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Vietnam’s southern province locks down rented rooms over coronavirus case

Vietnam’s southern province locks down rented rooms over coronavirus case

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 11:23 GMT+7
Vietnam’s southern province locks down rented rooms over coronavirus case
This image shows a health worker taking samples from a man for COVID-19 testing in Long An Province, Vietnam. Photo: An Long / Tuoi Tre

Authorities of Long An Province in southern Vietnam have shut down an establishment offering rooms for rent following the detection of a coronavirus-positive case there to curb further spread.

All the rented rooms of the establishment, located in Ben Luc District, have been closed down after a 31-year-old man living there tested positive for the virus, the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on Monday.

The infected man works for a company 300 meters from the establishment.

He was found positive for the virus after he underwent a quick test at Ben Luc General Hospital, where he had come for a check-up after having a fever and sore throat earlier the same day.

The patient was promptly taken to the provincial Center for Disease Control, where a real-time RT-PCR test later confirmed his initial diagnosis.

Local epidemic prevention teams have urgently disinfected the rented rooms, traced direct and indirect contacts of the worker, and taken other necessary steps.

Before this positive case, the Mekong Delta province of Long An had documented 17 COVID-19 infections and had been taking many measures to strictly monitor and manage people coming from epidemic-hit localities, including Ho Chi Minh City.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday morning confirmed 47 local cases, including 36 in Ho Chi Minh City, which has recently topped the country in daily new infections.

The latest cases have pushed the total number of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam to 13,530, including 69 deaths, all recorded since early 2020, when the pandemic broke out in the country.

Since April 27, when the fourth and worst wave appeared in Vietnam, 10,257 infections have been registered nationwide.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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