Coronavirus: in Vietnam’s Da Nang, locals send cash, food as lockdown hits city’s poorest

Coronavirus: in Vietnam’s Da Nang, locals send cash, food as lockdown hits city’s poorest

  • Months after Vietnam saw no local cases, a new outbreak in Da Nang has sent people back indoors, with many unable to afford food and rent
  • Local groups and others have been sending care packages to struggling families and overwhelmed hospitals

When Vietnam went over three months without recording new local cases, people were hopeful that the country was returning to pre-pandemic normalcy.

Many had lost their jobs and businesses took a hit as the government announced coronavirus strict social distancing measures, shut its borders, and launched a centralised quarantine system to curb community transmission.

Parts of the country began to reopen from May as the measures took effect, but a new wave of infections that hit the central city of Da Nang in July has sent people back indoors, with health workers overloaded and many locals again under financial strain.