Flights, bus and train services to and from Danang have been suspended after Vietnam confirmed its first community infections of the novel coronavirus since April in the central coastal city.
The discovery of at least 14 Covid-19 cases detected since last Saturday has put the Southeast Asian country back on high alert, with two of the Danang cases in critical condition, according to Vietnam’s health ministry.
Danang, a tourism hot spot, had reintroduced social distancing measures and banned gatherings of 30 plus people over the weekend.
While Vietnam remains closed to foreign tourism, its domestic tourism sector has been enjoying a surge in demand in recent months as locals look to take advantage of the abundance of flight promotions and holiday packages launched when the country emerged from a coronavirus lockdown.
Reuters reported that the government said it had earlier requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to allow domestic airlines to significantly increase the number of flights from Danang to 11 Vietnamese cities in order to help evacuate 80,000 people, mostly tourists.
However, evacuation flights have since been cancelled and most tourists had already left Danang on Sunday, mostly by coach or train to nearby provinces, the report added.