A man living and working in Binh Tan District in Ho Chi Minh City has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in his hometown in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.
L.V.D., 33, hailing from Tra Vinh’s Tra Cu District, was logged as COVID-19 patient No. 13,258, the provincial Department of Health said on Monday.
D. works as a delivery man for Duy Tan Plastics Company on Ho Hoc Lam Street in An Lac Ward of Binh Tan District and temporarily resides at Nam Long residential area on the same street.
The company requested D. not to go to work from June 16 after he had come into direct contact a day before with two drivers in the same department, who had been sent to centralized COVID-19 quarantine facilities for unknown reasons.
Medical authorities in his residential area collected samples from him and other residents for COVID-19 testing at around 12:00 pm on June 19.
As D.’s residential area was still not placed under lockdown at that time, he rode his motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh City to his hometown on the same day before his test result returned.
D. came to the medical station of An Quang Huu Commune in Tra Vinh's Tra Cu District to declare his health condition upon his arrival and was tested for COVID-19 one more time there, with unofficial results showing that he caught the disease.
He was sent to a military-run quarantine facility at 11:00 pm that day.
The official result of D.’s additional test on June 20 confirmed his infection.
He was then transferred to the Tra Vinh Hospital for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases to receive COVID-19 treatment.
All of his direct and indirect contacts have also been quarantined according to regulations.
Vietnam has recorded 13,530 local infections, including 11,827 domestic cases and 1,703 imported ones to date.
Of that, 10,258 patients, including three in Tra Vinh and 1,820 in Ho Chi Minh City, have been registered since April 27 -- the beginning of the fourth and the worst infection wave in Vietnam so far.
Recoveries have reached 5,453 while 69 people, most of whom had had pre-existing medical conditions, have died.