A man in Ho Chi Minh City has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after coming in touch with an infected person returning from the U.S., the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.
The 31-year-old man resides in Ward 14, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. He traveled on the same car as patient No. 45 to the south-central province of Binh Thuan and together met patient No. 34 and her husband there.
The man was asked to practice self-isolation at home after patient No. 34, a 51-year-old woman who recently returned from a U.S. trip that included transit time in South Korea and Qatar, was diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) this week.
He was transferred to a quarantine camp in District 10 and sampled there on March 13, without showing any symptom of the viral disease.
The Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases received his sample on the same night.
Results of novel coronavirus tests on the man's samples came out positive on Saturday morning.
He is now in stable health.
The new patient brought the number of infections in Vietnam to 48 and in Ho Chi Minh City to five.
The 46th patient is a 30-year-old Vietnam Airlines flight attendant residing in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, while the 47th patient is a 43-year-old woman who works as a housekeeper for patient No.17 and lives on Truc Bach Street, Ba Dinh District in the Vietnamese capital.
Of the country’s 48 COVID-19 patients, 16 have fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26, while the other 32 active cases are being treated.
No fatality due to COVID-19 has been reported in Vietnam so far.
Patient No. 17, a 26-year-old Vietnamese woman living in Hanoi, was diagnosed on Friday last week after the country had reported no infection since February 13.
Patient No. 34, a 51-year-old Vietnamese woman from Binh Thuan, allegedly caused at least 11 other people to be infected with the virus, including her husband, son, and daughter-in-law.