Vietnam to ban visitors to hospitals for COVID-19 prevention

HANOI (XINHUA) – Vietnam will ban visitors to all health establishments as part of the efforts to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic, after confirming more than 20 infections in a hospital, Vietnam News Agency reported yesterday.

The decision was announced by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a directive, which ordered nationwide social distancing starting today.

Earlier, three major Vietnamese cities of Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City announced a ban for hospital visitors.

The southern Ho Chi Minh City suspended private clinics and cosmetic surgery, physiotherapy activities at clinics and hospitals, the news agency reported.

The restrictions came after more than 20 infections related to the Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital were confirmed.

The country has reported 204 cases of COVID-19 infections, with 55 having recovered as of yesterday afternoon.