Vietnam to limit gatherings to 20 people to curb coronavirus spread

Vietnam's health ministry has confirmed 148 cases of the coronavirus, but has not reported any deaths. (AFP)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Vietnam to limit gatherings to 20 people to curb coronavirus spread

  • Prime minister called on major urban cities in Vietnam to temporarily shut down non-essential services

HANOI: Vietnam will ban gatherings of more than 20 people at a time for the next two weeks to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the Southeast Asian country’s prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, said on Thursday.
Phuc also called on major urban cities in Vietnam to temporarily shut down non-essential services. Vietnam’s health ministry has confirmed 148 cases of the virus, but has not reported any deaths.


Philippines coronavirus testing to be stepped up soon: WHO

Updated 31 March 2020

Philippines coronavirus testing to be stepped up soon: WHO

  • The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines rose to 78 on Monday
  • WHO said it expects testing to substantially increasing in the coming days

MANILA: Coronavirus testing is expected to increase substantially in coming days in the Philippines, where the high number of deaths relative to confirmed cases reflects lower testing so far, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday.
The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines rose to 78 on Monday — the second highest in Southeast Asia outside Indonesia — with 1,546 reported infections.
“With respect to the high proportion of deaths in the Philippines, that’s essentially because of the way Philippines has chosen to test,” WHO technical adviser Matthew Griffith told a news conference, referring to the focus on testing only the most severe cases until now.
“We expect the testing to increase substantially in the coming days.”