A man who tested positive for COVID-19 using the real-time PCR method in the Mekong Delta on Sunday had his retest return negative at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City the same day.
The retest was conducted on a sample taken from T.V.T., 49, and sent by the Center for Disease Control in Bac Lieu Province, the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City said on Sunday evening.
The institute is among the medical facilities tasked with confirming COVID-19 tests during the pandemic in Vietnam.
T., who hails from Soc Trang Province, also located in the Mekong Delta, had been considered a suspected case following his first positive test because the Ministry of Health still had not registered it by then, according to a report by the Bac Lieu Center for Disease Control.
He claimed to have never left his hometown nor had any contact with coronavirus patients or suspected cases in the preceding 14 days.
On Saturday, T. and six other people traveled on motorbikes to a wind power company in Bac Lieu City, which is the provincial capital, to seek jobs.
The group later went to Bao Anh Diner and have a cup of coffee before contacting a man named Huu from the company.
Huu rented a room next to Bao Anh for the group to take a rest.
At 11:00 am the same day, T. and the other group members had lunch at Ut Suong Rice Point near their room.
Around 2:30 pm, Huu took T.’s group by motorbike to Thanh Vu Medic Bac Lieu Hospital for a COVID-19 test.
The hospital announced on Sunday that T. had tested positive for the virus, using the real-time PCR method.
He was then isolated at Bac Lieu General Hospital.
All of his direct contacts already tested negative for the virus, the Bac Lieu Center for Disease Control said on Sunday night.
Vietnam’s caseload tally has hit 2,448 as of Monday morning, with 849 domestic cases reported since January 27, when the country confirmed the first community-based infection after having spent almost two months detecting zero local transmissions, according to the Ministry of Health's data.
Hai Duong Province in the northern region is the largest epicenter with 665 cases.