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Hospital guard in Hanoi catches COVID-19 despite not leaving workplace for 3 months

Hospital guard in Hanoi catches COVID-19 despite not leaving workplace for 3 months

Monday, June 14, 2021, 13:42 GMT+7
Hospital guard in Hanoi catches COVID-19 despite not leaving workplace for 3 months
A building is sealed off over COVID-19 infections in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A hospital security guard who had not left his workplace for three months was among three new local infections announced by the Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Monday morning.

L.V.C., 54, hailing from Long Bien District, worked as a security guard at Duc Giang General Hospital in the same district.

C. had stayed at the hospital without returning home for three months.

The man developed a mild fever, coughing, and a sore throat on June 3.

He then purchased and took medicines without a doctor’s prescription, before asking to take a break from work and going home on June 8.

He went back to work on June 12 and was examined by doctors at Duc Giang General Hospital as his symptoms did not improve.

The man was also tested for COVID-19, with his results later coming back positive.

The other two patients confirmed by the Hanoi Center for Disease Control on Monday morning were direct contacts of previously-confirmed cases in Dong Anh and Long Bien Districts.

From April 27 to Monday, Hanoi has recorded 463 local cases of COVID-19 in 13 clusters, becoming the locality with the fourth-highest number of infections in Vietnam, after Bac Giang with 4,137 patients, Bac Ninh with 1,352, and Ho Chi Minh City with 845.

These infections are among the total caseload of 7,523 recorded in 40 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and cities in this ongoing virus wave -- the fourth and the worst since the pathogen first hit the country on January 23, 2020.

The nation has documented an accumulation of 10,730 patients, including 9,093 domestic and 1,637 imported cases ever since.

Recoveries have reached 3,998 while 59 patients have died, mostly with critical underlying medical conditions like cancer and chronic renal failure.

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