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Coronavirus

Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City has highest COVID death rate in region

Restrictions in commercial hub likely to stay beyond Sept. 15, experts say

Health care workers transfer a COVID-19 patient to an ambulance in Ho Chi Minh City: Southern Vietnam's business hub has an unusually high death rate from the coronavirus.   © AFP/Jiji

HANOI/TOKYO -- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, has a death rate from COVID-19 of 4.95%, well above the national average and that of its peers in Southeast Asia.

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