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Vietnam reports 24 new coronavirus cases, all imported; cases pass 300

Friday, May 15, 2020, 08:26 GMT+7
Vietnam reports 24 new coronavirus cases, all imported; cases pass 300
Health workers operate a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing system at the Center for Disease Control in Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam in this undated file photo. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

HANOI — Vietnam reported 24 new coronavirus infections on Friday, all of which were imported cases involving Vietnamese citizens returning from Russia who were placed under quarantine on arrival, the country’s health ministry said.

They are among 340 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Russia who were brought home on a flight from Moscow that landed at Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Wednesday morning.

The passengers were sent to three different quarantine facilities in the northern provinces of Thai Binh, Quang Ninh and Hai Duong to be monitored for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Twenty-four of them have tested positive for the disease, the Ministry of Health said.

Among the patients, 23 are being treated at Thai Binh Province General Hospital in the namesake province, while the remaining patient has been sent to Hospital No. 2 in Quang Ninh.

The Southeast Asian country has gone 29 days without a domestically transmitted infection and has registered a total of 312 cases, with no deaths, the ministry said.

Over 83 percent of Vietnam’s confirmed cases have recovered.

Eight COVID-19 patients, all Vietnamese nationals, were given the all-clear by the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on Thursday.

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