Two people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after coming into close contact with a Japanese man who was recently confirmed as a COVID-19 patient following his death at a local hotel.
The municipal Department of Health on Monday morning recorded two new COVID-19 cases – a 24-year-old Hanoi woman and 43-year-old Japanese who work at Mitsui Vietnam Company.
They had direct contact with patient No. 2,229 – a 54-year-old Japanese expert of Mitsui Vietnam – during a meeting on the ninth floor of Red Sun River Building in Hoan Kiem District on February 2.
Patient No. 2,229 arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on January 17 and stayed at a quarantine center until January 31.
He tested negative for the novel coronavirus twice during his quarantine period.
The foreigner flew to Hanoi on February 1 and was found dead at his hotel room on February 13.
He posthumously tested positive for the novel coronavirus on February 14 and was confirmed as a COVID-19 patient on the following day.
Preliminary investigation showed he had died from respiratory failure, while no criminal signs were found at the scene.
Authorities in Hanoi have made an urgent announcement highlighting seven locations where the patient had gone to prior to his diagnosis.
His direct and indirect contacts have been tracked, quarantined, and tested for COVID-19.