As of April 29, the country’s health authorities had reported just 2,910 cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths overall, one of the best records in Asia, owing to its quick response to a series of outbreaks. As a result, it was the only nation in Southeast Asia to record a positive growth rate over the course of the pandemic year.
However, the Vietnamese government’s plans for a gradual economic opening now appears under threat, with a small but worrying spate of community transmissions.
On April 29, the nation recorded its first locally transmitted case of COVID-19 in 35 days, prompting a tightening of controls and new testing campaigns in several regions of the country, the same day that the World Health Organization warned that Vietnam not to relax its vigilance against the contagion.
In total, Vietnam has now reported 34 cases of community transmission in this current cluster, in the northern provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, and Hung Yen as well as in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Two more cases, one in Hanoi and one in Da Nang, were announced today.