After Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 infection in the community, the first of its kind in nearly two months, Vietnam has conducted a mass testing and recorded 82 other cases in Chi Linh city of Hai Duong province and Van Don district of Quang Ninh province, Vietnam Plus, a state-run media reported.
All of the community-based cases are linked a 34-year-old female worker in northern Vietnam’s Hai Duong province, who is a related contact of a Vietnamese woman found positive for a new variant of COVID-19 upon her arrival in Osaka, Japan a few days ago.
A village in northern Vietnam has been locked down after a she tested positive for the mutated British coronavirus strain.
The other is a 31-year-old man from northern Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, who is a staff member at Van Don International Airport in the province. He displayed symptoms of fever, cough and a sore throat, and went to the hospital for medical check-up himself. His test result turned out positive late Wednesday, according to the ministry.
Both patients are being treated in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
Relevant authorities have immediately activated COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including implementing antiseptic work and placing related contacts under quarantine. Quang Ninh province has asked all students to stay at home until Sunday and requested minimizing crowd-gathering activities.
Meanwhile, testing experts of several major national hospitals have been sent to Hai Duong province to help with testing, according to the ministry. The province should focus all resources on epidemic control to put down the outbreak as soon as possible, with measures including locating and isolating all the areas the new case had been to within 10 days, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at an urgent meeting held late Wednesday, according to Vietnam Plus.