Vietnam records 10,233 new COVID-19 cases

The government of Vietnam has been easing restrictions while trying to strike a balance between stopping the virus and reviving the economy. But cases are surging again.

On Thursday, 10,233 new cases were reported, topping 10,000 for the first time since the end of September. Daily cases peaked at around 15,000 in August. But the number has since dropped to about 3,000.

The government implemented strict measures to stem the spike, but this took a toll on the economy. Last month officials allowed bars, restaurants and factories to reopen.

The latest resurgence has residents worried. The government is urging everyone to get vaccinated. It has also ordered bars and karaoke clubs to close.