Twelve new cases have been reported in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Saturday, with the first two deaths due to the virus, according to the Ministry of Health. Today’s outbreak has led to a total of 116 cases since the virus reappeared in Southeast Asia last week.
The new patients were between the ages of two and 78 and were being monitored at Danan Hospital, according to the Ministry of Health.
Vietnam has successfully controlled the virus for months, with the first two deaths on Friday. A total of 558 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the current outbreak was “dangerous” for every state and city, unlike the second outbreak in March.
On Tuesday, all flights from Danang were suspended for 15 days.
Authorities say about 18,000 tourists have been evacuated to southern Ho Chi Minh City due to an outbreak in Da Nang.
He called on tourists across the country to be extra vigilant and ordered tight control of Danang.
On Tuesday, public gatherings were banned in Hanoi and thousands of domestic tourists were urged to report to authorities. There are also bars and bars in the city. Roadside restaurants and karaoke bars have been closed.