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Indian expert among two imported COVID-19 cases in Vietnam

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 11:04 GMT+7
Indian expert among two imported COVID-19 cases in Vietnam
A hand sanitizatizing area at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: L.Anh / Tuoi Tre

Two imported COVID-19 cases, including an Indian expert and a Vietnamese citizen returning from Myanmar, were recorded in Vietnam on Saturday evening.

The first patient is a 30-year-old expert from India who arrived in Vietnam on October 6 and was quarantined upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Ministry of Health.

He tested negative for the novel coronavirus on October 7, but started coughing on October 16 and was sampled for COVID-19 testing once again.

The result came back positive on Saturday, and the patient was admitted to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment.

Sixteen other passengers who boarded the same flight as the Indian expert had previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus following their arrival in Vietnam.

The second new patient, a 37-year-old Vietnamese man, returned from Myanmar and landed at Cam Ranh Airport in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Thursday.

During his quarantine, he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

The patient is being treated at the Cam Lam District medical center in Khanh Hoa.

Vietnam has recorded 1,126 COVID-19 patients as of Sunday morning, with 1,031 having recovered and 35 fatalities, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Among the active cases, 23 have tested negative for the novel coronavirus once to three times since receiving treatment.

The Southeast Asian country has documented no community-based infections for 45 days.

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