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Vietnam’s first coronavirus outbreak in 99 days spreads fear, anxiety

Da Nang resident Le Tu Anh has been working from home since Tuesday, when a 14-day partial lockdown began in the city of 1.1 million as Vietnam endured a new wave of coronavirus infections linked to the tourism hot spot.

“All non-essentials are closed. Beaches are also closed. My parents live in Lien Chieu District where several positive cases were found so they are being on high alert,” she said, adding that her family is armed with face masks and hand sanitisers for whenever they need to venture out.

Vietnam was an early success story in the global fight against coronavirus, but its 99-day streak with no community transmission came to an end last Saturday , when new cases were reported in Da Nang, followed by other parts of the country. Health authorities have been unable to identify the source of the latest infections, raising concerns about further spread of the virus and prompting renewed restrictions.

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