Another Vietnamese man in a group of six illegally entering Vietnam last Thursday tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Health Ministry said Monday.
“Patient 1451,” 23, is being treated at the Cu Chi field hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after test result came back Sunday showed he was positive for the virus.
This man had stayed with a 32-year-old man, who was previously confirmed as “patient 1440”, in Myanmar for three months. They had later come to Thailand, then Cambodia, and finally reached Vietnam together with four others on a seven-seater car.
Being back to HCMC, the 23-year-old man, now “patient 1451”, returned to his apartment on Su Van Hanh Street in District 5 and made contact with many people, from a motorbike taxi driver to staff of a hotel, a karaoke palor, restaurants, cafes and VPBank in Binh Chanh District.
Four apartment blocks or 72 apartments at his residential area have been locked down.
Thirteen F1 (people having close contact with “patient 1451”) and 48 F2 (people having close contact with F1) have been isolated for health monitoring.
“Patient 1440” is being treated in Vinh Long Province.
Authorities have identified four others in the group of six. Two of them tested negative for the virus, and one has been isolated while waiting for test results.
They are still searching for the last one, a man named Kha. Kha left the seven-seater car on Nguyen Xien Street in District 9.
Nguyen Tan Binh, director of HCMC’s Health Department, said Kha is “the most worrying case”.
Vietnam also registered nine imported cases from Russia on Monday.
The health ministry declared 15 people free from Covid-19 Monday evening, raising the number of recoveries to 1,318. The latest additions have raised Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally to 1,451.
The number of Covid-19 deaths remains at 35. No community transmission has been recorded nationally in nearly a month.
As part of existing Covid-19 prevention measures, anyone who wish to enter Vietnamese border must report doing so to border guards, and must be quarantined immediately upon entry.
At an online conference with leaders of city and provinces Monday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged people across the country to report cases of illegally crossing borders to enter Vietnam, citing this is a source of infection that needs vigilance of all.
This article was originally published in Vnexpress