Vietnam detects two coronavirus patients in nearly two months

World | 28 Jan 2021 11:42 am

Vietnam's health ministry on Thursday confirmed its first two local infections in

nearly two months, just weeks before the Lunar New Year holiday period, when big gatherings indoors are expected, Reuters reports.

Though a tiny number compared with new coronavirus infections in many countries, the two patients are a jolt for Vietnam. Thanks to strict quarantine, testing and tracing measures, it has reported only 1,551 patients and 35 deaths before Thursday, earning it a top three spot in a survey of how well countries have handled the pandemic.

On Thursday Vietnam's health ministry ordered provinces and state agencies to tighten screening and controls.

Contact tracing efforts were launched in two northern provinces Hai Duong and Quang Ninh, where the two new infections were detected - one of which was linked to the new UK variant of the virus - and a village in Hai Duong was locked down, according to state media. The UK variant has been determined to be much more easily transmissible.

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