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Vietnam on high alert as COVID outbreak hits Hanoi amid congress

Clutch of 93 cases detected, 80 of which linked to person infected with UK variant

A Vietnamese soldier stands guard near an image of communist leader Ho Chi Minh at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, the venue for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Jan. 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kham   © Reuters

HANOI -- Hanoi authorities detected communal transmission of COVID-19 on Friday, putting the Vietnamese capital on high alert as the city is hosting the twice-a-decade National Congress, attended by nearly 1,600 Communist Party delegates.

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