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400 tourists stranded in Danang as second Covid-19 wave looms

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Just about 400 tourists remain in the central Vietnam city of Danang, officials told The Straits Times yesterday, after tens of thousands of tourists evacuated the city ahead of a 15-day long lockdown to combat a renewed coronavirus outbreak.

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Vietnam is on high alert, with 12 new infections confirmed yesterday across the country and the authorities racing to ring-fence the threat posed by returnees

While would-be travellers rushed to cancel their holiday bookings, a pizza parlour in Hanoi was disinfected and a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City was locked down, local media reported

The new infections logged yesterday were in Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Dak Lak province in the central highlands

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the current wave of infections was different from the previous wave Vietnam fought in March, and every province and city in the country was at risk, state broadcaster Vietnam Television reported

The source of this latest outbreak remains unclear as Vietnam has largely banned entry to foreigners since March and has quarantined all arrivals. Prior to last Saturday, the country had not seen any local transmission in over three months

While the law enforcement authorities have stepped up inspections and uncovered dozens of illegal entrants from China over the past month, none of them have tested positive for Covid-19 so far

The health authorities had earlier attributed the new infections to a more contagious strain of the coronavirus not detected in Vietnam before

The country of 97 million was among the first in South-east Asia to restart businesses and inter-provincial travel after a nationwide stay-home order

In May, it launched a local tourism campaign to stimulate the economy, with hotels and airlines offering deep discounts to get people back on the road

As a result, there were an estimated 80,000 tourists in the coastal city of Danang when local transmission was detected at the weekend

80,000 Estimated number of tourists in Danang when local transmission was detected at the weekend

12 Number of new coronavirus infections confirmed in Vietnam yesterday

450 Total number of Covid-19 infections Vietnam has so far

Mr Nguyen Xuan Binh, deputy director of Danang‘s department of tourism, told The Straits Times yesterday morning that about 400 tourists remain stranded in the city

At least six hotels have offered discounted rates to help them tide over the 15-day lockdown now in effect in Danang, where non-essential travel is prohibited

The rooms have to be inspected by the department of health to see if they meet social distancing regulations,” Mr Binh said

“We are trying our best to help tourists to return home as soon as possible. We are still working with other offices and related departments to offer more help.”

All flights and bus and train services to and from Danang were suspended from Tuesday, and residents have been ordered to stay home unless heading out for essential work or errands

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam has recorded 450 cases. None of the patients has died

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