Villages with a population of 10,000 are quarantined over coronavirus fears in Vietnam – the first mass isolation outside of China – after six cases are discovered

Thursday, February 13, 2020
By Paul Martin

Vietnamese police are guarding checkpoints in Son Loi, 25 miles from Hanoi
Villagers in the farming region face a 20-day quarantine to contain the virus
Vietnam has already stopped flights to China and suspended many tourist visas

13 February 2020

A series of villages in Vietnam were put under quarantine today after six cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there.

The lockdown of 10,000 people is the first major quarantine outside mainland China since the outbreak began.

Police officers in face masks were today guarding checkpoints in the farming region of Son Loi with villagers facing 20 days in quarantine.

The drastic measures have been imposed after a sixth case of the virus was confirmed in Son Loi today, in addition to five who were already infected.

‘As of February 13, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune,’ said a health ministry statement.

‘The timeline… is for 20 days’.

Son Loi is a farming region made up of several villages, around 25 miles from Hanoi.

On Thursday, checkpoints were set up around the commune including in the district of Binh Xuyen on the outskirts of Son Loi.

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