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Five passengers entering Ho Chi Minh City after flying with COVID-19 patient located

Thursday, March 05, 2020, 12:00 GMT+7
Five passengers entering Ho Chi Minh City after flying with COVID-19 patient located
A Vietnam Airlines plane is seen in this file photo. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese national has been placed in quarantine while four foreigners have boarded flights to Thailand and Australia after entering Ho Chi Minh City on the same plane as a Japanese national who then tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Authorities previously searched for five passengers on Vietnam Airlines flight VN814 from Siem Reap, Cambodia that landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 10:03 pm on Tuesday.

On the same flight was a Japanese passenger who later tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan.

The five passengers, namely one Vietnamese, three French citizens, and one Australian, entered the southern metropolis on the same day without being placed in quarantine.

A search was launched for these passengers after it was learned that the Japanese passenger was infected with COVID-19.

As of Thursday morning, the city’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it has located all five passengers.

The three French nationals already boarded a flight to Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday while the Australian flew to his home country the same day, according to immigration officials.

The remaining passenger, a Vietnamese, has been placed in a quarantine zone in the southern metropolis while her family members are under home quarantine.

There were a total of 67 passengers and six crew members on flight VN814 from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday evening.

Sixty-six passengers, including the Japanese patient, have left Vietnam for the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

The flight crew has been isolated as per regulations.

Over 95,300 people have been infected and 3,285 killed globally by COVID-19, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

Over 1,000 infections have been confirmed in Japan, with 12 deaths, as of Thursday.

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