Eight more COVID-19 infection cases reported in Vietnam

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - The Ministry of Health has reported eight more COVID-19 infection cases, bringing the total to 29 in Vietnam.

All of the latest patients were on the same flight VN0054 of Vietnam Airlines with the city’s first COVID-19 patient, a 27-year-old woman, who returned to Vietnam from Europe on March 2.

Four of them were from the coastal province of Quang Ninh, two from the northern province of Lao Cai, and two British from the central city of Da Nang.

Sixteen of the 29 patients were given the all-clear. The remaining 13 have been put under quarantine and are all in good conditions.

Six other people who were on the same flight as Vietnam's 17th novel coronavirus patient have tested negative for COVID-19 in the central city of Da Nang.

The six, including four foreign nationals, were on the same flight that arrived in Hanoi on March 2 as the young woman who tested positive on Friday.

They were tested on Saturday and kept isolated at the Public Security Hospital No 199 and are all healthy.

Dr Ton That Thanh, director of Da Nang City’s Centre for Disease Control, confirmed the test results on Sunday, stating that samples of four foreigners, including two from Finland and two from Norway, and two air-hostesses (whose homes are in Da Nang), tested negative for COVID-19.

Thanh said the four foreigners arrived in the city via a train bound for HCM City from Hanoi and were seated in an isolated and sterilised carriage. They were taken to be isolated at the hospital immediately after arriving in the central city on Saturday.

Their results were ready within five hours of being tested, he added.

Thanh said the six people will be kept at the hospital for 14 days to monitor their health.

Doctors at the hospital said the six people did not exhibit any signs of cough, fever or sore throat, while their lung x-ray results showed they were healthy.

The latest report from the city’s health department showed 229 out of a total of 239 people, including 48 foreigners, had been released from Da Nang hospitals after being isolated. A total of 190 samples tested negative for COVID-19.

In Quang Nam Province, 33 tourists, who were also on the same flight as the 17th COVID-19 patient, and seven others on a trip to Hoi An were isolated and had their body temperature checked at hotels and hospital in the city from Saturday.

Medical samples were sent for testing from Saturday, and the provincial department of health will announce as soon as results come out.

In Thua Thien-Hue province, 12 tourists on flight VN0054 with the 17th COVID-19 patient of Vietnam have been isolated at four hospitals since they arrived in Hue City on Saturday. They will be isolated for 14 days.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho has said the province was staying vigilant.

He also said four Chinese and two Vietnamese, who arrived in the province on March 4, had been isolated at the provincial Military Training School.

Of the four Chinese – only one entered the country through an official border gate with a passport.

The Chinese group (three passed the country’s unofficial border checkpoint without passports) said they were fleeing COVID-19 stricken China.

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