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Ho Chi Minh City alley cordoned off over suspected COVID-19 case

Ho Chi Minh City alley cordoned off over suspected COVID-19 case

Friday, May 07, 2021, 12:16 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City alley cordoned off over suspected COVID-19 case
A uniformed man stands guard down an alley at 359 Le Van Sy Street, Ward 13, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, May 5, 2021. Photo: Nhat Thinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City authorities have locked down an alley after a man retested positive for COVID-19, a source and the director of the local Department of Health told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday.

The alley in question is located at 359 Le Van Sy Street, Ward 13, District 3, the source said.

The man tested positive for the novel coronavirus when he carried out procedures to leave Vietnam.

He has been identified as T.H.T., 22, who hails from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang but stays at 359/1/31A Le Van Sy, Ward 13, District 3.

T. had visited two locations in the district on May 1 and 5.

He has been sent to a field hospital for COVID-19 treatment in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.

This is a positive retest, Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the municipal Department of Health, told Tuoi Tre.

T. had entered Vietnam and been isolated for COVID-19 treatment in Ha Tien City under Kien Giang Province for two weeks in March, Binh elaborated.

After the treatment, he was required to self-isolate at home for another two weeks but left his place of residence in Ho Chi Minh City and got tested himself as part of the immigration procedures, for he wanted to leave Vietnam.

The man has not finished his self-quarantine as required, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control said.

Sixty-one households including 210 people live in the alley, according to local authorities.

The Ministry of Health has yet to confirm this case as a COVID-19 patient.

Vietnam has recorded 3,091 coronavirus patients as of Friday afternoon, with 2,560 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the health ministry.

The country has registered 121 local infections in over a dozen provinces and cities in this fourth wave that started in April 27.

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