A vegetable vendor in Hanoi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus following her health check at a local hospital, while her source of infection remains unknown.
The Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Monday morning announced a new local COVID-19 case – a 45-year-old woman from Dong Anh District.
The patient has yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Health.
The woman, named D.T.H.N., sells vegetables at a market in Dong Anh Town, Dong Anh District and did not travel out of the area in May.
She had taken two days off before having symptoms such as a sore throat and runny nose on May 30.
The woman took over-the-counter medicine and stayed at home with her husband and two sons from May 30 to June 4.
The husband stayed at home the whole time as he previously suffered a stroke.
At 2:00 pm on June 4, N. headed to Bac Thang Long Hospital in Dong Anh District to seek treatment for her mild fever, coughing with mucus, and chest tightness.
The patient filled in a health declaration at the entrance of the infirmary and was transferred to an area reserved for patients with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and coughing.
She underwent cardiopulmonary bypass and was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia.
N. was advised to remain at the hospital for treatment and stayed in a temporary quarantine room.
She had her samples collected for coronavirus testing on Saturday.
Her mother and younger brother visited her on Sunday, before her test result came back positive for the novel coronavirus later the same day.
Local authorities are carrying out necessary procedures to transfer the patient to another facility for quarantine and treatment.
They have so far identified 13 direct contacts, who have been subject to quarantine and testing.
The patient’s source of infection has yet to be determined.
Vietnam has documented 8,791 COVID-19 cases as of Monday morning, with 3,368 recoveries and 53 deaths, according to the health ministry.
The country has documented 5,666 local infections in 39 provinces and cities since April 27, including 438 cases in Hanoi.