An employee of a quarantine hotel in northern Vietnam tested positive for the novel coronavirus after having direct contact with four Indian COVID-19 patients who had arrived in the country earlier this month.
The 63-year-old Vietnamese man works for Nhu Nguyet 2 Hotel, which has been functioning as a quarantine facility for international arrivals.
He came into direct contact with four Indian nationals who were then confirmed as COVID-19 patients No. 2,786, 2,811, 2,812, and 2,831, according to the provincial Department of Health.
Patients No. 2,786, 2,811, 2,812, and 2,831 are among a group of Indian experts and their family members who landed in Vietnam on April 18.
This group included 11 people.
All of them were quarantined at Nhu Nguyet 2 Hotel upon their arrival by plane.
As of Monday, the remaining seven members of the group had tested negative for the novel coronavirus four times.
The hotel employee, along with a Vietnamese health worker, underwent their second COVID-19 tests on Monday.
The results showed that the hotel employee was positive for the novel coronavirus, while the health worker tested negative.
The hotel staff has been brought to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi for treatment.
The Ministry of Health, however, has yet to confirm him as a COVID-19 patient.
The Yen Bai health department advised residents to remain calm as all patients and their direct contacts have been strictly quarantined in accordance with regulations.
Vietnam has documented 2,852 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, with 2,852 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the health ministry.