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Vietnam COVID cases hit record as omicron fears weigh

Prime minister orders authorities to tighten measures against new variant

A South Korean tourist is tested for COVID upon arrival on Vietnam's island of Phu Quoc in November.   © VINPEARL/Handout via REUTERS

HANOI -- Vietnam's daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit a record high this week, with growing global concern over the omicron variant driving the Southeast Asian country to consider steps such as suspending all flights from Africa and no longer issuing visas for some African nations.

Vietnamese authorities reported a daily record of 14,508 new COVID cases on Wednesday, with the death toll rising to 196.

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