Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people from the central city of Danang after three residents tested positive for coronavirus, the government has announced.
The country is back on high alert after it confirmed its first community infections since April this weekend, with three cases in the tourism hotspot of Danang.
The government said in a statement that the evacuation, which includes mostly tourists, will take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily from Danang to 11 Vietnamese cities.
The south east Asian country has imposed strict quarantine measures and carried out an aggressive and widespread testing programme during the pandemic.
The three new cases on Sunday include a 17-year-old boy in the central province of Quang Ngai and a 71-year-old woman in Danang city, the government said in a statement.
A 61-year-old man from Danang is also reported to have tested positive for the virus.
The evacuation of the city is part of Vietnam’s ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
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