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Flight attendant returning from London among Hanoi's new COVID-19 cases

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 09:37 GMT+7
Flight attendant returning from London among Hanoi's new COVID-19 cases
A medical worker in protective suit disinfects Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi in this undated photo. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Friday night confirmed two new patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Hanoi, including a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who returned from London.

Both the new patients are Vietnamese citizens living in Hanoi.

The 46th patient is 30-year-old N.T.D., a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant residing in Thanh Xuan District.

She served on a flight from London to Hanoi on March 9.

She developed a high fever and started coughing on March 10 and came to the Aviation Medical Center in Long Bien District for examination the next day.

She was then transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District where she was placed under quarantine and tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The 47th patient is a 43-year-old woman who works as a housekeeper for patient No.17, a 26-year-old Hanoi woman who was confirmed infected on Friday last week. They live under the same roof on Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District.

Patient No. 47 was among dozens quarantined and sampled for having had close interaction with patient No. 17. The housekeeper’s samples have returned positive.

She is currently placed in quarantine and treated at the same National Hospital for Tropical Diseases as the 46th patient.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 138,000 people and killed nearly 5,100 globally as of Saturday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has as of Friday evening confirmed 47 infections, including 33 Vietnamese, two Chinese nationals, one Vietnamese American, nine British citizens, one Mexican, and one Irish national.

Sixteen of the patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26, while the 31 active cases are being treated.

Patient No. 17, who returned to Hanoi from London, was confirmed on Friday last week after Vietnam had reported no new infection since February 13.

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