The Hanoi Lung Hospital in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi found eight inpatients, one doctor, and one nurse infected with the novel coronavirus through COVID-19 testing on Sunday.
The Hanoi Center for Disease Control (HCDC) confirmed the hospital’s test results on the evening of the same day.
The hospital is still looking forward to the HCDC’s confirmation of four additional suspected infections, including one inpatient, one medical staff member, and a patient’s family member.
Local authorities and the hospital have asked its visitors to proactively practice isolation, monitor their health conditions, and contact medical units if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Contact tracing has also been urgently carried out at the hospital.
The source of infection has not been identified yet, according to Dr. Pham Huu Thuong, director of the hospital.
The hospital leaders have planned to seek permission from the steering committee for COVID-19 prevention of Hai Ba Trung District to lock down its entire campus.
The institution has also stopped receiving new patients from 6:00 pm on Sunday.
Sunday’s COVID-19 testing at the Hanoi Lung Hospital, with 400 samples collected, was prompted by the infection of L.T.T.L., a 24-year-old woman from Tay Ho District, who had been in treatment at the infirmary from July 6 to 22.
After being discharged from the hospital in a normal condition on July 22, L. visited Phuong Dong General Hospital in Bac Tu Liem District over a fever on Saturday.
She took a rapid COVID-19 test at Phuong Dong General Hospital, with the result returning positive for the virus.
As another test using the real-time RT-PCR method conducted by the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital affirmed the positive result on Sunday morning, the HCDC informed the Hanoi Lung Hospital of the case.
Vietnam had documented 101,173 COVID-19 cases by Monday morning, with 10,342 recoveries and 524 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 97,421 local infections in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities, including 903 cases in Hanoi, since the fourth outbreak began on April 27.