EFEHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam on Monday tightened restrictions in 19 provinces after recording 5,887 Covid-19 infections the previous day, a figure that in 24 hours quadrupled the 1,465 cases detected in all of 2020.

The increase in cases has been reflected in mortality, with 254 deaths out of a total of more than 43,000 cases. On May 15 only 35 people had died from Covid-19.

The epicenter of this new wave, the worst that the country has suffered, is Ho Chi Minh City, the most populous in the country with 13 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area.