HANOI, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the community on Wednesday, including one in the capital city Hanoi, bringing its total confirmed cases to 450, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
Eight of the new cases are in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang, where a number of community COVID-19 cases have been reported since July 25. Among them, four are patients at hospitals in Da Nang and the other four are relatives of patients at hospitals in the city, according to the ministry.
The other four new cases are also reportedly related to Da Nang, among which Hanoi reported one case, a 23-year-old man who has recently traveled to Da Nang. The capital city has placed lockdown on an alley and a pizza shop where the patient lives and works.
Besides Hanoi, the southern Ho Chi Minh City reported two new cases, a 57-year-old U.S. citizen that has received treatment at hospitals in Da Nang and a 46-year-old female who took care of him, while the central highlands Dak Lak province reported one case, a 21-year-old female who has taken an internship at a hospital in Da Nang.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a meeting on Wednesday that the disease had spread in the community with the source unknown for days and there is a risk of transmission in localities surrounding Da Nang.
Wearing face masks is necessary in places of crowded gatherings especially on public transport, he said, adding that big festivals are not allowed in epidemic-hit areas.
He also ordered localities and the Ministry of Education and Training to take measures to ensure the safety of the upcoming national exam.
A total of 369 patients in Vietnam have totally recovered from the disease as of Wednesday. The country has recorded no deaths of COVID-19 so far while there are over 16,200 people being quarantined and monitored, according to the health ministry. Enditem
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