Vietnam quarantines area with 10,000 residents over coronavirus

BINH XUYEN, VIETNAM (AFP) – More than 10,000 people in villages near Vietnam’s capital were placed under quarantine yesterday after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said. In the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged there in late December, the Son Loi farming region about 40 kilometres from Hanoi will be locked down for 20 days, the health ministry said. Checkpoints have been set up around the six villages that make up Son Loi, said an AFP team on the outskirts of the area in Binh Xuyen district. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin