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Libyan diplomat tests positive for COVID-19 in quarantine in Hanoi

Sunday, December 06, 2020, 21:59 GMT+7
Libyan diplomat tests positive for COVID-19 in quarantine in Hanoi
COVID-19 screening is conducted at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City: Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a Libyan diplomat as patient 1,366 on Sunday, who had been quarantined upon arrival in Vietnam.

The diplomat is 54 years old and has a history of hypertension and heart disease, the Hanoi Center for Disease Control said in a report on Saturday.

On November 12, he flew to Turkey and stayed there until November 19, when he took his wife and four children to Vietnam on board flight QR976.

He had a connecting flight in Doha, Qatar before landing at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on November 19.

As a diplomat, the patient was allowed to self-isolate at his residence in Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi upon entry.

The Bac Tu Liem Medical Center tested the diplomat and his family members on the night of November 19. All six results then returned negative.

On November 30, the patient felt tired and uncomfortable, with his blood pressure measured at 140/90 mm Hg. He was then taken to Duc Giang General Hospital in Long Bien District in a specialized vehicle.

The Libyan diplomat was examined and treated in an isolation ward for COVID-19 patients at the hospital. Four medical workers who were in contact with him were wearing coveralls, face masks, and face shields.

He was taken back to his residence at 5:00 pm on December 1.

He was sampled for a second coronavirus test on December 3, whose result came back positive later.

The Libyan is being isolated for treatment at the second branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the Vietnamese capital.

His wife and children are all negative for the virus but they have still been sent to collective quarantine at a hospital managed by the capital’s police force.

Vietnam has registered 1,365 coronavirus cases as of Sunday night, with 1,220 recoveries and 35 virus-related fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health.

Though most regular inbound 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.

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