Coronavirus update: Case numbers near record levels in Japan, restrictions back in Vietnam after outbreak

The Tokyo Government says about half of the city’s new coronavirus cases have been detected in people in their 20s, amid concerns the number of new infections is becoming increasingly harder to control.

In Vietnam, two more people have died as infections continue to spread from an outbreak at hospital last week.

This story will be updated throughout Monday.

Younger patients make up half of new cases in Tokyo

Confirmed coronavirus cases are hovering at near-record levels in Japan, raising worries the pandemic may be growing more difficult to control.

The Tokyo Government reported 292 new cases Sunday, about half in their 20s.

Japan in total reported 1,540 cases on Saturday — the second straight day the number was above 1,500.

Nationwide cases for Sunday will be tallied at midnight.

Numbers are usually fewer over the weekend because of fewer tests.

Japan has avoided a total lockdown, encouraging business activity while urging people to wear masks, social distance and work from home.

Da Nang outbreak continues to spread across Vietnam

A woman wearing a face mask under a broad hat pushes a bike loaded with fruit along a road.
A new outbreak in Da Nang has grown to over 40 cases in six cities and authorities are beginning to reimpose broader restrictions.(AP: Hau Dinh)

Vietnam reported two more deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, raising the country’s death toll to five, all in the last few days.

The two people who died — an 84-year-old woman and an 85-year-old woman — were patients at a hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam’s most popular beach destination.

An outbreak began at a Da Nang hospital a week ago and has spread to other parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, forcing authorities to reimpose virus restrictions.

The health ministry also confirmed 32 new cases on Sunday, including 16 in Da Nang and nine in neighbouring Quang Nam province.

Local transmissions were also recorded in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ngai, as well as Dong Nai and Ha Nam provinces for the first time.

All of the new cases were traced back to Da Nang.