More than 60,000 people have contracted coronavirus , known as COVID-19, which has resulted in more than 1,300 deaths. Fear throughout nations continues to grow as more and more people are struck down with the disease, and Vietnam is the latest country to enforce strict guidelines as it hopes to contain the virus.
There are less than 20 confirmed cases in Vietnam, at the time of writing, but authorities are looking to halt the virus in its tracks as authorities have ordered a major lockdown.
The government has stated Son Loi, which has a population of 10,000 where 11 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed and is 25 miles (40 kilometres) south of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, is to be quarantined for 20 days.
A statement from the health ministry said: “As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune. The timeline is for 20 days”.
A villager in Son Loi told AFP the quarantine is badly affecting daily life. Coronavirus latest: Vietnam quarantines 10,000 people as virus spreads – ‘Cannot get out’ (Image: GETTY) Tran Van Minh told AFP: “Life has been badly affected.
“Now we cannot get out and even if we do, clients don’t welcome us that much as before.”
A recent study from Imperial College London warned COVID-19 could be comparable to the influenza outbreaks of the 1900s, which included the Spanish Flu.The Spanish flu lasted from 1918 to 1920 and infected more than 500 million […]