July 29, 2020 / 6:06 AM / in 11 days

Vietnam PM says every province, city at risk of coronavirus infection

A health worker of Hanoi CDC gets a test sample of an employee of a pizza restaurant where another employee tested positive with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after travel from Da Nang city, in Hanoi, Vietnam July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Wednesday that every province and city in the country was at high risk of coronavirus infections, state broadcaster VTV reported, days after its first local transmission in more than three months.

“We have to act more swiftly and more fiercely in order to control the outbreak,” VTV quoted Phuc as telling a meeting of government officials, adding that the new “wave” appears to be different to that seen in Vietnam earlier this year.

He said tourist hubs throughout the country should increase vigilance and that Danang, where the new infections were found last week, would be placed on “strict lockdown”, the report said.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen and Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty

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