Approximately 10,000 people are spending the rest of their 15-day quarantine in locked-down areas in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong after a university student was confirmed as a COVID-19 patient.
The entire campus of Thu Dau Mot University, Binh Duong’s largest of its kind, has been sealed off after a student tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 31.
The student, who was confirmed as patient No. 1,843 by the health ministry, came into close contact with another patient prior to her diagnosis.
Aside from the university, neighborhood No. 5 and parts of neighborhoods No. 3, 6, and 7 in Phu Hoa Ward, Thu Dau Mot City were also fenced off.
|People wait for their turn to receive supplies in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Viet Hung / Tuoi Tre|
Although more than 530 direct contacts of patient No. 1,843 have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, about 10,000 people inside these locked-down areas still have to finish their 15-day quarantine, starting on February 1, in accordance with regulations.
Authorities and volunteers have been supplying rice, vegetables, and other essentials to students at the Thu Dau Mot University campus and residents of the neighborhoods.
Everyone is required to wear face masks in public, while other COVID-19 measures are also applied in these areas.
|Face masks are supplied to people in a locked-down area in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Viet Hung / Tuoi Tre|
Aside from their daily activities, these students and residents have tried to boost their physical health by playing badminton or doing other forms of exercise.
The military has also been disinfecting all corners of Thu Dau Mot University and the neighborhoods.
Vietnam has documented 1,957 COVID-19 as of Friday morning, with 1,465 having recovered and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Binh Duong Province has recorded five community-based cases since a new wave of infections hit the country last week.
|The military disinfects a section of Thu Dau Mot University in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Viet Hung / Tuoi Tre|