Vietnam confirmed four imported cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a dozen recoveries, and two deaths on Monday.
The four patients were logged in Hanoi and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
Patients No. 1,041 and 1,042 are Indian oil experts who arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on the same flight from Dubai, the UAE on August 29.
They were quarantined upon entry and sampled for COVID-19 testing in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, about 100km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
The Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City then confirmed their positive tests. Both are being isolated for treatment in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Patient No. 1,043 has a registered address in Vinh Yen District, Vinh Phuc Province, located in northern Vietnam.
Her flight touched down at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi from India on August 28.
She was quarantined upon arrival and sampled for coronavirus tests in Hanoi.
Her result came back postive and she is now treated at the Dong Anh branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital.
Patient No. 1,044 is an Indian expert who arrived at Noi Bai from India aboard the same flight as patient No. 1,043 on August 28.
He was quarantined upon entry and tested positive for the novel coronavirus in northern Phu Tho Province.
His result was later confirmed at the Dong Anh branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, where he is currently isolated for treatment.
Monday is the second day in a row the country has reported no domestic infections.
The health ministry recorded 12 recoveries the same day, including seven discharged from the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and five released from the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases.
It also announced two virus-related fatalities, taking the death toll to 34.
Most of the casualties had had critical comorbid medical problems.
Two patients died after having tested negative for the virus at least three times.
The health ministry did not include these casualties in the death toll.
Vietnam has registered 1,044 COVID-19 patients, with 707 recoveries as of Monday evening, according to the health ministry.
Vietnam has confirmed 550 local cases since July 25, when Da Nang logged the first domestic infection after the Southeast Asian nation had gone 99 days without documenting any community case.
It recorded zero coronavirus patients on Sunday, the first time in five weeks.
The nation announced 82 cases on July 31, the highest daily rise in the period between July 25 and now.
Most of the local cases have been traced back to Da Nang.
Foreigners have been denied entry into Vietnam since March over COVID-19 but foreign experts and skilled workers are granted government-approved exemptions.
The Vietnamese government has been arranging for charter planes to repatriate citizens from outbreak-hit regions.
International arrivals are all subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine in the nation.
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