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Ho Chi Minh City quarantines Chinese illegally entering Vietnam to prevent coronavirus

Monday, July 06, 2020, 23:37 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City quarantines Chinese illegally entering Vietnam to prevent coronavirus
A health worker fumigates a residential area after Ho Chi Minh City authorities found an illegal entrant from Cambodia in this file photo.

Health authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have quarantined a Chinese woman to prevent potential COVID-19 transmission after she illegally entered Vietnam from Cambodia.

The Chinese woman was taken to a centralized quarantine center when she visited a location in District 10, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said on Monday.

The Chinese citizen arrived in Cambodia from Tianjin, located in northeastern China, on May 2, according to a HCDC report posted on its verified Facebook page.

On July 5, she went by road from Cambodia to Ha Tien, a city in southern Vietnam’s Kien Giang Province.

She caught a long-haul bus from Ha Tien to Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

Eyewitnesses reported having seen health workers and police officers escort her from a venue at 336 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 4, District 10 into a car and take her away around 3:50 pm on Monday.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities detected 14 illegal entrants from Cambodia from May to June 17, according to the HCDC.

Six of them were found in residential areas while the remaining eight, who were ordinary patients and their companions, were reported when they came to local hospitals for medical examinations.

Vietnam has denied entry to all foreigners, exceptions made upon government approval, since March 22 to prevent the virus from spreading.

The country has confirmed 369 coronavirus infections as of Monday night, with 341 recoveries and zero deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Having gone 81 days without any community spread of the disease, the Southeast Asian nation has reported a total of 229 imported cases who were all isolated upon entry.

Vietnam is quarantining 12,291 people who were in close contact with coronavirus patients or entered the country from virus-hit regions at the time of writing.

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