Malaysian expert, Russia returnees three new Covid-19 cases in Vietnam

By Le Nga   October 13, 2020 | 04:43 am PT
Malaysian expert, Russia returnees three new Covid-19 cases in Vietnam
People returning from abroad are transported to a centralized quarantine facility at Can Tho International Airport in Can Tho City, April 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long.
Two Vietnamese women returning from Russia and a Malaysian man coming to work have raised Vietnam’s active Covid-19 case count to 50.

The two women, aged 20 and 26, landed September 26 at the Can Tho International Airport on Bamboo Airways flight QH9495 and were quarantined at a university dormitory in the southern Bac Lieu Province.

While they tested negative soon after arrival, the second test results returned positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday.

Patients 1111 and 1112 are undergoing treatment at the Bac Lieu General Hospital.

Previously, 20 passengers on the same flight, including a Russian expert coming to work in Vietnam, had been confirmed positive for the new coronavirus.

"Patient 1113," 37, is a Malaysian man who works in the oil and gas industry.

He landed last Saturday at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Malaysia Airlines flight MH766 and was quarantined in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province that borders HCMC.

After testing positive for the virus Monday, he is being treated at the Ba Ria Hospital in the province.

With the latest additions, Vietnam has recorded 1,113 Covid-19 cases with 1,026 recoveries and 35 deaths. One person’s recovery was announced Tuesday.

The nation has gone 40 days without any community transmission of the virus.

Worldwide, the Covid-19 death toll has risen to more than 1.086 million.

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