All of passengers from the VN814 flight from Cambodia’s Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City on March 3, crew members, and airport staff, officials who had close contact with the patient have been quarantined, Ministry of Health said.
The Japanese passenger, who sat on seat 33D on the flight, transited Ho Chi Minh City from Siem Reap, before boarding flight VN340 to Nagoya, Japan. Health officials have not revealed the identity of the patient.
The traveller showed fever and tested positive with the virus upon landing at Nagoya airport. The Nhip Cau Dau Tu, a local media reports.
Some 51 passengers entering Vietnam, including a baby and the entire crew, were put under quarantine in Ho Chi Minh City.
Other 22 transiting passengers who are Japanese were also quarantined. The aircraft was also disinfected.
Health officials are also tracing five passengers in VN814 flight who immigrated to Ho Chi Minh City, Tuoi Tre newspaper cited information from Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control.
VnExpress cited the center’s director Nguyen Tri Dung as saying six people immigrated to the city, including a Vietnamese citizen, three French nationals, an Australian, and a Philipino.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport quarantined 2 security officials and 6 staff members in Class C Business room.
A ground service employee was also quarantined.
Vietnam has so far confirmed 16 cases of the viral infection, including 13 Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.
All of Vietnam’s COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital, while no new infections have been reported nationwide since February 13.
The coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide so far, and has caused major disruptions to the global economy.