Vietnam quarantines rural community of 10,000 over coronavirus fears: officials

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective mask walks in a village in Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near the capital, Hanoi, for 20 days over fears that the coronavirus could spread there, two local officials told Reuters on Thursday.

The rural commune of Son Loi, in the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc, 44 km (27 miles) from Hanoi, is home to 11 of the 16 coronavirus cases in the Southeast Asian country, including a three-month-old baby.

Additonal reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by James Pearson and John Stonestreet

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