Hanoi Hospital is the latest COVID-19 cluster with 35 cases


With COVID-19 cases increasing on a daily basis, medical facilities, healthcare staff, and authorities across Vietnam are kicking into overdrive to contain the outbreaks.

Hanoi Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Kim Chung Ward has become a new COVID-19 cluster, where 35 community cases have been linked, at the time of writing.

As our frontline staff and authorities continue to try to limit the spread, the virus has unfortunately extended its reach into different cities. Here’s a quick rundown of the updates we have so far on the situation.


Vietnam reports 21 new community cases today


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The Hanoi Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Image adapted from: VTV

On 5th May, Vietnam recorded 18 COVID-19 community cases, 14 of which are linked to the cluster at Hanoi hospital while the remaining were found in Quang Nam, Dong Nai, and Hai Duong.

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Image adapted from: Tuoi Tre

This morning, cities such as Hanoi, Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Quang Ngai, and Hung Yen have reported 21 new cases – all of which are visitors to patients at the hospital, VTV  and Thanh Nien reports. In response, Hanoi medical authorities are rushing to trace all visitors who checked in at the hospital from 14th April to 4th May.


14 cities allow students to stay home after final exams


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Image adapted from: Thanh Hải

Even though the final school semester is a few weeks from now, schools in 14 cities have let their students stay home as the COVID-19 caseloads rise. Among these cities include those who have been hit by community cases, such as Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Da Nang, Ha Nam, and Yen Bai.

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Image adapted from: Trường THPT Marie Curie

According to VNExpress, authorities in Saigon have called on schools to finish hosting their final semester exams by 9th May. Students will then be allowed to stay home as soon as possible.

Even though Saigon has yet to report any new community cases recently, authorities have expressed concern over the resurgence of local outbreaks.


 Stay vigilant as Vietnam’s community cases remain on the rise


For the 1st time in a month, Vietnam has started to record double-digit COVID-19 caseloads again. Our medical authorities are fighting COVID-19 on all fronts, given a jump in the number of infections and the illegal returnees along the border.

Let’s do what we can to protect ourselves and communities, by keeping masks on while in public at all times and avoiding gatherings.

These simple steps will help us stay vigilant and monitor the situation as it continues to unfold.

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Cover image adapted from: VTV

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