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Vietnam informs UK, Italy, France of COVID-19 patient’s travel history

Vietnam informs UK, Italy, France of COVID-19 patient’s travel history

Sunday, March 08, 2020, 13:18 GMT+7
Vietnam informs UK, Italy, France of COVID-19 patient’s travel history
Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi is sealed off on March 6, 2020. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has notified authorities in the United Kingdom, Italy, and France of the travel history of a Hanoi woman who recently contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following her trip to Europe.

The foreign ministry has asked the Vietnamese Embassies in Paris, Rome and London to update relevant agencies of the host countries on the travel history and temporary residence address in the UK of N.H.N., 26, a resident from Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

The ministry also informed the nations which had citizens on the same flight as N. so that they could take proper measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the community, said Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Vietnam will continue sharing information and coordinating with other countries as well as international organizations in the fight against the epidemic,” Hang stated.

N. became the 17th COVID-19 patient in Vietnam after she tested positive on Friday evening.

She traveled to the UK on February 15 and stayed at a sister's house in London until February 18, when she set off for Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, which has been hit very hard by the COVID-19, for sightseeing and shopping.

The Vietnamese woman then went to Paris, France to visit a sister, who is now reportedly infected with the virus.

N. returned to London on February 26.

The woman arrived in Hanoi on a Vietnam Airlines flight, numbered VN0054, on March 2 and went through immigration normally without a fever.

The woman was taken on a family vehicle to her residence on the 8th floor of a building at 125 Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District.

She went to Hong Ngoc Hospital on March 5 and was transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases on the same day. She tested positive for COVID-19 on the following evening.

On March 7, N.'s aunt, 64-year-old L.T.H., and chauffeur, 27-year-old D.D.P., were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

On the morning of March 8, N.Q.T., 61, also tested positive for COVID-19 after boarding the same VN0054 flight as N. on March 2.

COVID-19, which first surfaced in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 105,800 people and killed 3,605 globally, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

Vietnam has so far confirmed 21 infections, including 18 Vietnamese, two Chinese nationals, and one Vietnamese American.

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

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