More than 60,000 people have contracted coronavirus, known as COVID-19, which has resulted in more than 1,300 deaths. Fear throughout nations continues to grow as more and more people are struck down with the disease, and Vietnam is the latest country to enforce strict guidelines as it hopes to contain the virus.
There are less than 20 confirmed cases in Vietnam, at the time of writing, but authorities are looking to halt the virus in its tracks as authorities have ordered a major lockdown.
The government has stated Son Loi, which has a population of 10,000 where 11 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed and is 25 miles (40 kilometres) south of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, is to be quarantined for 20 days.
A statement from the health ministry said: “As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune. The timeline is for 20 days”.
A villager in Son Loi told AFP the quarantine is badly affecting daily life.
Tran Van Minh told AFP: “Life has been badly affected.
“Now we cannot get out and even if we do, clients don’t welcome us that much as before.”
A recent study from Imperial College London warned COVID-19 could be comparable to the influenza outbreaks of the 1900s, which included the Spanish Flu.
The Spanish flu lasted from 1918 to 1920 and infected more than 500 million people across the globe, or 27 percent of the worldwide population when it was just 1.8 billion people.
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It is one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, with the death toll reaching up to 100 million.
Professor Neil Ferguson, co-author of the report, said: “Understanding the likely impact of the unfolding pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus on human health will be critical to informing the decisions made by countries in the coming weeks in how best to respond to this new public health threat.
“Our estimates – while subject to much uncertainty due to the limited data currently available – suggest that the impact of the unfolding epidemic may be comparable to the major influenza pandemics of the twentieth century.
“It is therefore vital that countries across the world continue to work together to accelerate the development and testing of effective treatments and vaccines, on the fastest possible timescale.
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“Surveillance and data sharing also need to be further enhanced to allow the spectrum of disease severity caused by this virus to be better understood.”
The study also found that COVID-19 has a fatality rate of around one percent, although this is expected to change.
Professor Azra Ghani, co-author, said: “Assessing the severity of an emerging disease is always challenging.
“This is because we generally detect those that are most ill first and only later get a sense of how many people may have milder disease or carry the infection but not have any symptoms.
“However, by piecing together data from various sources – including from the most severe cases reported from China, from international travellers to Wuhan who return infected, and from testing undertaken on repatriated citizens – and by correcting for delays in reporting, we estimate a fatality ratio for all infections of approximately one percent.”