Authorities in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Giang announced on Saturday that 28 health workers at a COVID-19 treatment facility had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Among them, 24 are health workers sent from northern Phu Tho Province to assist in COVID-19 prevention and control efforts in Bac Giang.
They worked at a local COVID-19 treatment facility and were in charge of collecting patients’ samples on a regular basis, according to the provincial People’s Committee.
Bac Giang has recorded 5,330 local cases since the beginning of the fourth transmission wave on April 27.
About 29,000 direct contacts and 95,000 indirect contacts have been traced in the province so far.
New patients linked to clusters at local industrial parks are still detected every day, but the number has been decreasing considerably, the Bac Giang administration stated.
Health workers have collected more than 1.28 million samples for COVID-19 testing, while district-level authorities have taken over 546,000 random samples in the community.
Task forces have been established to inspect local quarantine centers to make sure all pandemic prevention and control conditions are met and prevent cross infection.
Vietnam has documented 12,978 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning, with 5,054 recoveries and 64 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 9,720 local infections in 41 provinces and cities since April 27.