Another patient has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Hue City, raising the total number of infections in Vietnam to 49.
The patient, a 71-year-old British man who flew from London to Hanoi on March 2’s flight VN0054, is the husband of the 30th patient, who has been quarantined for treatment at Hue Central Hospital since Sunday. State media Vietnam News reports.
As of Saturday, 14 passengers on the flight, including two Vietnamese, were reported to be infected with coronavirus. More than 200 passengers and cabin crew members of VN0054 have been isolated.
Vietnam’s foreign ministry announced on Saturday the country would halt entries for tourists from countries in the Schengen area or the UK from March 15, amid the coronavirus outbreak and soaring death tolls in Europe, sparking concern they might be the next epicentre. According to the Vietnam News.
Hue is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Dai Noi Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.