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Hanoi locks down Taiwanese company over 12 coronavirus cases

Hanoi locks down Taiwanese company over 12 coronavirus cases

Monday, November 22, 2021, 18:09 GMT+7
Hanoi locks down Taiwanese company over 12 coronavirus cases
A medical worker takes a nasal swab for COVID-19 testing from a man in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hanoi have sealed off a Taiwanese company after recording 12 COVID-19 infections and some other suspected cases there.

The lockdown has been placed on Chun Fun Enterprise Co. Ltd. at Quang Minh Industrial Park in Me Linh, a suburban district in the Vietnamese capital, Le Van Khuong, deputy chairman of the district, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday afternoon.

A screening drive had found suspected coronavirus cases at the company, Khuong said.

A real-time RT-PCR test then confirmed 12 infections while some other cases are pending more definitive testing.

“We have temporarily locked down the company for fumigation,” Khuong said.

“After all the confirmatory tests return, we’ll trace contacts and assess the situation before deciding on the reopening of the firm.”

The People’s Committee in Me Linh District has prepared a contact tracing report to send to related locations for stalling transmission.

Chun Fun is a Taiwanese-owned company that employs about 320 workers.

Hanoi has recorded 7,726 local coronavirus patients, including 218 on Sunday, since Vietnam was hit by the fourth outbreak in late April, according to the municipal Department of Health.

The capital city has detected 8,043 cumulative cases and 43 deaths since the virus first struck the country early last year, the Ministry of Health reported.

Vietnam had recorded 1,094,514 infections, including 905,500 recoveries and 23,761 fatalities, by Sunday.

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