Vietnam’s Health Ministry on Tuesday afternoon said a family member of a worker coming from China’s Wuhan has been infected with the new coronavirus.
The patient lives in the northern Vinh Phuc Province and is a family member of a 23-year-old woman came back from work training in Wuhan last month and was already put under treatment in Hanoi for new coronavirus infection.
There were eight Vietnamese in the Wuhan work training group and five of them have been confirmed to be infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
They returned to Vietnam on a Southern China Airlines flight (CZ8315). They were picked up by the company car at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport and attended a company meeting in Thien Ke Commune, Binh Son District, Vinh Phuc Province, about 18 km from the airport.
Other infection cases in Vietnam are a Vietnamese American visitor who transited in Wuhan, a Chinese man from Wuhan and his son who met him in Vietnam, and a hotel receptionist who served the father and son in Nha Trang.
Vietnam’s government declared the novel coronavirus an epidemic on Saturday. The country has reported 304 suspected cases with symptoms like high fever and coughing, including some people who had visited infected areas in China, as of Monday. Of them, 214 have tested negative for the virus and 90 are in quarantine pending test results.
The death toll from the epidemic has reached 427, with 425 dying in China, one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.