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Vietnam’s No Virus Death Record Ends With Hospital Outbreak

  • Covid deaths jump from zero to 10 in just a week’s time
  • Vietnam was once lauded globally for containing the virus
Residents wearing face masks wait to get tested at a temporary testing centre in Hanoi on Aug. 8.

Residents wearing face masks wait to get tested at a temporary testing centre in Hanoi on Aug. 8.

Photographer: Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images
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For almost six months, Vietnamese officials every day announced a fairly astonishing statistic for a nation of 96 million: no Covid-19 deaths. But that changed on July 31, with 10 deaths being reported since.