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Lottery ticket seller isolated after sneaking into COVID-19 quarantine ward in Vietnam

Sunday, March 14, 2021, 12:24 GMT+7
Lottery ticket seller isolated after sneaking into COVID-19 quarantine ward in Vietnam
Makeshift Hospital No. 1 in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, where Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, 52, was found sneaking into a COVID-19 isolation ward. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A lottery ticket vendor was subjected to quarantine as she had been found infiltrating an isolation ward for COVID-19 patients in Vietnam this week.

Doctor Tran Thi Thanh Thao, director of the Department of Health in Tien Giang Province, confirmed on Saturday that the incident took place at Makeshift Hospital No. 1 in the province's Chau Thanh District.

The ticket seller was identified to be Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, 52, from the provincial capital of My Tho City.

On Wednesday morning, Thuy was found sneaking into in the makeshift hospital and entered the isolation chamber that hosts patient N.T.T., 34, a COVID-19 case who landed in Vietnam from Malaysia the same day.

After being spotted by medical staffers on the scene, Thuy was sent to a medical center in Chau Thanh where she was monitored by three police officers.

However, the officers discovered around 12:00 am on Thursday that she had fled confinement.

It was later revealed that Thuy headed to her rented room in My Tho and continued selling lottery tickets after she escaped the police officers.

She then visited the house of Huynh Van Hoang, a resident in Ward 10 of My Tho, and asked him for a ride to Go Cong Town.

After arriving in Go Cong on Friday, Thuy and Hoang were intercepted and sent to the local medical center for mandatory quarantine.

Medical officers check on COVID-19 patients in isolation rooms at Makeshift Hospital No.1 in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Medical officers check on COVID-19 patients in isolation rooms at Makeshift Hospital No. 1 in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Functional forces are working to track down Thuy's direct and indirect contacts before putting them through COVID-19 testing.

According to Tran Thanh Thao, Thuy’s first test result from the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute came out negative once.

So far, Thuy and Hoang have remained in good health and been kept in quarantine for further observation.

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