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French expert tests positive for coronavirus after entry into Vietnam

French expert tests positive for coronavirus after entry into Vietnam

Monday, October 05, 2020, 19:17 GMT+7
French expert tests positive for coronavirus after entry into Vietnam
Passengers wait for health declaration at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A French expert was confirmed as the latest COVID-19 patient in Vietnam on Monday, having been quarantined upon entry into the country last month, according to the Ministry of Health.

She arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on board flight EK394 on September 19.

The 57-year-old French expert was quarantined at Binh An 3 Hotel in Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi upon landing.

Her COVID-19 test at the Hanoi Center for Disease Control returned positive on Monday.

She is currently isolated for treatment at the Dong Anh District branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital city.

Vietnam has recorded 1,097 COVID-19 patients as of Monday evening, with 1,022 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, the health ministry said. It has gone over one month without any infection in the community.

A new wave of infections hammered the country on July 25, when touristy Da Nang logged the first community transmission after 99 days of zero domestic cases nationwide.

A total of 551 local cases were then recorded across Vietnam in the following weeks, the majority linked to Da Nang.

The nation spent more than a month aggressively tracing contacts and managing to suppress the outbreak afterward.

Vietnam has resumed commercial flights to certain destinations, including Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China.

Entrants from these places are now required to present certificates proving they tested negative for the novel coronavirus within three days of their boarding flights.

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 but the government allows foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats to enter the country on a case-by-case basis, subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The nation now charges international arrivals for quarantine. It provided the quarantine service for free in the past.

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