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Vietnam’s Coronavirus Death Toll Is Zero. The Cost? Total Surveillance.

The nation’s response to the pandemic reveals a resourceful — and often troubling — use of technology

Motorbike riders with face masks are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Motorbike riders with face masks are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, 2020, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images

The rooftop of an apartment block in central Hanoi seems like an odd space to host a marathon. But when Vietnam imposed aggressive restrictions on outdoor movement in response…

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Georgina Quach

Georgina Quach

Georgina is a British-Vietnamese culture writer for The Guardian, Telegraph and TLS, exploring diversity and the intersection between technology and race