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Vietnam deploys troops in Ho Chi Minh City to suppress COVID

Tougher measures brought in ahead of US vice president's trip to Hanoi

A woman and her son stop to pray in front of a closed church during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Ho Chi Minh City.   © Reuters

HANOI - Vietnam authorities are deploying forces including the army to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks in the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in the south, ahead of the arrival of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, as deaths from the virus spiral.

Residents in those areas are required to "stay where they are" from Aug. 23, said Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the city's steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control, at a press conference on Friday.

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