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Vietnamese seafarer from Ukraine confirmed as latest coronavirus case

Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 10:58 GMT+7
Vietnamese seafarer from Ukraine confirmed as latest coronavirus case
One of the three volunteers to be injected with Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccine on December 17, 2020 meets with health officials in Hanoi. Photo: Lan Anh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded one imported coronavirus case on Monday, nearly two weeks from his entry into the country from Ukraine.

The patient is a 37-year-old Vietnamese sailor who has a registered address in Hung Yen Province, northern Vietnam, according to the health ministry.

He arrived on board the Navios Marco Polo ship at a port in south-central Khanh Hoa Province on December 9. He was quarantined and tested for COVID-19 upon entry.

His second test returned positive on Monday.

The patient is being isolated for treatment at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Two other people aboard the Navios Marco Polo had been confirmed as coronavirus patients before. They are being isolated in Khanh Hoa.

Vietnam has registered 1,414 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday morning, with 1,269 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

Over 77 million people have caught the novel coronavirus around the world while more than 1.7 million patients have died of the pathogen.

About 56 vaccines have been injected or tested on humans, including the Nanocovax jab from Vietnam.

The first three candidates to be inoculated with the Vietnamese vaccine on December 17 are in stable health conditions.

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