Nearly 80 students and teachers at an elementary school in Hanoi have been quarantined after a third grader was confirmed as a COVID-19 patient on Saturday.
Khong Minh Tuan, deputy director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday morning that 79 people at Xuan Phuong Elementary School in Nam Tu Liem District had been quarantined inside the school premises.
They include 57 students and 22 teachers and staff members who came into close contact with L.D.N.K., student of class 3E, who was confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 on Saturday evening.
These direct contacts will be quarantined for 14 days and undergo home quarantine for another seven days.
Local authorities have collected their samples for COVID-19 testing.
K. is the son of patient No. 1,694, who previously went to a wedding party in the northern province of Hai Duong on January 16 and had close contact with a COVID-19 patient.
Five of patient No. 1,694’s family members, namely his older son, wife, father, mother, and younger brother, have been confirmed to have the virus as well.
Three of his co-workers at the Z153 factory in Dong Anh District, Hanoi have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far. One of them had already been confirmed as a COVID-19 patient by the health ministry.
Hanoi authorities have ordered schools to close one week early for the Lunar New Year holiday, as a new COVID-19 outbreak has hit the capital this week.
The Z153 factory was locked down on Saturday, with 57 workers having been brought to quarantine centers while over 300 others remain inside the facility.
All of these workers have been tested for COVID-19.
Vietnam has confirmed 1,781 coronavirus cases, including 914 domestic infections, as of Sunday morning, with 1,456 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Southeast Asian country had detected zero local infections for nearly two months before it uncovered new outbreaks on Thursday.