Vietnam has reported its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, hours before its largest city starts a strict lockdown in order to curb the virus spread, the government said.
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Vietnam has reported its highest daily death toll from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, hours before its largest city starts a strict lockdown in order to curb the virus spread, the government said.
The Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 737 deaths, increasing the death toll to 8,277, and more than 11,000 new infections, most in Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring Binh Duong province.
On Friday, the government imposed another two weeks of lockdown on Ho Chi Minh City, with tighter restrictions starting from Monday.
People in the city of 10 million are required to “stay put” and “stay in.”
Over the weekend, supermarkets were packed with people queuing to stock up on food and necessities ahead of the lockdown order. Shoppers lined up outside supermarkets for hours and found many shelves were already low on stock.
The city has already been in lockdown since June, with public gatherings banned and non-essential business closed.
People could only leave their homes to buy food or for urgent matters. Under the new measures, people in high-risk areas cannot leave home at all.
Vietnam’s government says it is sending troops to Ho Chi Minh City to help deliver food and aid to households.
Vietnam is experiencing its worst outbreak of the pandemic, with more than half the country in lockdown to contain the virus.
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