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Vietnam fatality rate rises as delta COVID ravages Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi forced to close National Assembly earlier to deal with pandemic

Of Vietnam's 7,913 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Tuesday,  6,318 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City.   © AP

HANOI -- Although vaccination drives in Southeast Asia are making progress, the region is suffering from a rising fatality rate as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread. In Vietnam, a vaccination laggard in the region, the upcoming few weeks will be crucial for controlling the situation, the World Health Organization's main representative in the country has warned.

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