Vietnam reports 2 new COVID-19 cases linked to rare local infection


FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing protective suit walks past as local residents, who have returned after travelling to Da Nang, wait at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam on Tuesday reported two more coronavirus cases linked to a new domestic infection in Ho Chi Minh City, the country's business hub, its government said.

The Southeast Asian nation is back on high alert after authorities on Monday confirmed the country's first community infection in 89 days and shut down several places in the densely-populated city.

Vietnam has registered a total of 1,349 coronavirus cases altogether, with 35 deaths.

(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Martin Petty)

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