Vietnam Quarantines Commune with 10,000 Residents Amid Virus Scare

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

"As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune", a statement from the country's Health Ministry said.

Wang admits that he still faces huge losses, estimating that he has managed to sell 1,500 yuan ($215) worth of vegetables a day so far, far lower than the 20,000 yuan ($3,581) a day he usually brings in when the restaurant is open.

The commune is situated in Vietnam's northern Vinh Phuc province, where 11 of the country's 16 cases have been reported.

A Vietnamese health worker sprays chemicals to disinfect an area in Vinh Phuc province. People were still allowed to enter and leave the commune, which has a population of 10,641, according to official data.

The drastic measures have been imposed after a sixth case of the virus was confirmed in Son Loi today, in addition to five who were already infected.

They all originated from a female worker who was sent to Wuhan in central China - where the virus originated - for training. The disease then spread to her family and her neighbors, including a three-month-old baby.

"Life has been badly affected", he told AFP by phone, adding that much of the labour force is reliant on jobs in construction and house painting.

'Now we can not get out and even if we do, clients don't welcome us that much as before'.

It has banned all flights to and from mainland China.

Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the epidemic on February 1 and banned all flights to and from China, where more than 1,300 people have died from the virus.



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