Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced eight new imported COVID-19 cases on Saturday evening, all Vietnamese repatriates.
The new patients were quarantined upon arrival by plane, the health ministry said.
Two of them returned from Germany, one from Taiwan, four from France, and one from Malaysia, it elaborated.
Their ages range from 29 to 62 years old.
Four of the patients are treated in Hanoi, one in southern Tien Giang Province, two in northern Hoa Binh Province, and one in southern Bac Lieu Province.
Vietnam has recorded 1,482 coronavirus patients as of Sunday morning, with 1,337 recoveries, including 12 announced on Saturday, and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the health ministry.
Six hundred and ninety-three of the total cases were locally transmitted.
The country has spent over a month detecting zero domestic infections.
Since December 26, Vietnam has recorded four cases among a group of six Vietnamese who made an illegal entry from Cambodia on December 24 to dodge mandatory quarantine that is applied to anyone arriving from outside the country.
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 stall coronavirus transmission.