Severity: Warning Alert      

Transportation: Officials in Da Nang, Vietnam, tighten COVID-19 controls as of July 27. Inbound international flights banned, nonessential businesses shut.

  • Alert Begins: 27 Jul 2020 06:36 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 10 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Da Nang (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Flights, business disruptions

Summary
Officials in Da Nang city, Vietnam, have tightened restrictions as of July 27 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after they confirmed two new community transmission cases July 25. The patients were Vietnam's first reported community transmission cases since April 2020.

Authorities have banned festivals, religious events, and sports competitions, and shut nonessential businesses, such as karaoke bars and massage parlors, until further notice. Public gatherings are limited to 30 people. Officials are allowing some businesses, such as food establishments, markets, hotels, and tourist sites, to continue operations; however, workers and customers have to observe health protocols, such as social distancing. People must wear face masks when in public. Authorities have also suspended international flights to Da Nang until further notice; domestic tourists cannot visit the city through at least Aug. 8. Officials may reintroduce or implement restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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