Vietnam is currently going through a tough phase after three residents in the tourist region of Da Nang tested positive for Coronavirus. Following the outbreak, the country has begun the process of evacuation of nearly 80000 people. Known for its beach resorts, Da Nang in Vietnam remains crowded with tourists throughout the year. But on Saturday, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the other area, and two more positives were found soon after.

According to the government, the evacuation process of such a large number of people will at least take four days. As of now, the airlines in Vietnam are operating 100 flights per day out of Da Nang to 11 Vietnamese cities. All the travellers, who are returning from Da Nang, are supposed to go under self-quarantine for 14 days (mandatory).

While the country remained shut for foreign travellers, there weren’t any restrictions on local tourists. Since April, no cases were reported from Vietnam until Saturday, which has put the government on high alert.

Following the cases, the Vietnamese government has again brought back the rule of social distancing in Da Nang, starting Tuesday. A lockdown kind of situation can be seen in the area as the locals have been asked to stay at home.

As a protective measure, the government has also banned social gatherings, bars, and beauty parlours and has asked residents not to celebrate any festival for the time being. The borders too have shut to foreign tourists.

With international travel shut, Vietnamese local travellers took the advantage of the opportunity and travelled within the country for holidays. However, after the announcement, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the officials to ramp up contact tracing and large-scale testing across the city.

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