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Virus success story Vietnam braces for new wave of COVID-19

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh on high alert after cases pop up

A family at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on July 28: The country is on high alert as both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have detected locally transmitted COVID-19 cases.   © EPA/Jiji

HANOI -- Vietnam has been hailed as a success story for its ability to stay relatively coronavirus-free as the rest of the world struggles with the insidious disease, but a handful of new cases in the country's two largest cities has officials scrambling to prevent a potential new wave.

The country was on high alert Thursday as the capital, Hanoi in the north, and Ho Chi Minh City, the southern commercial hub, both detected locally transmitted COVID-19 patients the day before.

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