Vietnam reimposed restrictions in one of its most popular beach destinations after a rise in cases.(AP: Hau Dinh)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelVietnam has locked down its third-largest city, Da Nang, for two weeks after at least 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital.Meanwhile, in the wake of Hurricane Hanna in the US, fear mounts amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Texas leaving residents anxious about their health.The rate of coronavirus spread around the globe remains a large concern for the World Health Organization with case numbers globally doubling in the last six weeks.This story was last updated at 5:30pm TuesdayTuesday's key moments:Global cases double in past six weeksMutation may have made virus more vulnerable to vaccinesNew heart problems seen in recovered COVID-19 patientsUS vaccine enters late-stage trialHong Kong makes masks compulsory, further tightens restrictionsIndonesia passes 100,000 casesCatalonian leader blames youth for virus spreadFlorida overtakes New York in casesHurricane Hanna clean up spurs fear amid COVID-19 surge in TexasVietnam locks down Da Nang as virus cases growVietnam has locked down its third-largest city, Da Nang, for two weeks after at least 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital.The country is back on high alert after authorities confirmed the first community infections since April in and around Da Nang.A further 11 cases linked to a Da Nang hospital were reported late on Monday local time.Two of the Da Nang cases were in critical condition, Vietnam's health ministry said.Public transport into and out of the central city were cancelled and all flights to and from were suspended for 15 days.Authorities estimated several thousand people would be stranded by the transportation shutdown and asked hotels to shelter them.Vietnam is still closed to foreign tourism, but there had been a surge in domestic travellers looking to take advantage of discounted flights and holiday packages to local resorts.With the new infections, Vietnam has reported 431 cases of COVID-19 without a death.Hurricane Hanna clean-up spurs fear amid COVID-19 surge in TexasAs recovery and clean-up efforts got underway in South Texas in the wake of a downgraded Hanna, worried residents confronted the prospect of undertaking the effort amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has left many fearful about their health. Now a tropical depression, Hanna is 105km north of Fresnillo in the Mexican state of Zacatecas as its winds weaken to about 40kph, the National Hurricane Centre said. Damage to a private marina in Texas after it was hit by Hurricane Hanna.(AP: Eric Gay)Its remnants have still threatened to bring rainfall and flash flooding to waterlogged parts of South Texas and Northern Mexico.For 66-year-old Nora Esquivel, who has mostly stayed in her home in Weslaco, Texas, since March because of the pandemic, flooding damage to her home from Hanna meant greater chance of exposure to the virus."No contact with nobody, only my daughter once in a while, and now with this, I have to allow people to come into my house, the insurance and all this and I'm scared," Ms Esquivel said."All my friends are dying. ... I have fear for my family, for everybody, not just me and this is the whole world."In the aftermath of Hanna, which dumped up to 41cm of rain in some parts of South Texas and Northern Mexico, officials reported two people died in the northern Mexican city of Ramos Arispe, near Monterrey, after torrents of water unleashed by Hanna swept their vehicle away.Pandemic 'continues to accelerate' The outbreak of COVID-19 is easily the worst global health emergency the WHO has faced, says its director.(AP: Mahesh Kumar A.)The coronavirus pandemic "continues to accelerate", with a doubling of cases over the last six weeks, the World Health Organization chief says.More than 16 million cases have now been reported to the UN health agency, with more than 640,000 deaths worldwide.This Thursday will mark six months since the WHO declared COVID-19 an international public health emergency.It is easily the worst global health emergency the WHO has faced, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said."COVID-19 has changed our world. It has brought people, communities and nations together,
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