At least 30 COVID-19 cases have been traced to a cluster at the funeral of a resident in Vinh Long Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
Van Cong Minh, director of the provincial Department of Health, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday morning that the funeral was organized in Tan Loc Commune, Tam Binh District.
The deceased person was an elderly woman who died of a chronic illness, Minh added.
The official stated that the number of infections related to this cluster may be higher as epidemiological investigation is still ongoing.
The report of Tan Loc Commune’s administration showed that the funeral was held from July 10 to 12, and the family had asked for permission from authorities.
Local officials required the family to limit the number of attendees to 30, and all people had to wear face masks, sanitize their hands, and keep a safe distance from each other.
Visitors to the funeral were relatives of the deceased woman and some neighbors.
Two of her grandchildren, who were among the attendees, underwent rapid COVID-19 tests at Xuyen A Hospital in Vinh Long on July 18, and the results came back positive.
Their real-time RT-PCR tests later returned the same results.
Twenty-eight of their direct contacts have also been confirmed positive for the pathogen.
Following the detection of the cluster, four hamlets with more than 5,400 people in Tan Loc have been locked down.
Local authorities have quarantined 20 direct contacts and 46 indirect contacts associated with this cluster.
Vietnam had documented 94,913 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon, with 17,583 recoveries and 370 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 91,165 local infections in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth outbreak began on April 27.
Vinh Long has detected 586 cases in this bout.