Another major hospital in Ho Chi Minh City has stopped receiving new patients after a health worker tested positive for COVID-19.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Wednesday morning that the COVID-19 case is a nursing staff at the neurology department of the University Medical Center in District 5.
Her husband first tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday for having such symptoms as a fever and coughing.
Her test result also came back positive later the same day.
The two patients have been admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 treatment in Can Gio District.
A total of 336 people including all employees of the neurology department and those who came into close contact with the nurse have tested negative for COVID-19.
The infirmary will also conduct COVID-19 tests on 510 inpatients.
It stopped receiving new patients from Wednesday, while the neurology department has been locked down.
The Pasteur Institute and Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control are scheduled to evaluate the risk at the hospital on Wednesday before making a report to the Ministry of Health.
The University Medical Center, under the management of the health ministry, is one of the most crowded hospitals in the southern city, receiving about 5,000 patients per day.
On Sunday, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, one of the city’s COVID-19 treatment facilities, began to be isolated for a week after scores of employees contracted the novel coronavirus.
Sixty fully vaccinated staff members of the hospital have been confirmed as coronavirus patients as of Wednesday afternoon.
Two employees of Gia Dinh People’s Hospital in Binh Thanh District who were linked to this cluster also tested positive later the same day.
Ho Chi Minh City has so far recorded 1,015 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth transmission wave began in Vietnam on April 27.