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Vietnam evacuation: 80,000 set to leave tourist hotspot after coronavirus outbreak

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The country is on high alert after reporting its first community infection since April on Saturday. A further three locally transmitted cases were recorded on Sunday, all in or around Danang.

The evacuation of tourists from Danang, announced by the Vietnamese government on Monday, is expected to take at least four days.

Domestic airlines will operate around 100 daily flights from Danang to 11 cities in the country.

Vietnam remains closed to foreign tourists due to the pandemic.

But there has been a surge in domestic travellers.

Those returning from Danang to other parts of the country will be forced to quarantine for 14 days.

The three new cases on Sunday include a 61-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman from Danang and a 17-year-old boy from the province of Quang Ngai.

In addition to the evacuations, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered police to step up a crackdown on illegal immigration to the country in a bid to combat the new cases.

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Most were Vietnamese citizens and were quarantined.

The new cases come as Vietnam has managed to keep its total tally at just 420 with no deaths.

Vietnam has been largely successful in keeping infection rates down due to strict quarantine measures and a widespread testing programme.

It comes as countries around Asia are facing a second wave of coronavirus cases.

In China, locally transmitted infections have hit the highest number since March.

The country confirmed 57 new community cases on Sunday.

Hong Kong announced further restrictions on Monday including making it compulsory to wear face masks in all public places and a ban on eating at restaurants.

More than 2,600 cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong and 19 people have died.



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