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Vietnam adds 12 coronavirus cases, all imported from South Africa, Mexico, US

Monday, January 04, 2021, 11:12 GMT+7
Vietnam adds 12 coronavirus cases, all imported from South Africa, Mexico, US
Passengers conduct health declaration procedures at Can Tho International Airport in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Photo: Thai Luy / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 12 imported COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with the national tally nearing 1,500 patients.

The new patients, all Vietnamese, were quarantined upon arrival from South Africa, Mexico, and the U.S., the health ministry noted.

Five of them are treated in Hanoi while the remainder are in care in the south-central province of Phu Yen.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,494 coronavirus patients as of Monday morning, including 693 local infections, according to the Ministry of Health.

A total of 1,339 patients, including two announced on Sunday, have recovered from the respiratory disease while 35 have died, suffering from comorbid conditions.

The country has recorded zero domestic cases since December 2, with four infections detected since December 26 among a group of six Vietnamese who had made an illegal entry on December 24 to duck compulsory quarantine.

Hundreds of people have been discovered sneaking into Vietnam from China and Cambodia as of early this month.

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.

Two domestically-made vaccines are undergoing clinical trials in Vietnam, their rollout expected late this year or early next year.

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