Vietnam, capital of Hanoi closed due to rising cases
Vietnam has ordered the closure of the eight million inhabitants of the capital Hanoi, as a last-ditch attempt to curb a serious coronavirus outbreak that has already forced a third of the country to stay home. Yesterday, authorities reported more than 7,000 new infections nationwide, the third record number of daily infections in a week. After successfully containing limited coronavirus outbreaks last year, Vietnam has experienced an increase in cases since late April. About a third of Vietnam’s 100 million people are already subject to closure orders. But the outbreak showed few signs of slowing down and the city of Ho Chi Minh, which has registered most recent cases, yesterday issued a stay-at-home order for its citizens. Authorities have launched a city-wide disinfection campaign, which will last a week.