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Vietnam tries new local lockdowns to stop COVID but not economy

PM Phuc balances case counts with business activity in new coronavirus wave

Health care workers talk to a Hanoi resident near the house of a coronavirus patient as they investigate infection links on July 30.    © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's approach to fighting a resurgence of COVID-19 contrasts with the nationwide shutdown imposed in April during the initial outbreak, as the country now asks local authorities to enact targeted lockdowns for containing the coronavirus in a bid to keep the economy rolling.

The capital, Hanoi, has so far reported 4 coronavirus cases while the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City detected 8 infections all linked to Danang, a coastal city in central Vietnam. The tourism hub was the epicenter of the current wave dating from late July, when the government detected an instance of local transmission, ending a national streak of 99 days without a new case.

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