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Private university in Hanoi on lockdown after student tests positive for COVID-19

Private university in Hanoi on lockdown after student tests positive for COVID-19

Monday, February 01, 2021, 16:48 GMT+7
Private university in Hanoi on lockdown after student tests positive for COVID-19
Supplied photo shows the Hoa Lac campus of FPT University in Hanoi.

The administration board of FPT University has immediately closed off its Hanoi campus in the suburban Hoa Lac area after a student attending the institution was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday.

Earlier, it was announced by the Ministry of Health that a 21-year-old student enrolled at the Hanoi campus of FPT University tested positive for COVID-19.

The student, dubbed patient No. 1,815, joined his mother in the wedding ceremony of a relative in Chi Linh City of Hai Duong Province on January 23 and 24 before returning to classes at FPT University on January 25. Three days later, he exhibited symptoms of the respiratory disease.

Test results on Sunday indicated that both him and his mother contracted the COVID-19 pathogen.

After the revelation, FPT University has mobilized all of its communication platforms to request staff members, lecturers, and students to stay where they are, cease all movements, and activate the Ministry of Health-endorsed mobile application Bluezone to help authorities with contact tracing.

Le Truong Tung, board chairman of FPT University, said authorities and the school board have identified around 50 lecturers and students as high-risk individuals and are working to trace more contacts.

The school board has also cordoned off its Hoa Lac facility, and is ready to utilize the campus as a concentrated quarantine center if needed.

On Friday, students of the university were sent home for an early Lunar New Year holiday for fear of COVID-19 transmission, after new outbreaks were confirmed in northern Vietnam on Thursday last week.

A total of 240 local cases have been recorded since then, according to the health ministry’s data.

The majority of the domestically-transmitted cases were traced back to Hai Duong and Quang Ninh.

Health officials have conducted aggressive contact tracing as well as targeted testing and lockdowns since the new wave blindsided the country.

On Sunday, Hanoi authorities ordered schools to close one week early for the Lunar New Year holiday.

One day earlier, Hanoi’s Department of Health had confirmed a third-grade student studying at Xuan Phuong Elementary School as a new case of COVID-19 infection. 

All classmates and teachers of this student were deemed to be high-risk individuals and were thus brought to mandatory quarantine.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,819 coronavirus cases, including 933 domestic infections, as of Monday morning, with 1,457 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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