Top News Vietnam’s Danang bans tourists after two Covid cases in months By TTG Asia / Posted on 27 July, 2020 13:23 Vietnam went back into Covid-19 alert on Saturday (July 25) after the country reported two locally-transmitted cases in more than three months, prompting authorities in the central city of Danang to restrict activities to curb the virus spread. One of the patients, a 57-year-old man from Danang, had tested positive for the virus on Friday. He was mostly in contact with family members and neighbours, and had not left Danang for nearly a month, the government said in a statement on Saturday. Danang bans tourists and restricts social gatherings after two local cases in over three months On Sunday, officials said a 61-year-old man had also tested positive. The man had also been in Danang for about a month and hadn’t travelled to other provinces, according to the health ministry. The source of transmission for both cases is not known. Authorities in Danang have urged residents to wear face masks outdoors and maintain social distancing, as well as limited public gatherings to under 30 people, excluding in workplaces, schools and hospitals. Operations of amusement parks, beauty spas, bars, and karaoke and massage parlours have been temporarily suspended, while festivals and religious ceremonies are banned. Tourists will also not be allowed to set foot in Danang for 14 days starting Sunday, said the city’s authorities. Vietnam has been a success story in containing the virus, having had a relatively low record of 420 cases as of July 27, with no deaths, thanks to strict quarantine measures and extensive contact tracing.