The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) confirmed on Tuesday morning that two more employees at Tan Son Nhat International Airport had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
One of the two individuals is an employee of Vietnam Airport Ground Services Company Limited (VIAGS), whose five other staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and confirmed as patients No. 1,979, 2,002, 2,003, 2,004, and 2,005.
The other works for the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and came into close contact with patient No. 1,979 during cargo supervision on January 30 and 31.
As of 10:00 am on Tuesday, seven staff members of Tan Son Nhat International Airport had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, of whom five were previously confirmed as COVID-19 patients by the Ministry of Health.
They were members of a team in charge of unloading, arranging, and supervising luggage and cargos at the airdome.
Twenty-five other patients have also been confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City after having direct contact with the airport employees.
The municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control previously ordered the COVID-19 testing for all staff members at Tan Son Nhat Airport following the detection of a cluster at Van Don International Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province.
A total of 8,130 samples have been collected and tested so far.
Competent authorities are conducting the second tests for all employees of VIAGS Company.
Airport staff who work directly with passengers are also tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis.