A man in Vietnam Capital city of Hanoi who was on the same flight as the city’s first Coronavirus patient has been confirmed to contract the novel coronavirus.
The Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced Sunday morning that this man, 61, is a local living in the same neighborhood on Truc Bach Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District with 26-year-old Nguyen Hong Nhung, who tested positive for Coronavirus Friday. VNExpress, local media reports.
According to the ministry, he sat in the business class near Nguyen Hong Nhung on flight VN0054 of Vietnam Airlines from London to Hanoi on March 2.
He has been quarantined at Campus No.2 of the Hanoi Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases where Nguyen Hong Nhung is being treated.
There were 201 passengers on the flight, including 21 in the business class, Vietnam Airlines General Director Duong Tri Thanh said Saturday.
Eighteen of the business-class passengers were foreigners while the remaining three were Vietnamese nationals, including Nhung, Thanh said.
City authorities have been cooperating with Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to collect information about 217 passengers and crew members on the flight.
Vietnam has recorded five new infections since Nguyen Hong Nhung became Hanoi’s first coronavirus patient Friday and the 17th nationwide. Before she tested positive, the country had gone 22 days with no new infection.
Other latest patients are a 27-year-old man returning to Vietnam from South Korea’s Daegu City, the personal chauffeur and an aunt of Nguyen Hong Nhung.
The latest case, Vietnam’s 21st Coronavirus patient, has raised Hanoi’s infections to four. The man returning from Daegu hails from northern Thai Binh Province and has been quarantined in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam.
The Coronavirus epidemic has spread to 103 countries and territories around the world so far, with the global death toll climbing to 3,600.
Every traveler arriving in Vietnam from overseas will need to fill out health declaration forms starting from Saturday.
The arrivals can choose to file the declaration in paper or electronic form, via the Preventive Health Department website suckhoetoandan.vn/khaiyte. The declaration form is available in English, Chinese, South Korean, Italian and Cambodian, local media reports.
The Ministry of Health also requires those with symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue to be examined and quarantined.
Vietnam already required those arriving from mainland China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy, the worst-hit countries, to be quarantined for at least 14 days.
Reporting by Chi Le @ VNExpress