July 28, 2020, 04.16 PM

HANOI, KOMPAS.com - Vietnam has placed its third-largest city of Da Nang under lockdown after detecting Covid-19 cases in a hospital.

The city of Da Nang has been placed under two weeks of lockdown following 15 Covid-19 cases discovered at a hospital, according to the government.

Thousands of Vietnam’s domestic tourists in the popular beach destination were forced to cancel their summer holidays early.

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Public transport into and out of Da Nang has also been canceled.

The imposition of lockdown in the city throws a major curveball to Da Nang’s tourism industry.

It has only been revived in end of April following a lower trend in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Hotel guests prematurely ended their stays and canceled upcoming trips upon the news of the first case, one hotelier said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

“Our hotel is now empty,” the hotelier said. “But we had to help our guests to leave the city when they still had the opportunity yesterday.”

Da Nang beaches, which host some 50,000 people daily, are now closed. Only security personnel were seen on the beach Tuesday as they patrolled to ensure no one was gathering.

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