Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed five new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday morning, with the number of patients in the Southeast Asian country now totaling 212.
Among the five new patients, one can be traced to Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, another had close contact with a previous patient, while the other three had been quarantined since their arrival from abroad, according to a report of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.
Patient No. 208 is a 38-year-old woman who works for Truong Sinh Company, a catering service provider contracted by Bach Mai Hospital.
The total number of cases linked to this major hospital – the largest general infirmary in Vietnam – is now 35.
Patient No. 209, a 55-year-old woman, is a cook at the office of a subsidiary of state-run petroleum group Petrolimex in Hanoi.
She had close contact with patient No. 163, another kitchen employee, at the company between March 18 and 24. Patient No. 163 was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26.
The 209th patient has had close contact with her husband, their two sons, her mother, and a housekeeper.
Patient No. 210, a 26-year-old woman hailing from north-central Ha Tinh Province, returned to Vietnam from Thailand on March 20.
She previously had contact with patient No. 201.
She was brought to an insolation area upon her arrival and is now being treated at Cau Treo General Hospital in Ha Tinh.
Patient No. 211 is a 23-year-old Hanoi resident who studies in the United States.
She boarded a flight from the U.S. to Hanoi with transit time in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bangkok, Thailand, landing at Noi Bai International Airport on March 20.
She was then brought to a quarantine camp in the northern province of Ninh Binh and is now receiving treatment at Ninh Binh General Hospital.
Patient No. 212, a 35-year-old Vietnamese woman, traveled with her husband from Russia to Vietnam on March 27.
Following their arrival, they were quarantined in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
On March 29, the woman developed a fever and fatigue and was admitted to the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
Since testing positive for the novel coronavirus, she has been receiving treatment at the Hanoi infirmary.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 856,900 people and killed more than 42,100 globally as of Wednesday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
Vietnam has announced 212 COVID-19 patients so far, with 58 having recovered.
No fatality related to the disease has been reported in the country to date.