases and 25 deaths, with more than half of its infections in the past month alone.

Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty