Hanoi locks down major hospital as COVID-19 cases surge

 Hanoi authorities have locked down a major hospital on the front line of treating Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients after staff and patients tested the virus, the said on Wednesday.

The National Hospital Tropical Diseases, which has been responsible dealing with every COVID-19 case in northern Vietnam since the beginning of the pandemic, is closing its doors to newcomers as of Wednesday and will stay locked until at least May 19.

In a released on Wednesday, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health said the hospital had so far tested 827 people at the facility.

Every member of staff at the facility will be tested COVID-19.

From around 300 results returned so far, at least 14 individuals tested for COVID-19, including medical staff, eight patients and four family members.

Authorities have also shut down , bars and karaoke parlours in Hanoi and several other provinces as of as Vietnam battles its first wave of COVID-19 cases via community transmission in over a month.

Vietnam has confirmed community transmissions of COVID-19 in the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, along with the northern provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai and Hung Yen.

The cases are linked to a 27-year-old man who returned to Vietnam from Japan on April 7, and a Chinese expert entering the nation for work, both of whom tested after finishing  a - quarantine.

Vietnam has officially recorded 2,996 Coronavirus cases and 35 deaths.(dpa/NAN)