Indian expert among two new imported Covid-19 cases in Vietnam

By Le Nga   October 17, 2020 | 03:53 am PT
Indian expert among two new imported Covid-19 cases in Vietnam
Passengers provide health declarations at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC, March 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
An Indian expert and a Vietnamese man returning from Myanmar, both quarantined upon arrival, are Vietnam’s latest Covid-19 patients, raising the country’s active cases to 57.

"Patient 1125" is a 30-year-old Indian expert who landed October 6 at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from India on IndiGo Airways flight 6E9471, the Health Ministry said Saturday evening.

The man was quarantined at a centralized camp in the city. He had his samples taken for Covid-19 test a day later but the result showed negative.

On October 16, he developed cough and medical staffs took his samples for second Covid-19 testing. The result done by the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases confirmed he was positive for the novel coronavirus and he is being treated at the hospital.

Earlier, 16 Indian experts boarding the same flight were confirmed positive for the virus and they were being treated in Dong Thap and Dong Nai provinces and HCMC in southern Vietnam.

"Patient 1126" is a 37-year-old resident of Quynh Chu District in the northern province of Thai Binh. On October 15, he landed at Cam Ranh Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Vietjet flight VJ2735 from Myanmar and was quarantined at the National Defense Education Center of Nha Trang University.

On October 16, the Khanh Hoa Center for Disease Control took his sample and sent it to Pasteur Nha Trang Institute. The next day, the result came back positive. He is being treated at a medical center of Cam Lam District.

Vietnam also declared a Covid-19 patient recovered on Saturday.

The country has recorded 1,126 coronavirus cases and 1,031 recoveries. Its Covid-19 death toll stands at 35.

Vietnam has gone 45 days without community transmission of the virus. More than 13,000 people are in quarantine at present.

Worldwide, over 39 million people have been infected, with death toll climbing to over 1.1. million.

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