A hospital in downtown Ho Chi Minh City has found five COVID-19 infections during its recent screening of outpatients.
Five of the hospital's outpatients tested positive for the virus on Tuesday after they underwent COVID-19 screening on Monday at Saigon General Hospital, located in District 1
They were then transferred to Cu Chi Field Hospital in the city’s Cu Chi District for treatment, according to Dr. Nguyen Khac Vui, deputy director of the Saigon General Hospital.
All these patients, aged 23 to 59, went to the hospital for examination after having typical COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, a sore throat, dry cough, phlegm cough, and loss of taste on Monday.
They were isolated from the very beginning in the hospital’s quarantine area for screening and had their samples taken for testing, said Dr. Vui.
The five patients include three from District 1, one from District 7, and the other from Binh Thanh District.
The hospital has temporarily suspended its outpatient examination services to review all operational procedures to ensure safety against COVID-19.
“This is the first time the hospital has detected such coronavirus infections,” Dr. Vui said, adding that a quick report about this discovery has been submitted to the municipal health department.
In a report at noon on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 100 new COVID-19 cases, including 95 domestic and five imported cases, of which 37 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City.
The country has so far documented a total of 13,630 patients, including 5,453 recoveries and 69 deaths, since early 2020.
Since April 27, when Vietnam began to suffer the pandemic’s fourth wave, 10,353 have been recorded nationwide.