The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has issued an urgent notification on tracing visitors to a number of places in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City who might have come into contact with patients having caught the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to the notification, visitors to the six following places between March 13 and 21 are asked to quickly contact local Centers for Disease Control to have their health checked:
-- An eatery named ‘173 Thai Ha’ selling ‘bun dau mam tom’ (vermicelli served with fried tofu and shrimp paste) in Alley 13 on Thai Ha Street in Hanoi. A COVID-19 patient visited the shop for lunch between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on March 13.
-- An eatery selling barbecued meat skewers at 31A Ho Dac Di Street in Hanoi. A COVID-19 patient was there for dinner between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on March 15.
-- The Vinmart supermarket located at a Vincom shopping mall at No. 2 Pham Ngoc Thach Street in Hanoi. A COVID-19 patient shopped there between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm on March 15.
-- Buddha Bar & Grill at No. 7 Thao Dien Street in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. A COVID-19 patient attended a party there from 10:00 pm on March 14 until 2:30 am on March 15.
-- An eatery selling eel glass noodles at No. 42 Thai Ha Street in Hanoi. A COVID-19 patient was there between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on March 19.
-- The FV Saigon Clinic located at No. 46 Vo Thi Sau Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. A COVID-19 patient visited the clinic between 9:00 am and 10:00 am on March 21.
|The Vietnamese Ministry of Health's eighth urgent notification to look for people in possible contact with COVID-19 patients|
This is the first time the health ministry has announced a search for visitors to public areas, instead of passengers on board flights as it had done in the seven previous urgent notifications.
The national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control on Wednesday called on people to refrain from going out.
In absolutely necessary situations that require leaving homes, people are asked to wear face masks and keep a safe distance from others.
Vietnam has so far confirmed 148 cases of new coronavirus infections, with 17 having fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital by Friday last week.
No death related to the disease has been recorded in the country.
Three of the 36 COVID-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City have walked out of the hospital free of the virus.
Fifty-one people have tested positive for the virus in Hanoi but they are still treated and waiting to be discharged.