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Vietnam quarantines commune of 10000 over virus fears

Vietnam quarantines commune of 10000 over virus fears”

The health ministry previously said five people in Son Loi had been infected with the virus, and on Thursday reported a sixth case.

Vietnamese authorities have placed an entire commune under quarantine for 14 days in connection with the coronavirus, with just over 10,000 locals affected.

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Vietnam, which shares a porous border with China, has 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including those in Son Loi. The virus is said to have stemmed from a group of eight workers who returned from Wuhan on January 17.

The infection has since spread to others, including a 3-month-old baby.

The province is home to factories operated by Japan's Honda and Toyota. Local authorities have set up shops and provided food and face masks for residents there, the first official said.

Vietnam quarantines commune of 10000 over virus fears

It has been announced that the Chinese Grand Prix will be postponed after the outbreak of the Coronavirus. "We are putting in every effort and believe we'll be able to contain it".

Although 10,000 people have been quarantined, only six people have actually been confirmed to have the virus.

Each resident in the commune will be provided with a daily stipend of VND40,000 (US$1.7), and an additional VND60,000 ($2.5) per quarantined household, during the isolation period.

Villages in Vietnam with 10,000 people close to the nation's capital were placed under quarantine on February 13 after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said.

Vietnam had banned all flights to and from mainland China in a bid to stop the virus from spreading.

On Feb. 11, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the world must "wake up and consider this enemy virus as public enemy number one", adding that the first vaccine was most likely 18 months away.

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