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Ho Chi Minh City busts latest illegal entry case involving 8 Chinese

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 16:22 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City busts latest illegal entry case involving 8 Chinese
A health worker is pictured at a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 treatment in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have quarantined eight Chinese and one Vietnamese after discovering they had entered Vietnam illegally.

The nine suspects were detected in District 12 and have been sent to a quarantine facility in the outskirt district of Cu Chi, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed on Monday morning.

This was the latest in a series of cases of illegal entry that authorities in the southern metropolis have discovered over the past couple of months.

The city’s CDC reported it has detected 29 such cases since May.

In another recent case, the Ministry of Public Security discovered an automobile carrying five Chinese along the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway in northern Vietnam.

The Chinese nationals had previously crossed the border illicitly to the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai and were on their way to Hanoi to board a flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

As of 7:00 am on Monday, the total number of people staying at quarantine centers in Ho Chi Minh City was 404.

About 237 others are under home quarantine in the metropolis.

A total of 437 people are classified as having a high risk of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection, of whom 436 have tested negative once.

Among them, two people at the Lac Long Quan apartment building in District 11, who had close contact with COVID-19 patient No. 420, have also tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

Patient No. 420 is a 71-year-old woman who was recorded in the central city of Da Nang on Sunday.

Prior to her diagnosis, she had visited her daughter at the Lac Long Quan apartment building in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City from June 21 to July 8.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally was at 431, with 365 having recovered on Tuesday afternoon, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

The country has logged 15 locally transmitted infections since Saturday, ending the previous 99-day streak with no community transmissions.

Among them, 14 patients are being treated in Da Nang while one is in medical care in Quang Ngai Province, about 160 kilometers south of Da Nang.

Vietnam has closed its borders to foreigners since March, with exceptions granted to foreign experts and skilled workers.

Any entrant has to be quarantined for 14 days to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

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