Vietnam’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced one imported COVID-19 case – the wife of an Indian expert who entered the Southeast Asian nation earlier this month.
The latest patient is a 29-year-old expert who arrived in Vietnam with her husband, patient 1,125, on board flight 6E9471 on October 6, the health ministry elaborated.
Both of them were sent to a quarantine center in Ho Chi Minh City upon landing.
Her second and conclusive test returned positive for the novel coronavirus at the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control on Monday.
She is isolated for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the city’s Cu Chi District.
On October 17, patient 1,125, a 30-year-old Indian expert, was confirmed to have contracted the virus.
A total of 18 passengers aboard the flight 6E9471 have been confirmed as COVID-19 patients, the Ministry of Health’s data showed.
Vietnam has documented 1,141 coronavirus cases since January 23, when the pathogen first struck the Southeast Asian country, according to the same data.
The number of recovered patients has reached 1,046 while 35 virus-related fatalities have been recorded as yet.
Four patients died after having been cleared of the virus so they were not counted in the national death toll.
The ministry warned that the pandemic may worsen in the coming winter, at a time when more than 41 million people have caught the virus around the world.
The global death toll has topped 1.1 million, whereas above 9.1 million cases are being treated the world over.
No community-based infections have been detected in Vietnam for the last 47 days.
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 quarantine.
Though international commercial flights are now suspended, charter planes to the country have been arranged to bring in experts, skilled workers, and diplomats, and to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded in other nations and territories due to the pandemic.
Vietnam currently charges international arrivals for quarantine.
It provided the quarantine service for free in the past.