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Couple in Vietnam’s epicenter retests positive for COVID-19 after recovery

Friday, March 19, 2021, 16:40 GMT+7
Couple in Vietnam’s epicenter retests positive for COVID-19 after recovery
A medical officer takes sample for COVID-19 testing from a resident at Kim Lien Commune, Kim Thanh District, Hai Phong Province. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Two patients in the northern Hai Duong Province, who had been cured of COVID-19 after receiving treatment in local hospital, were found positive with the novel coronavirus once again on Tuesday.

The two relapse patients were found in Kim Lien Commune of Kim Thanh District in Hai Phong Province, confirmed Vu Ngoc Uong, chairman of Kim Lien Ward People’s Committee, in a discussion with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.

They were later identified as Hoang Van T. and Nguyen Thi H., who live in Co Phuc Bac Village.

According to Uong, T. was discharged from a local hospital on March 8 after showing signs of recovery from the disease.

After undergoing self-isolation at home as recommended by the authority, he received another positive test result on COVID-19 on Monday.

T. was sent to the Makeshift Hospital No. 2 of Hai Duong Province the same day.

Meanwhile, H. was also sent back to the hospital after her test result for COVID-19 came out positive on Tuesday, despite her just receiving discharge from COVID-19 treatment a day earlier.

In light of the positive test results, the surrounding of T. and H.’s house has been fumigated by local officials.

Kim Lien Commune has been considered an outbreak site in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam’s current COVID-19 epicenter.

After the latest wave of COVID-19 emerged in the country on January 27, Kim Lien Commune has recorded 28 cases of COVID-19, with two relapses among 11 recoveries.

Starting from March 12, Hai Duong Province has documented a total of ten COVID-19 relapses.

Vietnam has recorded 2,570 COVID-19 cases as of Friday morning, with 2,198 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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