VOV.VN - The Health Ministry on February 16 morning reported the detection of two fresh local transmissions in northern Hai Duong province, the nation’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, bringing the infection tally of the new wave since January 27 to 679.
The new cases are F1 of previously confirmed patients tied to local coronavirus outbreaks in Cam Giang and Kinh Mon districts, and had already been put in isolation since last month.
With the two latest cases, Hai Duong remains the locality with the highest number of local infections at 501.
Vietnam's total COVID-19 infection tally is now 2,271, with 1,541 recoveries.
In the face of the complicated development of the pandemic, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has adopted the enforcement of social distancing measure under Directive 16 in the whole Hai Duong province, adding that the measure can be carried out in in high-risk areas of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Chu Xuan Dung, head of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee told a recent meeting of the committee that street eateries, iced tea shops, cafes, relic sites such as temples or pagodas in the capital city will be closed from 0:00 on February 16 to prevent the risk of spreading the coronavirus to the wider community.
As of 20:00 on February 15, Hanoi recorded 35 community cases, with most of the cases involving in two outbreaks of the northern Hai Duong province's Chi Linh City, and Van Don airport in Quang Ninh province. The three latest cases are related to a Japanese patient's death which is under further investigation regarding the source of transmission.