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Hanoi tracks visitors to beer shop as owner’s father catches COVID-19

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 15:31 GMT+7
Hanoi tracks visitors to beer shop as owner’s father catches COVID-19
Health workers disinfect an alley on Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, July 29, 2020 after a man living there was confirmed as Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 459. Photo: The Anh / Tuoi Tre

The Hanoi Department of Health has issued an announcement in search of visitors to a beer shop in the capital city after the owner’s father tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The man is V.D.B., 63, who hails from Binh Giang District in the northern province of Hai Duong.

He started coughing and feeling fatigued on July 31.

On August 8, B. caught a taxi with his wife to 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung District for a check-up from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.

B. then went to his daughter’s house at TT3.13 in Tu Hiep Commune of Thanh Tri District, where the daughter runs a beer shop, named Loc Vung.

The 63-year-old man spent the night there before coming to Thanh Nhan Hospital in Hai Ba Trung District, where he was hospitalized with severe pneumonia on August 9.

On August 10, Thanh Nhan Hospital sent B.’s sample to the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (HCDC) for COVID-19 testing, with the first result showing he was negative for the novel coronavirus.

However, another test conducted by Thanh Nhan Hospital showed that he was positive on Tuesday.

The second result released by the HCDC on the same day confirmed B. is positive for the virus.

The Hanoi health department on Wednesday morning requested that people who had visited the Loc Vung beer shop in the aforementioned time frame contact the nearest medical facility, or call 0969 082 115 or 0949 396 115 for health support.

The Ministry of Health has yet to confirm B. as a COVID-19 patient as of Wednesday afternoon.

If confirmed, this will be Hanoi’s eighth local infection case since the detection of a 57-year-old male patient in the central city of Da Nang ended Vietnam’s streak of 99 days without local transmission on July 25.

A 29-year-old Vietnamese woman who flew from Hanoi to Japan tested positive for the coronavirus after landing on August 8.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 866, with 400 patients having recovered and 17 fatalities.

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