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Russian expert among 13 new COVID-19 cases in Vietnam

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 13:07 GMT+7
Russian expert among 13 new COVID-19 cases in Vietnam
Health workers take samples for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam documented 13 imported cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, including a Russian expert and 12 Vietnamese citizens all arriving from Russia.

The Ministry of Health on Monday evening confirmed the country’s 384th COVID-19 patient – a 27-year-old Russian oil and gas expert who had entered Vietnam on July 11.

He was previously brought to a quarantine facility in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province following his arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

He first tested negative for the novel coronavirus on July 13, but started exhibiting such symptoms as fever, a sore throat, and back pain on July 18.

A second test conducted by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City came back positive.

He is now being treated at Ba Ria Hospital in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Patients No. 385 to 396, who all returned to the country from Russia on July 17, were recorded by the health ministry on Tuesday morning.

Among them, four were quarantined in the northern province of Nam Dinh following their arrival at Van Don International Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province.

They tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 20 and have been transferred to Nam Dinh General Hospital for treatment.

The other eight patients were previously sent to an isolation facility in northern Ninh Binh Province, where they tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 19.

They are now receiving treatment at a polyclinic in Cau Yen Area, located in Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally is now at 396, with 360 having recovered.

The country has not documented a community infection since April 16 while no deaths from the disease have been recorded.

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