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Vietnam records 9 imported COVID-19 cases, spends a month detecting zero community infections

Thursday, December 31, 2020, 22:45 GMT+7
Vietnam records 9 imported COVID-19 cases, spends a month detecting zero community infections
Health workers take health information from people arriving along the border in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam. Photo: Minh Toan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health logged nine imported COVID-19 cases on Thursday, marking about a month of zero community infections in the country.

The imported cases are Vietnamese repatriates, including one from Japan, five from France, one from Canada, one from Mozambique, and one from the U.S., the health ministry elaborated.

They were all quaratined upon arrival in Vietnam.

One is treated for COVID-19 in Hai Duong Province, five in Binh Duong Province, two in Ho Chi Minh City, and one in Hanoi.

Vietnam has recorded 1,465 coronavirus cases as of January 23, when the virus first hit the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 1,325 patients have fully recovered from the respiratory disease while 35 have died, most suffering from underlying medical conditions.

The Southeast Asian country last announced local infections on December 1.

Since Saturday last week, authorities have detected four COVID-19 patients among a group of six Vietnamese who had made an illegal entry into Vietnam from Cambodia on December 24.

No community transmission has been recorded in association with these cases as yet.

The Vietnamese government allows entry to skilled workers, experts, diplomats, and Vietnamese repatriates, who are all subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival, although it still closes the border to international arrivals to stem coronavirus spread.

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