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Vietnam to prepare for possible lockdown



HANOI - Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan phuc advised major cities to prepare for possible lockdowns due to COVID-19 increasing numbers of infected persons in their country and in the Southeast Asian Nations.

"Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have to review and update plans to battle the virus, and have to stand ready for city lockdown scenarios," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a statement.

"Vietnam has entered the pandemic's peak period, major cities have to speed up and take advantage of each hour and minute to carry out defined measures," Phuc said.

The Vietnamese government has ordered a halt on inbound flights, cut domestic flights, stopped public gatherings and temporarily shut down non-essential services until April 15 at the earliest.

The government of Vietnam also already implemented home quarantine protocol and contract tracing program to prevent the spread of the virus brought by the locals and foreign visitors.

Vietnam has confirmed 194 infections but has had no reported deaths, according to the health ministry. More than 75,000 people are in quarantine. The country aims to keep the number of infections under 1,000.

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