Vietnam Suspends International Flights to Hanoi Due to COVID-19 Spike

Vietnam has temporarily suspended incoming international flights to its capital, Hanoi, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) announced in a statement on May 31 that incoming international flights to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi will be suspended from June 1 to June 7.

The announcement comes after CAAV announced last May 27 that international flights to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City is suspended until June 6.

Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s main business hub, also imposed a 15-day physical distancing measure staring on May 31 after a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The restrictions come after the Southeast Asian country detected a new COVID-19 variant that is a hybrid of the strains first identified in India and the United Kingdom and is said to spread quickly by air.

According to government data, Vietnam has reported 111 new cases on June 1, bringing the total to 7,432.

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