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COVID-19 ‘super spreader’ infects over 90 people in Ho Chi Minh City

COVID-19 ‘super spreader’ infects over 90 people in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, June 13, 2021, 15:26 GMT+7
COVID-19 ‘super spreader’ infects over 90 people in Ho Chi Minh City
People have their samples collected for COVID-19 testing in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control

A COVID-19 patient linked to the cluster at a religious mission in Ho Chi Minh City has so far spread the disease to more than 90 people.

The case was reported by Dr. Nguyen Trung Hoa, director of the medical center in Go Vap District, during a working session with Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc on Sunday morning.

The patient – T.T.H. – resides at a tenanted house in Ward 3, Go Vap District and works at Thien Tu Company in Tan Binh District.

He has so far spread COVID-19 to more than 90 people.

However, the chain of infections has been put under control, Dr. Hoa stated.

The outbreak is associated with 16 members of Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in Go Vap.

The cluster was detected on May 26 and no longer causes any infection in the community, Hoa elaborated.

The number of local transmissions detected in the district on a daily basis is gradually decreasing thanks to rapid contact tracing and mass testing, the official added.

The biggest concern right now is that the district has recorded several community-based infections that are not related to the religious mission since June 3, he stated.

Go Vap District is considered as the largest COVID-19 hotbed in Ho Chi Minh City.

The district, along with Thanh Loc Ward in District 12, was required to follow strict social distancing measures for 15 days from May 31.

A social distancing drive with more relaxed regulations was implemented in the rest of the metropolis during the same period.

Vietnam has documented 10,435 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon, with 3,827 recoveries and 59 deaths, according to the health ministry.

The country has recorded 7,230 local infections in 39 provinces and cities since April 27, including 745 cases in Ho Chi Minh City.

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