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Vietnam health ministry looking for people linked to COVID-19 patient No. 243

Wednesday, April 08, 2020, 20:03 GMT+7
Vietnam health ministry looking for people linked to COVID-19 patient No. 243
People wearing face masks and face shields sit two meters apart from each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi in this undated photo. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has issued an urgent notification on tracing visitors to a number of places in Hanoi and the northern province of Vinh Phuc who might have come into contact with a patient of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The patient, identified as Vietnam’s 243rd case, is a 47-year-old man from Me Linh District in Hanoi.

He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 6.

The man had been to many places in Hanoi and Vinh Phuc and come into interaction with many people before his hospitalization.

According to the health ministry, patient No. 243 had visited Quang Ba Market on Au Co Street in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District many times between March 8 and 27.

Specifically, he was at the market in the small hours of March 8, 14, 22, 23, 25, 26, and 27.

He visited the Clinic of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Bach Mai Hospital in Dong Da District on the morning of March 12.

Between 10:30 am and 11:00 am on the same day, he had lunch at an eatery at 75/31 Giai Phong Street in the same district.

He was also at Me Linh Flower Market on National Highway 23 in Me Linh District on March 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 27, and 30, mostly in the late morning and afternoon.

The patient went to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Phuc Yen General Hospital on Xuan Thuy Street in Phuc Yen Town, Vinh Phuc at 8:00 am on April 4.

The man also visited Hanoi Obstetrics Hospital at 929 La Thanh Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District at 11:00 am on April 4.

The health ministry requested that visitors to the places during the mentioned time frames immediately contact local centers for disease control for guidance on health monitoring and to have their health checked.

At least three people related to this patient have tested positive for the novel coronavirus for the first time.

With 10,873 residents, Ha Loi Village, where the patient lives, has been fenced off for 14 days since Tuesday evening.

Vietnam has so far reported 251 cases of coronavirus infections, with 126 having recovered.

No death related to the disease has been recorded in the country.

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