It was Labour Day on Monday 3rd May and so I decided to stay at home and avoid people, this would turn out to be a very wise move as the Corona situation in Vietnam started to take a turn for the worst. I had a gluten free pancake with fruit salad and honey for breakfast, there was no tannoy sounds blaring out and then I checked the news. It was not pretty;
Parts of Danang will close bars and other non-essential businesses today, as Vietnam tries to prevent the 4th wave:
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210503/vietnam-s-da-nang-khanh-hoa-close-nonessential-businesses-considering-covid19-scare/60690.html
At the same time some businesses in Saigon and cafes in Hanoi were closing from today:
https://vietnaminsider.vn/hanoi-and-saigon-suspend-many-nonessential-services-over-covid-fears/
There was a big hunt for escaped Chinese from quarantine:
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210503/ho-chi-minh-city-chairman-demands-hunt-for-chinese-who-escaped-covid19-quarantine-center/60695.html
Hanoi had reported more illegals found, not far from Hoan Kiem:
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210503/hanoi-police-discover-46-illegal-immigrants-presumably-chinese-in-downtown-apartment-building/60698.html
Very worryingly, a doctor at a hospital tested positive and so the entire hospital in the north was locked down immediately:
https://vietnamnews.vn/society/939296/vinh-phuc-doctor-tests-positive-once-for-covid-19-entire-hospital-locked-down.html
The Prime Minister of Vietnam sent out a message about extra vigilance being needed by all:
https://vietnamnews.vn/society/939184/pm-calls-for-extra-vigilance-against-covid-19.html
Meanwhile a suspected case in a Danang hospital from a worker in Hoi An caused the hospital to be put in lockdown:
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210503/da-nang-locks-down-hospital-over-suspected-covid19-case-source/60703.html
Also Danang reacted to repatriation and expert flights coming in from abroad:
https://vietnamnews.vn/society/939359/da-nang-reports-one-community-transmitted-covid-19-case.html
Wow, this time last week we had just returned from Danang – how lucky! After my healthy breakfast I got my swimmers on, as it was a scorcher of a day, and I noticed my new glasses had arrived from Quang Optic in Danang. I tried them on and was very pleased with them, even though Captain Caveman had said he thought they were too big when I’d sent him a photo of me in the opticians with them on. I spent the rest of the day in and out of the pool and eating fruit salad.
In the evening I decided to have hotdogs without bread but the sausages weren’t very nice and I had to wash them down with a glass of red wine.

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