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Vietnam reports record 7,968 coronavirus cases on Saturday

HANOI: Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 7,968 coronavirus cases on Saturday, a record daily increase from Friday’s record 7,307.

The ministry said in a statement that more than two-thirds of the cases are in Ho Chi Minh City.

After successfully containing the spread of the virus for most of the pandemic, the Southeast Asian country is facing a new outbreak, with the southern downtown Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces accounting for the majority of new infections.

On Friday, the ministry said it would extend the lockdown in the city until August 1 and will impose stricter restrictive measures in the capital, Hanoi, from Saturday. These measures include a ban on assemblies of more than two people and a suspension of public transport.

The capital also suspended motorcycle delivery services Saturday, including motorcycle delivery firms Grab and GoJek, in addition to existing restrictive measures.

The National Assembly, the country’s legislature, has decided to adjourn its meeting in Hanoi for three days until July 28 due to an outbreak.

To date, Vietnam has recorded 90,934 cases of coronavirus infection and at least 370 deaths. – Reuters

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