HANOI, KOMPAS.com – Vietnam’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise, but its capital Hanoi stated that there is a test kit shortage if the country seeks to continue mass screening.
On Tuesday, Vietnam reported 28 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths bringing the national total to 670 confirmed cases and eight casualties.
The Vietnamese government has pushed for mass screenings to contain new coronavirus outbreaks.
Targeted testing and strict quarantining had helped Vietnam contain earlier outbreaks, but it is now battling new infections after going more than three months without domestic transmission.
The new outbreak has infected more than 220 people since July 25, the majority in Danang, but it has spread to at least eight other cities and provinces, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where entertainment venues are closed and gatherings restricted to prevent infections.
Da Nang and Buon Ma Thuot in the coffee-growing Central Highlands are on lockdown. A government spokesman on Monday said there was no plan for a nationwide lockdown.
Most of Tuesday's new cases are linked to Da Nang, the health ministry said, adding there were over 133,000 people in quarantine, about 80 percent of those in their homes.
More than 88,000 people have returned to Hanoi from Da Nang since July 8, but only 70,689 were tested, authorities said, with two positive cases.