Vietnam's coronavirus cases jump to 53 - health ministry

A police officer wears a protective mask as he guards near the house of a coronavirus-infected patient at a quarantined area in Hanoi, Vietnam March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam on Saturday confirmed five more cases of the coronavirus, including a British, a Czech and three Vietnamese citizens, bringing the country’s total cases to 53.

Cases have been found in several cities across the country, including the capital Hanoi, the business hub Ho Chi Minh City and some cities in northern and central Vietnam, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Vietnam has 53 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the virus and 94 suspected cases under quarantine. There are 16 cases of patients who have recovered, it added.

Vietnam said it would deny entry and stop issuing tourist visas to citizens from Europe’s Schengen visa-free area and Britain starting from March 15.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; editing by Richard Pullin