Hanoi to shut bars and ban big gatherings after COVID-19 outbreak in Danang

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has ordered bars and pubs to shut and banned large gatherings from midnight on Wednesday because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Danang, the head of the city’s administration said.

Hanoi on Wednesday has registered its first case of COVID-19 linked to the Danang outbreak.

“We have to act now and act fast. All large gatherings will be banned until further notice,” Nguyen Duc Chung, Hanoi’s chairman, said in a statement on the city’s website.

“Over 21,000 people returned to Hanoi from Danang will be closely monitored and will undergo rapid testing,” he said.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Kevin Liffey