Vietnam, which is dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic It announced new restrictions for the country’s largest city on Sunday, a day after the country’s health minister said a “very dangerous” new strain of the coronavirus had been detected.
New social distancing regulations will be imposed in Ho Chi Minh City. It used to be known as Saigon and has a population of about nine million. About twice the size of the capital Hanoi The restrictions included a five-person limit for public gatherings, state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported, with a church in Ho Chi Minh City at the center of a group with at least 126 patients, according to state media.
City officials said Residents should maintain a strict social distance of at least 6 feet and stay home unless absolutely necessary. Especially if they are over 60, Tuoi Tre reported. It said the restrictions would go into effect at midnight.
Until recently, Vietnam, a country of about 97 million people, has achieved remarkable success in stopping the virus last year, never reporting more than 50 new cases in a single day. by the end of April Fewer than 3,000 cases have been reported and only 35 deaths have been reported.
but since then The number of cases has more than doubled to nearly 7,000 and the death toll has risen to 47. The coronavirus has now spread to at least 30 municipalities and provinces in the country.
The discovery of Vietnam’s new variant was reported at a government meeting on Saturday by Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long. He said there were characteristics of the variants first identified in India and England. Quote from Reuters which received a recording of the meeting
“It’s very dangerous that this new Indian variant has a mutation that originally belonged to a UK variant,” Long said. He said lab tests indicated the variant replicated itself rapidly. very which he said could explain the growing number of cases in Vietnam.
But it was not immediately clear how much was understood about this variable. Either as rapid reproduction in normal conditions as in the lab. What specific mutations are mutations and how widespread are they? The virus continues to mutate. But most mutations are reduced. Mr Long said the government would release information on the matter soon.
before sunday Vietnam has imposed many restrictions on outbreak areas. This includes closing restaurants, bars, clubs, parks and spas. It also imposes a nationwide ban on religious gatherings.
Other Southeast Asian countries are battling their biggest outbreaks, including Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, which on Saturday More than 9,000 new cases have been reported for the fifth consecutive day. Taiwan Another success story from last year. is experiencing the largest outbreak
The five governments are trying to increase vaccination efforts. Health experts say the pace is slow. of vaccination in many countries around the world This raises the risk that new, more deadly and more contagious strains will continue to emerge.
Chau Doan contributed reporting.