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Saigon isolates 11, including 9 foreigners, on flight carrying COVID-19 patient

Saigon isolates 11, including 9 foreigners, on flight carrying COVID-19 patient

Saturday, March 07, 2020, 17:39 GMT+7
Saigon isolates 11, including 9 foreigners, on flight carrying COVID-19 patient
A worker disinfects a Vietnam Airlines plane after a Taiwan - Ho Chi Minh City flight, March 7, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Eleven people, including nine foreigners, have been quarantined and sampled in Ho Chi Minh City for traveling on the same flight from London to Hanoi with a Vietnamese woman who has now tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

N.H.N., who was confirmed the 17th COVID-19 patient in Vietnam on Friday evening, was on Vietnam Airlines flight VN0054 from London that landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi at 4:30 am on March 2.

On the same flight were 48 Vietnamese passengers, including four who are registered permanent residents in Ho Chi Minh City.

The city’s administration has been able to locate two of them and place them in a collective quarantine zone. The verification process was ongoing for the other two cases as of Saturday afternoon.

Nine foreigners on flight VN0054 who have been staying at hotels in Ho Chi Minh City have also been quarantined and sampled.

Their accommodations while in the city have been disinfected.

COVID-19, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 101,900 people and killed 3,488 globally as of Saturday morning, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

Vietnam has so far confirmed 18 infections, including 15 Vietnamese, two Chinese nationals and one Vietnamese American.

Sixteen of the patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

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