Vietnam counts record number of cases as coronavirus creeps back

Residents wait to be tested at a makeshift rapid testing center in Hanoi as Vietnam recorded a rise in coronavirus cases on July 31, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 31 July 2020

Vietnam counts record number of cases as coronavirus creeps back

  • Communist state has won praise for stubbing out the coronavirus early
  • A man tested positive for COVID-19 in the southern city of Danang

HANOI: Vietnam has recorded 45 new cases of COVID-19 — its highest single daily tally since the pandemic began — as an outbreak in the resort city of Danang erodes the country’s efforts to stay virus-free.
The Communist state won praise for stubbing out the virus early with strict restrictions on movement, extensive quarantine measures and a robust track and trace regime.
It had not recorded a locally transmitted infection for nearly 100 days.
But that changed over the weekend, when a man tested positive for COVID-19 in the southern city of Danang, a beach resort usually packed with tourists.
Since then nearly 100 people who had traveled to Danang have tested positive across the country, leaving health authorities scrambling to snuff out the outbreak.
The number of “infected people increased at a record figure with new 45 cases” the Suc Khoe Doi Song newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Ministry of Health, said on Friday.
The patients are aged between 27 and 87 and all are patients or employed at Danang’s hospitals or their relatives, it added.
State media said a makeshift hospital is being set up at a Danang sports center in anticipation of the outbreak worsening.
Flights in and out of Danang and public transport within the city have already been suspended, and the majority of its 1.1 million inhabitants have been advised to remain at home.
At least 21,000 people are undergoing rapid test swabs for the virus in the capital Hanoi after traveling to Danang. Similar tests are also conducted in business hub Ho Chi Minh City for returnees from Danang.
Bars have been closed in the nearby Hue, while tourism is suspended in the historic city of Hoi An.
The communist state has won praise for its handling of the virus — reporting just 509 infections in total, including those from the new wave, and no deaths despite sharing a long border with China.


India sees another single-day record increase in COVID-19 cases

Updated 14 August 2020

India sees another single-day record increase in COVID-19 cases

  • India’s confirmed cases reached 2,461,190 with at single-day spike of 64,553 cases reported in the past 24 hours
  • India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours

NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain’s to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday.
According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
India’s confirmed cases reached 2,461,190 with at single-day spike of 64,553 cases reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said. India is behind the United States and Brazil in total positive cases. More than 70% of people infected in India have recovered.
The daily increase in newly reported infections was around 15,000 in the first week of July but jumped to more than 50,000 in the first week of August. The ministry cited its testing efforts, with more than 800,000 tests in a single day, taking cumulative tests to more than 26 million.
Health experts say it needs to be higher, given India’s population of 1.4 billion.
India’s two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has eased and is now largely being enforced in high-risk areas. The new cases spiked after India reopened shops and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return to their homes from coronavirus-hit regions.