The father of an already confirmed new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in the northern province of Vinh Phuc has become the 16th infection in Vietnam.
The new patient, N.V.V., from Son Loi Commune of Binh Xuyen District in Vinh Phuc, contracted the virus from her 23-year-old daughter N.T.D., who recently returned to Vietnam after having attended a vocational training program in the central Chinese city of Wuhan located in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the viral outbreak.
The 50-year-old father interacted daily with his daughter since her return to Vietnam on January 17.
As D., her mother, and her younger sister all tested positive for the virus, V. was also quarantined as a high-risk subject.
V. first developed symptoms such as coughing, fever, and shortness of breath on February 11.
Test results announced on Thursday morning showed that the man has been infected with the new coronavirus.
V. is currently in a stable condition and quarantine at a general clinic in Binh Xuyen Distict.
This is the 11th patient that has been confirmed in Vinh Phuc so far, out of Vietnam’s 16 cases.
The province is thus considered the COVID-19 epicenter in the Southeast Asian country.
Three patients in Vinh Phuc have made a recovery and been released from hospital.
As more than half of Vinh Phuc’s COVID-19 patients reside in Son Loi Commune, which has a population of 10,600, the provincial administration decided to seal off the entire commune for 20 days starting from Wednesday.
The novel coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, has killed 1,363 people and infected over 60,100 globally since it first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, according to the South China Morning Post.
Vietnam has so far confirmed 16 cases of the viral infection, including 13 Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.
Among them, seven have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital. They were all treated for free.