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Vietnam's coronavirus infections pass 1,000 mark

Pilgrims wear protective masks as they go to a temple on the first day of the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Kham

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s tally of coronavirus infections since January passed the 1,000 mark on Thursday, after 14 new cases were reported.

More than half of the total confirmed cases are linked to a new outbreak that began late last month in the central coastal city of Danang, the health ministry said.

Vietnam’s tally now stands at 1,007 infections and 25 deaths, among the lowest in the region, having successfully contained earlier outbreaks. The ministry said 86,644 people are currently undergoing quarantine, most in their homes.

Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty