Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded only one imported COVID-19 case on Monday, while detecting zero local infections in Ho Chi Minh City.
The latest patient is a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman who has a registered address in the northern province of Thai Binh, the health ministry elaborated.
She landed in Da Nang from Russia on board flight VN5062 on Sunday and was quarantined upon entry.
She tested positive for the novel coronavirus the same day before being isolated for treatment at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases.
Monday is the sixth day Ho Chi Minh City has recorded zero community cases, according to the health ministry.
The city recorded four local infections, patients 1,342, 1,347, 1,348, and 1,349, on November 29, November 30, and December 1, after Vietnam had spent nearly three months detecting no community transmission.
Patient 1,342 is a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who flouted quarantine rules to allegedly transmit the virus to patient 1,347, who in turn infected the remainder.
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control advises that people don face masks in public, frequently sanitize hands, keep a distance in social interaction, avoid large crowds, and declare health conditions in order to prevent COVID-19 infection.
Local authorities have been intensifying their crackdown on anyone failing to wear face masks in public, with fines reaching VND1-3 million (US$43-129).
Vietnam has confirmed 1,367 coronavirus patients since the virus first emerged in the country on January 23, with 1,224 recoveries, including four announced on Monday, and 35 virus-related deaths, the health ministry said.