Vietnam says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. But officials have warned against complacency, saying it does not mean a total end to new coronavirus cases.
The Health Ministry confirmed no new Covid-19 case Saturday moring, marking Vietnam going 23 days free of community transmissions.
The nation’s Covid-19 tally has been kept at 288 since Thursday evening. VNExpress‘ Le Nga reported.
The day before yesterday, the country reported 17 new imported coronavirus cases in biggest single-day rise. All 17 new patients are Vietnamese returnees and being quarantined on arrival. Of the new cases, six are male and 11 female. One of the patients is a newborn boy and the rest are between 20 and 58 years of age.
According to VNExpress, the new patients are among 297 Vietnamese repatriated from the UAE on Vietnam Airlines flight VN0088 on Sunday. The flight landed at Can Tho Airport in the Mekong Delta and all passengers were quarantined at a university dorm in the nearby Bac Lieu Province. The 17 infected are now treated at the Bac Lieu General Hospital. Crew members on the flight have also been quarantined.
Vietnam News Agency reported that among the total, 148 are imported cases, and they were put in quarantine upon their arrival in the country.
Of these, 241 have recovered, including eight announced Friday, and there are 47 active patients left.
Vietnam has been operating flights to bring back Vietnamese citizens who want to return home to avoid confronting the pandemic abroad.
The number of people under quarantine in the country has dropped to 14,000 – 175 in hospitals, more than 6,000 in isolation camps and the rest at home.
The Covid-19 pandemic has spread to 212 countries and territories, and reported deaths have reached almost 276,000.