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23 Vietnamese employees quarantined after Japanese company director tests positive for coronavirus

Sunday, August 02, 2020, 14:04 GMT+7
23 Vietnamese employees quarantined after Japanese company director tests positive for coronavirus
A COVID-19 checkpoint is established at the entrance of Da Chais Village in Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.T. / Tuoi Tre

Twenty-three employees of a company in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been quarantined after their Japanese director tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon landing in Japan on Saturday.

The People’s Committee in Lam Dong Province confirmed on Saturday evening that N.M., a 75-year-old Japanese director of Hokkaido Company in Da Chais Village, Lac Duong District, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in his home country earlier the same day.

After being brought to a quarantine facility, the Japanese man sent a text message to his employees in Vietnam, who then reported the case to local authorities.

Authorities in Lam Dong have quarantined 23 employees who had close contact with him.

Family members of these individuals will also be screened for COVID-19.

The firm has been locked down, and local authorities will continue tracing people who came in close contact with the Japanese executive.

M. has been working at Hokkaido Company for two years and usually travels to other Vietnamese provinces and cities for business purposes.

Information from the provincial Department of Health showed that he had boarded flight VN 7385 from Lam Dong to Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, and flew from the southern city to Japan on flight TL 750 that night.

He tested positive after landing in Tokyo early on Saturday morning and is expected to undergo a second test on August 6.

The Japanese man is currently in stable health conditions and has not showed any symptom of the respiratory disease.

The health department also announced his travel history from July 17 to 31.

M. traveled from Lam Dong to Ho Chi Minh City on flight VN 7385 on the morning of July 17, and headed back to Lam Dong on flight BL352 on July 19.

He stayed at Anada Hoetel in Da Lat City from July 20 to 31.

During this period, the man traveled to work on a daily basis and went to multiple locations in Da Lat.

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