The Hanoi Department of Health has announced the travel history of a Japanese man who posthumously tested positive for the novel coronavirus last weekend and is tracking all people who had contact with him.
The foreigner was Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 2,229, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday morning, adding that he was an imported case.
The 54-year-old, an expert of Mitsui & Co. Vietnam Ltd. Hanoi Branch, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on January 17.
He was brought to a quarantine center in Tan Binh District following his arrival and tested negative for the novel coronavirus twice on January 17 and 31.
He stayed at IBIS Hotel in the metropolis after completing his quarantine period on January 31.
At 11:00 am on February 1, the man traveled to Hanoi via flight VN254 and stayed at Somerset Westpoint Hotel in Tay Ho District from February 1 to 13.
He went to Sun Red River Building in Hoan Kiem District on February 2 and Hachi Ju Hachi restaurant in Tay Ho District on February 3.
The Japanese expert paid visits to Raffles Medical Clinic on February 4 and 8.
On the evening of February 5, he went to Torikichi restaurant in Ba Dinh District.
The man was found dead at his hotel room at around 7:00 pm on February 13 and tested positive for the novel coronavirus on February 14.
Preliminary investigation showed he had died from respiratory failure, while no criminal signs were found at the scene.
The Hanoi Center for Disease Control made an urgent announcement on Sunday evening regarding his travel history and called on all people who had been to such locations to promptly contact local authorities.
As of Monday morning, Vietnam has documented 2,229 COVID-19 cases, with 1,534 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the health ministry.
Among the COVID-19 cases in the country, 1,330 were local infections.