Vietnam's Communist Party cuts short key congress amid COVID-19 outbreak

FILE PHOTO: The 13th national congress of the ruling communist party of Vietnam in Hanoi

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's ruling Communist Party said it would cut short a key five-yearly congress on Saturday amid a new COVID-19 outbreak in several northern provinces that was detected earlier this week.

The congress will end on Monday, a day earlier than previously scheduled, state media reported. The reports did not say why the congress would end early.

(Reporting by Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen; Writing by James Pearson; Editing by William Mallard)