Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed two imported COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while the world’s tally nears 63 million patients.
The two new cases were quarantined in Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa Province upon entry, the health ministry said.
Patient 1,342 is a 28-year-old Vietnamese who has a registered address in Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
On November 14, the patient landed in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from Japan on board flight VN5301 and was isolated in Ho Chi Minh City.
His coronavirus test returned positive on Saturday.
He is being treated at a makeshift hospital in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Patient 1,343 is a 33-year-old Vietnamese and has a registered address in An Dong Commune, An Duong District, northern Hai Phong City.
On Friday, he touched down at Noi Bai International Airport from Japan aboard flight VJ7837.
He was quarantined in Thanh Hoa Province upon landing. He tested positive on Sunday.
The patient is isolated for treatment in Hanoi.
Vietnam has logged 1,343 coronavirus cases as of Sunday night, with 1,179 recoveries and 35 virus-related fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has documented imported infections almost every day in recent times, as the coronavirus has re-emerged in many nations around the world. But Vietnam has spent three months detecting no transmission in the community.
The global tally has reached nearly 63 million cases, with almost 1.5 million deaths.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son remarked at a recent meeting that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most dangerous in 100 years.
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.