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Ho Chi Minh City closes central market over new coronavirus infection

Ho Chi Minh City closes central market over new coronavirus infection

Monday, July 05, 2021, 11:04 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City closes central market over new coronavirus infection
Tan Dinh Market is fenced off over a new coronavirus infection in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, July 4, 2021. Photo: Hoang Diep / Tuoi Tre

Tan Dinh Market in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City has been suspended from operating for 14 days starting Sunday after a trader working there tested positive for the coronavirus.

The trader in question operated a fish stall on Ma Lo Street in the central business district, according to the market’s management board.

He traveled daily with his wife from southern Long An Province to the Binh Dien wholesale market in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 8 to source fish for resale at his stall in Tan Dinh Market.

The trader tested positive for the coronavirus through a mass testing session in his residential area on Saturday.

All of his family’s members have been sent to a centralized quarantine facility.

Following the detection of the trader’s infection, Tan Dinh Market’s management board requested all traders to close their stalls.

The closure is expected to last until July 18.

The board also sent a list of people who had come into direct contact with the infected trader to local authorities in their residential areas for medical testing.

Their test results will be reported to the market’s management board later.

Local authorities in District 1’s Tan Dinh Ward, who manage Tan Dinh Market, have continued tracing people related to the trader.

People who visited the market between June 20 and Saturday are requested to urgently contact the Tan Dinh Ward health station or the health stations where they live for medical declaration and instructions.

The Ministry of Health on Monday morning confirmed 328 local COVID-19 cases, of which 175 cases were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, which has recently led the country in daily new infections.

The latest cases have taken the country’s caseload to 20,261, including 7,891 recoveries and 86 deaths, since early 2020.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’ fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, the country has documented 16,833 infections, including 6,209 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Most of the virus-related deaths were recorded in elderly patients with underlying health conditions.

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