Vietnam records first COVID-19 death after virus re-emerges - state media

Ta Hien night street is seen amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Hanoi Vietnam

It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose restrictions.

Vietnam reported 37 more novel coronavirus infections late on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 546.

Some outlets published new articles shortly afterwards which said the man had died from a heart attack and underlying illnesses, as well as COVID-19. The country had recorded 100 days without a locally transmission case before the reemergence of the virus.

State media said a makeshift hospital is being set up at a Danang sports center in anticipation of the outbreak worsening.

New patients are linked to medical facilities in Da Nang, a popular tourist destination.

Authorities in Danang are building a 1,000-bed field hospital to ease the burden on the city's hospitals, four of which are under lockdown following a series of cases there. As in, the nation of almost 100 million people had recorded no deaths attributed to COVID-19. The death is a jolt to the country that had won worldwide praise for its handling of the pandemic-it acted aggressively before its first confirmed case by, among other things, closing its borders.

"I want to be tested so I can stop worrying if I have the virus or not". "Since coming back, my family and I have quarantined ourselves at home. We must be responsible for the entire community". Similar tests are also conducted in business hub Ho Chi Minh City for returnees from Danang. The old town, Vietnam's top tourist attraction, starts two weeks of social distancing on Friday morning in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Its pedestrian streets, adorned with lanterns, were empty and nonessential services and gatherings were banned.



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