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Vietnam reports coronavirus case returning from Russia

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 10:57 GMT+7
Vietnam reports coronavirus case returning from Russia
Health workers announce quarantine information at an airport in Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced a new COVID-19 patient who had returned from Russia and been quarantined upon arrival.

The patient is 53 years old and has a registered address in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, the health ministry said.

On July 9, the male patient landed at Can Tho International Airport in the eponymous city, located in the Mekong Delta, aboard flight VN5062 from Russia.

He was sent to a centralized quarantine center in Ca Mau, Vietnam’s southernmost province, upon landing.

His sample was taken for a COVID-19 test on Sunday and the result then returned positive.

He is being isolated for treatment at Ca Mau General Hospital.

Vietnam has logged 373 COVID-19 cases, with 352 having recovered from the disease and zero deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

Out of the 21 patients in treatment, 15 are still coronavirus-positive while six have tested negative at least once.

At the time of writing, authorities in the Southeast Asian country are quarantining 13,300 people coming from outbreak-hit regions, including 72 at hospitals, over 400 at home, and the rest at collective facilities.

Vietnam has not documented a single case of local transmission over the last 89 days but the virus has been detected among those entering the country from abroad.

Vietnam has denied entry to all foreigners since March 22 and suspended international flights from March 25 to stall COVID-19 spread.

But the government has approved the entry of foreign experts and skilled workers, all subject to quarantine upon arrival, and arranged for flights to bring overseas Vietnamese back home. 

The Ministry of Transport said on Monday that the country had decided to resume commercial flights to and from China – where the virus first surfaced in December last year – but it stopped short of mentioning a date.

Vietnam and China would work on when flights would be restored, the ministry said in a statement.

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