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8 foreigners test positive for COVID-19 in Vietnam

Sunday, March 08, 2020, 18:34 GMT+7
8 foreigners test positive for COVID-19 in Vietnam
Arrivals are now required to fill out health declaration forms upon entry into Vietnam via Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s COVID-19 infections have risen to 29 after the Ministry of Health confirmed eight new cases, all foreigners, on Sunday.

The nationalities of the new patients have not been revealed.

Four of them are staying in the northern province of Quang Ninh, two in the northern province of Lao Cai, and two in the central city of Da Nang.

The eight patients boarded the same flight VN0054 from London to Hanoi as ‘patient No. 17’ N.H.N.

The plane landed at Noi Bai International Airport in the Vietnamese capital on March 2.

N., 26, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, after she had been through immigration without a fever.

The woman had traveled to Lombardy (Italy), Paris (France), and London (England) before the flight back to Hanoi.

Her chauffeur and aunt, who had close contact with her, caught the virus after taking N. to the hospital for testing in a car.

The Truc Bach neighborhood in Hanoi has been quarantined as patient No. 17 lives there. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

The Truc Bach neighborhood in Hanoi has been quarantined as patient No. 17 lives there. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has confirmed 29 positive novel coronavirus cases so far, including 10 on the flight VN0054, the two catching the virus from patient No. 17 in the car, and one Vietnamese returning from South Korea.

The other 16 – thirteen Vietnamese, two Chinese nationals, and one Vietnamese American – had fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26.

Patient No. 17 was confirmed after Vietnam had reported no infection since February 13.

Nine localities in Vietnam have recorded COVID-19 cases so far, namely Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vinh Phuc Province, Thanh Hoa Province, Ninh Binh Province, Quang Ninh Province, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Lao Cai Province.

The patients in Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vinh Phuc Province, and Thanh Hoa Province have walked out of the hospital free of the virus.

The London-Hanoi flight carried 201 passengers, of whom 48 are Vietnamese. They have traveled to different provinces and cities in Vietnam upon their arrival in Hanoi.

Vietnamese authorities are tracing the passengers on board the flight. 

The flight crew and those in contact with the patients have been isolated.

COVID-19, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 105,800 people and killed more than 3,600 globally, according to statistics.

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