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Vietnam turns Danang stadium into field hospital amid virus outbreak

If infection numbers stabilize, the facility would be used to isolate people who were in direct contact with a positive case, as part of Vietnam’s centralized quarantine program, Sun Group said.

The health ministry reported five new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, taking Vietnam’s total cases to 718, with 10 deaths.

Most recent cases have links to three hospitals in Danang, a coastal city that was until recently inundated with domestic tourists capitalizing on holiday promotions and easing restrictions.

The health ministry has sent a task force of medical experts and more than 1,000 health workers to Danang, while Cuba has also dispatched a medical team to Vietnam to assist.

In the capital Hanoi, 72,000 people who recently returned from Danang would be re-tested, the city’s governing body said on Thursday, this time using a swab-based test, known for its higher rate of accuracy than the blood sample-based rapid test kits, which Vietnam has used for mass screening.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister has said early August was the “decisive” time to contain the outbreak. (Reporting by Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen Writing by James Pearson; Editing by Martin Petty)

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