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Vietnam detects 7 imported coronavirus cases, zero local infections

Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 22:42 GMT+7
Vietnam detects 7 imported coronavirus cases, zero local infections
A health worker fumigates a quarantine room in Vietnam. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam reported seven imported COVID-19 cases and zero local infections on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

Six of the new patients are Vietnamese while the other is an Indian expert, the health ministry said.

One made an entry from Russia, three from France, one from the U.S. with a connecting flight in South Korea, one from the Philippines, and one from the UAE, the ministry elaborated.

They were all quarantined upon arrival and are now isolated for treatment in Khanh Hoa Province, Dong Nai Province, Da Nang, Can Tho City, and Hanoi.

Vietnam has announced three local infections, recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, since Monday, after it had gone nearly three months without any known domestic case.

The three were traced back to an infected patient who flouted quarantine rules.

Ho Chi Minh City authorities are conducting aggressive contact tracing to prevent widespread transmission.

Educators have told about 100,000 college students to stay home as the patients’ contacts had visited different campuses.

Vietnam has recorded 1,358 coronavirus patients as of Wednesday night, with 1,201 recoveries, including six announced on Wednesday, and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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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