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Vietnam observes 40 consecutive days without community-based COVID-19 infections

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:50 GMT+7

The Ministry of Health reported two new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday morning, both of whom are imported cases, which makes Wednesday so far the 40th day without any new local transmission detected in Vietnam.

The two new cases, dubbed patients No. 2,706 and 2,707, had been quarantined right after their arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Patient 2,706, aged 37, from District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, reached Tan Son Nhat on April 3 after a flight from Qatar.

The patient tested positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine and was transferred to the Cu Chi Makeshift Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for treatment.

Meanwhile, Patient 2,707, 21, from Son Tay Town of Hanoi, landed at Tan Son Nhat on April 10 on flight OZ735 from Japan, which also dropped in at a South Korean airport.

The patient tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and is also receiving treatment at the Cu Chi Makeshift Hospital.

The two new transmissions brought the total COVID-19 caseload of Vietnam to 2,717, with 910 cases detected since the latest outbreak transpired on January 27.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 35, while 2,445 have recovered from the disease.

On Monday, the northern province of Bac Ninh became the first locale to roll out the second phase of Vietnam’s free vaccination campaign, with more than provinces and cities to follow suit this week.

The Southeast Asian country aims to immunize 70 percent of its population and has so far inoculated over 60,000 people since the first vaccine rollout, which started in early March.

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