Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday said that every province and city in the country was at high risk of coronavirus infections, state media reported.

Despite sharing a border with China, where the pandemic emerged, Vietnam had so far recorded 446 infections and no deaths, mostly thanks to an aggressive contact-tracing system.

“We have to act more swiftly and more fiercely in order to control the outbreak”, local media quoted Phuc as saying. He added that the current wave of infections was different to the second wave Vietnam fought in March and that every province and city was at risk.

New Covid-19 cases in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands were linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Danang. Phuc reportedly announced that Danang will be placed on “strict lockdown”.

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