The city of Da Nang in Vietnam have warned that they are seeing a “more contagious” strain of coronavirus in their country following new cases.
Vietnam which borders China have not “previously” seen this type of “strain of coronavirus,” and are extremely worried over the potential outbreak.
The Vietnamese government have issued a stark warning that the entire country’s population of around 100m people are at risk from a widespread outbreak.
Sky News correspondent Tom Cheshire reporting from Asia said, “This looks like it could be the most serious phase for Vietnam.
“It was very successful in the initial phase of coronavirus especially as it is right next to China.
“It acted very quickly as it shut its borders, set up its test and trace system and had lots of quarantine as well.
“Over the weekend there were only three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Da Nang which is a tourist town in the middle of the country.
“But they still said they would evacuate 80,000 people over four days and the town is now going into semi-lockdown.
“All non-essential services are being told to close and to socially distance.”
Cheshire added, “They are very worried about this becoming a proper outbreak.
“The health minister has said it is a strain of coronavirus they haven’t seen previously in Vietnam.
“It is different from that initial wave and some Vietnam newspapers are reporting it is more contagious than the coronavirus they were dealing with earlier.
“It is clearly a worry and it is a pattern we have seen elsewhere.
“Here in China, we have just had the highest daily number of coronavirus cases,101, since April.
“It is still very small in comparison to other countries, but it is still very worrying.”