Complacency, non-compliance compound Vietnam’s new Covid woes

A lax mentality that breached prevention protocols has worsened the situation of virus variants and other factors that Vietnam is dealing with in its fourth Covid-19 wave.

After going for more than a month without any Covid-19 community transmission, the streak snapped on April 27 with a hotel employee infected by a group of Indian experts quarantined at the hotel in the northern province of Yen Bai.

Vietnam’s fourth Covid-19 outbreak has shown marked differences compared with the earlier ones in Da Nang City last year or Hai Duong Province earlier this year: multiple hotspots; the existence of different variants; the difficulties in tracking down “patient zeros;” and infections detected after completion of mandatory quarantining.

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Le Phuong, Thuy An, Le Ca