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Foreigners among Vietnam’s ten new COVID-19 patients

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 22:19 GMT+7
Foreigners among Vietnam’s ten new COVID-19 patients
Passengers declare their health status at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 18, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam announced ten more cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, including four foreigners.

Five new cases were confirmed in Hanoi, one in Da Nang, one in Phu Tho Province, one in Hai Duong Province, one in Ninh Thuan Province, and one in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Ministry of Health.

A globetrotting American man, 41, tested positive for the virus in Da Nang after having traveled through India, Morocco, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, and the Netherlands from February 11.

He arrived in Vietnam via Singapore on March 14.

A 30-year-old German man was also diagnosed with COVID-19 in Hanoi. He touched down at Noi Bai International Airport in the Vietnamese capital on March 13.

The third foreign patient is a 25-year-old French national.

She traveled by plane with her boyfriend, who was later confirmed an infected person, from France to Hanoi on March 9.

The fourth foreigner catching the virus is a 52-year-old French citizen who entered Ho Chi Minh City on March 10.

He traveled to Can Tho, Hoi An, and Hue from March 10 to 16. He was then diagnosed with the disease in Ninh Binh Province and is now treated in Hanoi. 

The other six are Vietnamese, including one man returning from Malaysia.

Among the newly confirmed patients is an 11-year-old boy, who came back to Vietnam from abroad on a Vietnam Airlines flight on March 9.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has soared to 76, with 16 having fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by February 16. No death has been reported so far.

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

Among the cases being treated, 22 are foreigners, including 13 Britons, one Irishman, two Germans, one from the Czech Republic, one Latvian, one U.S. citizen, and three French nationals.

Vietnam treats local patients for free while charging foreigners a fee for their treatment, though their testing and quarantine expenses are spared.

Hanoi has 20 active COVID-19 patients while nine patients are being treated in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam has closed schools nationwide and shuttered cinemas, bars, pubs, clubs, massage parlors, karaoke lounges, and online game centers in major cities to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Vietnam has also decided to cease issuing visas for all foreigners for 30 days from Wednesday.

The country now applies mandatory quarantine to people arriving from the U.S., European countries, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 200,000 people and killed more than 8,000 globally, according to statistics.

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