July 31, 2020 / 11:38 AM / in 9 days

Vietnam reports 37 more coronavirus cases, 26 imported

A woman wearing a protective mask sells seafood during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hoi An tourism town, Vietnam July 31, 2020. Paul Mooney/Handout via REUTERS

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam reported 37 more novel coronavirus infections late on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 546.

The additional cases took the daily infection total to 82 for Friday, of which 26 were imported from abroad and detected in quarantine, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Friday marked the worst day so far in Vietnam’s fight against the coronavirus, with its largest daily case increase and its first COVID-19 death, all linked to a recent outbreak in Danang, the first in the country in 100 days.

Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty

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