March 31, 2020 / 5:19 AM / 2 months ago

Vietnam to implement 15 days of social distancing in coronavirus battle

Residents wearing protective masks wait for coronavirus testing at a makeshift rapid testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam will begin 15 days of social distancing from Wednesday to curb community transmission of the coronavirus, the Southeast Asian country’s prime minister said on Tuesday.

“From midnight April 1, everybody is required to stay at home and can only go out to buy food or in emergency cases and must keep at least two meters from others,” Prime Minster Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a statement.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by James Pearson and Kim Coghill

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