New case is a man, 28, who just returned to Ho Chi Minh city from Covid-19 hotspot Hai Duong
He was in either direct or indirect contact with 16 people in Ho Chi Minh city before tested positive for Covid-19
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A man 28, coming to Ho Chi Minh City from Covid-19 hotspot Hai Duong has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the director of the HCMC Department of Health, Nguyen Tan Binh confirmed.
He just returned to Ho Chi Minh city from Nam Sach District of Hai Duong and is a cousin of a confirmed patient there.
On Jan. 18, he attended a wedding with the cousin in Hai Duong without wearing masks. He later had a cough, headache and lost his sense of smell.
On Jan. 28, he flew to Ho Chi Minh City on Vietnam Airlines flight VN213 that took off at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport at 3:00pm. Once reaching Ho Chi Minh city and being aware of the latest outbreak, he reported his travel and contact history to the authorities, local news outlet VNExpress reported.
He was quarantined at the District 11 Hospital in the city, before being transferred to the Cu Chi field hospital once his tests returned positive. The case has yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
While in Ho Chi Minh city, he was in either direct or indirect contact with 16 people, including hotel employees, a taxi driver and a restaurant worker in District 11. All have been quarantined and being tested. 12 have tested negative once.
On the VN213 flight, 27 passengers were seated close to him, including 16 from Ho Chi Minh city. Two have yet to be reached by authorities.
Authorities of Ho Chi Minh city have locked down a hotel and a restaurant in District 11 in connection to the man.
By Saturday morning, Vietnam has registered 1,739 cases, including 180 from the current outbreak which emerged from Thursday. Hai Duong has recorded 157 cases of those.
The pandemic has infected more than 102.5 million people worldwide, killing more than 2.2 million, according to VNExpress.
By Thu Anh, Huu Cong, Dinh Van