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Recovered COVID-19 patient in Hanoi has positive retest 14 days after hospital discharge

Recovered COVID-19 patient in Hanoi has positive retest 14 days after hospital discharge

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 16:26 GMT+7
Recovered COVID-19 patient in Hanoi has positive retest 14 days after hospital discharge
Ngo Van Quy, vice chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, speaks at a meeting on COVID-19 prevention and control in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A man in Hanoi has retested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 14 days after his hospital discharge following a full recovery.

The information was announced at a meeting between the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and local authorities on Tuesday.

No local transmission has been reported in Hanoi since August 19, Hoang Duc Hanh, deputy director of the municipal Department of Health, said at the meeting.

However, the city logged one case retesting positive for the novel coronavirus on August 22 and another case involving a Hanoi resident testing positive after arriving in Japan on August 23, Hanh said.

The recovered patient who had a positive retest is a man residing in Co Nhue 1 Ward, Bac Tu Liem District, who underwent centralized quarantine upon his arrival from Sweden on June 6.

On June 18, he, his wife, and their three children were confirmed positive for the pathogen before being hospitalized and treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital city.

On August 8, the man was discharged from the hospital and isolated at home after being cleared of the virus.

On August 13, his first test for COVID-19 post-recovery came back negative.

However, a second test on Agust 22 returned positive and the man was admitted to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi for quarantine and treatment.

His wife and children’s test results were all negative and they are practicing self-quarantine at home.

All members in his family have not gone outside since their home-based quarantine on August 8.

Those who delivered food to the family all kept a safe distance, said Ngo Van Quy, vice-chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee.

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