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Vietnam fears COVID wave from Cambodia or Laos as holiday nears

Hanoi tightens borders and boosts pandemic preparations in southwest

Festival attendees at Hung Kings temple on April 21. Vietnam has raised its alert to the highest level ahead of a four-day holiday period that starts April 30.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam is bolstering efforts to keep out the coronavirus ahead of national holidays beginning Friday as neighboring Cambodia and Laos suffer from a surge in new cases.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, who took office this month, met with Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on Sunday in Jakarta, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathering to discuss the Myanmar crisis.

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