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Vietnam tightens border control as new coronavirus cases emerge

Prime minister calls for immediate prosecution of undocumented immigrants

Vietnamese border guards wear masks at the Huu Nghi crossing with China on Feb. 20.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked local authorities to impose tighter controls on illegal immigrants from neighboring countries as the Southeast Asian nation, which has won praise for effectively containing the coronavirus, confirmed its first new locally transmitted cases in three months in the city of Danang.

Phuc on Monday called for authorities in the central Vietnamese city to take strong measures to prevent the spread of any more cases.

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