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Ho Chi Minh City tracing attendees at mosque event linked to COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 16:59 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City tracing attendees at mosque event linked to COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia
Passengers queue for check-in procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, March 9, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (CDC) has made an urgent announcement that it is looking for people who attended a religious event in Malaysia after hundreds of participants in the event have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The event was organized at a mosque in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur between February 27 and March 1.

According to Malaysian authorities, about 14,500 Malaysians and 1,500 foreigners attended the religious gathering.

A total of 243 people linked to the event have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Channel News Asia reported.

Of the 1,500 foreign attendants, a 42-year-old Vietnamese man hailing from the south-central province of Ninh Thuan was confirmed on Monday to have caught the virus.

He left Vietnam for Malaysia on February 27 and landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on board flight VJ826, operated by Vietjet Air, on March 4.

The man came back to his hometown in Ninh Thuan and developed a sore throat and fever on March 10.

He was admitted to Ninh Thuan General Hospital on Sunday. His test results came out positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday. 

He is being quarantined and treated at the Ninh Thuan hospital.

The Ho Chi Minh City CDC thus advises all participants in the aforementioned religious event to self-quarantine at home and immediately contact the Ministry of Health via hotline numbers 1900.9059 and 1900.3228 for instructions on taking preventive measures.

Participants living in Ho Chi City are recommended to call the hotlines of the municipal CDC or the districts’ medical centers as follows:

Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control 0869.577.133
Medical Center in District 1 0902.318.877
Medical Center in District 2 0909.887.119
Medical Center in District 3 0986.199.575
Medical Center in District 4 0931.427.504
Medical Center in District 5 0913.917.779
Medical Center in District 6 0378.676.975
Medical Center in District 7 0913.679.909
Medical Center in District 8 0903.186.883
Medical Center in District 9 0842.322.345
Medical Center in District 10 0986.875.637
Medical Center in District 11 0903.031.921
Medical Center in District 12 0906.656.542
Medical Center in Binh Tan District 0982.630.450
Medical Center in Binh Thanh District 0902.418.869
Medical Center in Binh Tan District 0866.623.723
Medical Center in Phu Nhuan District 0902.963.115
Medical Center in Tan Binh District 0912.178.991
Medical Center in Tan Phu District 0909.138.400
Medical Center in Thu Duc District 0908.204.263
Medical Center in Binh Chanh District 0981.689.486
Medical Center in Can Gio District 0913.117.677
Medical Center in Cu Chi District 0984.226.168
Medical Center in Hoc Mon District 0902.881.396
Medical Center in Nha Be District 0903.632.153

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 182,700 people and killed more than 7,100 globally, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has so far confirmed 61 cases of coronavirus infections, with 16 having fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 26.

Forty-five cases have been reported in the Southeast Asian country since March 6 after Vietnam had gone three weeks without any new infection.

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