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Vietnam PM gains vast powers to contain Ho Chi Minh City outbreak

COVID spread in south prompt legislature to approve Hanoi centralized decision-making

A man living in an area under a COVID-19 lockdown receives food through a barricade in Ho Chi Minh City.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's National Assembly on Wednesday approved a resolution to give Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the government centralized power for swift decision-making, in a bid to bring the country's coronavirus outbreak under control.

The resolution was approved by the majority of the lawmakers as the legislative session ended three days earlier than originally scheduled.

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