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20 coronavirus infections in office building prompts urgent contact tracing in Ho Chi Minh City

20 coronavirus infections in office building prompts urgent contact tracing in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 11:43 GMT+7
20 coronavirus infections in office building prompts urgent contact tracing in Ho Chi Minh City
Alley No. 42 where a company with 20 new COVID-19 infections is located on Ung Van Khiem Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, June 29, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City have issued a notification to look for visitors to a local eight-story office building, where a company with 20 new COVID-19 infections is situated.

In the notification, the functional forces requested people who had been to the Bcons building, located at 42/1 Ung Van Khiem Street in Binh Thanh District, between June 14 and 28 to immediately contact their local medical stations for medical declaration and instructions.

The office building reportedly housed 14 different companies.

Eighty-one employees of one of the companies went to FV Hospital in District 7 to be tested for COVID-19 on Monday after one of their co-workers had a rapid coronavirus test result return positive.

Their test results identified 20 positive cases, which were confirmed by the Ministry of Health at noon on Tuesday. All of the infected people had no symptoms.

Seven of them are residing in Binh Thanh District while the remaining 13 come from other districts.

The office building has been temporarily shuttered from 10:00 am on Tuesday.

At the time the functional forces came to lock down the building, 66 employees of different companies were still working inside, while the firm with the 20 infections had asked all of its workers to stay home.

All of the 66 employees were told to remain inside the building and were sampled.

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control also sent a medical force to the area to investigate and disinfect the area.

A part of Alley No. 42 on Ung Van Khiem Street has also been sectioned off ever since.

The Ministry of Health reported 94 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday morning, including one imported case and 62 patients in Ho Chi Minh City, raising the national tally to 16,507, with 6,764 recoveries and 80 deaths.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s latest wave broke out in the country, it has documented 13,147 local infections across 50 of its 63 provinces and cities.

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