A ten-year-old Vietnamese boy has become the country’s 204th patient of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after traveling from foreign countries to Ho Chi Minh City earlier this month.
The young patient resides in Cat Lai Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday morning.
He previously traveled from Prague, the Czech Republic to Istanbul, Turkey via flight TK1770 of Turkish Airlines on March 14, before boarding flight TK162 from Istanbul to Ho Chi Minh City on the following day.
The boy tested negative for the virus on March 18 but his second test returned positive on March 27.
The patient is being quarantined and treated at one of the city’s makeshift hospitals in the outlying district of Can Gio.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 783,900 people and killed more than 37,700 globally as of Monday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
Vietnam has announced 204 COVID-19 patients so far, with 55 having been discharged from the hospital as of Monday.
No fatality related to the disease has been reported in the country to date.
Ho Chi Minh City has confirmed 47 patients so far, of whom ten have recovered from the disease.
Five other cases have tested positive twice since receiving treatment in the southern metropolis.