A man working for a company at Hoa Phu Industrial Park in Vinh Long Province, situated in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient.
Hailing from Vinh Long’s Mang Thit District, the 38-year-old worker of Ty Xuan Co. Ltd. had his real-time RT-PCR test result return positive on Sunday evening, the provincial steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control said on Monday.
He had directly interacted with a COVID-19 patient previously.
His wife also works at the same company.
The committee has found out 85 and 800 people who came into direct and indirect contact with the male worker, respectively.
Fifty-two workers on the same production line as the patient hail from Chau Thanh District in neighboring Dong Thap Province, which has recorded a surge in infections over the past few days.
The 85 direct contacts have been sent to centralized quarantine facilities and are waiting for the results of their COVID-19 tests, while the 800 indirect contacts and all workers of Ty Xuan Co. Ltd. have also been tested, using rapid test kits.
Two factories where the patient and his wife work have been temporarily closed for disinfection.
Medical authorities have asked all factory workers in Vinh Long and Dong Thap to temporarily stay home to prevent transmission and perform health declaration in their locales for medical management and monitoring.
Vinh Long and Dong Thap have recorded 16 and 226 local infections, respectively, in the ongoing coronavirus wave, which broke out in Vietnam on April 27.
The People’s Committee of Vinh Long has previously put two concentrated isolation facilities set up at the two campuses of Vinh Long Vocational College into operation.
Vietnam has documented 21,560 infections so far, including 18,113 local cases since April 27.
Recoveries have reached 8,022 while 90 people, most of whom were aged patients with underlying health conditions, have died.