Vietnam starts the evacuation of 80,000 local tourists from Da Nang on Monday, July 27. The operation began after three positive cases were reported in the city a day before the evacuation date, July 26. Based on the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, an estimated number of 100 domestic flights from Da Nang to 11 Vietnamese cities are being handled daily. The cities of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh require their residents returning from Da Nang to be quarantined, while the others are mandated to fill in health declaration forms. The government claims that the process would take four days to complete, and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc orders an extensive coronavirus testing in Da Nang.

The country has been taking drastic initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within its territory. On February 12 this year, Vietnam locked down the northern part of Hanoi, which comprises 10,000 residents, for 20 days after seven positive coronavirus cases were reported. Since March, international flights to-and-from Vietnam have been strictly prohibited as a preventive measure against the coronavirus. To date, Vietnam has 866 positive COVID-19 cases with 16 recorded deaths.