Today, the Health Ministry confirmed 12 more cases, all linked to the hospital.
The municipal Department of Health has enlisted around 600 medical students and 100 technicians to help with collecting Covid-19 samples in the city as it bids to stop community transmission of the novel coronavirus, said Ngo Thi Kim Yen, director of the Da Nang health department at a meeting Saturday.
The capital, Hanoi, has started mass coronavirus testing, shut bars and nightclubs, banned large gatherings, and urged tens of thousands of domestic travellers to report to authorities as the country scrambled to contain the fresh spread of the virus.More news: Thousands march in Germany against Covid curbs
Vietnam has won praise for its handling of the virus - reporting just 509 infections in total, including those from the new wave, and until Friday no deaths despite sharing a long border with China.
Patient 428, a 70-year-old man who appears to have contracted the disease in Danang, died on Friday, the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said. All have other underlying illnesses, he said. The new locally transmitted infections bring the total amount of COVID-19 cases nationwide to 558. Hanoi is expected to test about 21,000 people who declared that they had recently returned from Da Nang.
In Hanoi, where two people have tested positive after returning from Da Nang, over 100 clinics have been set up with test kits to detect the virus. I did not go to work or see others.More news: Victoria imposes new coronavirus restrictions as coronavirus infections rise by 671
But that changed over the weekend, when a man tested positive for COVID-19 in the southern city of Danang, a beach resort usually packed with tourists.
Vietnam reported a record 45 new cases on Friday, all connected to the hospital.
As the number of case continues to increase, Da Nang has tightened security and set up more checkpoints to prevent people from leaving or entering the city, which has been in lockdown since Tuesday.More news: Pandemic effects could be felt for 'decades to come': World Health Organization chief
Yesterday the city began setting up a makeshift hospital in a sports auditorium and doctors have been mobilised from other cities to help.