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Hanoi hotel employees quarantined after close contact with Israeli COVID-19 patient

Thursday, November 05, 2020, 11:48 GMT+7
Hanoi hotel employees quarantined after close contact with Israeli COVID-19 patient
A health worker is pictured at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Two employees of a hotel that offers a quarantine service in Hanoi have been quarantined after having close contact with an Israeli who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Israeli man, who entered the country on an expert visa, arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport from Qatar on October 31 and began his government-mandated quarantine period at a hotel in the capital’s Hoan Kiem District.

He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday and the results were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning.

Two employees of the hotel where he was staying were quarantined later the same day, according to Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control.

The two employees had engaged in conversations with the Israeli expert, during which they were wearing face masks but the foreigner was not, Tuan added.

The two have tested negative for the novel coronavirus once but still need to undergo another test in a few days.

They must also complete a 14-day quarantine period in accordance with government regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.

A total of 15 hotels in Hanoi are currently licensed to offer COVID-19 quarantine services for international arrivals.

The capital has not recorded any community-based infections for nearly 80 days.

The Ministry of Health confirmed four new imported cases on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Three of them returned from France and one had come back from Oman.

The country’s tally stands at 1,207, with 1,069 having recovered and 35 deaths.

Vietnam has so far gone through 63 straight days without a single locally-transmitted case.

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