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Vietnam records 12 imported COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 1,300

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 22:37 GMT+7
Vietnam records 12 imported COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 1,300
A medical worker handles COVID-19 test samples in Vietnam. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 12 imported COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, all quarantined upon arrival from Russia, Germany, and Canada.

All new patients are Vietnamese people returning from the three countries, the health ministry said.

Two of them came back from Russia, six from Germany who had connecting flights in Romania, and four from Canada.

They are isolated for treatment in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, Ho Chi Minh City, and northern Hai Duong Province, respectively.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,300 coronavirus patients as of Wednesday night, with 1,124 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest statistics.

The country has gone 77 days straight without any community transmission of the virus.

The government is quarantining 16,399 people who either had close contact with infected patients or entered Vietnam from pathogen-hit regions.

Among the patients in treatment, 34 have tested negative at least once.

The Southeast Asian country 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.

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