Pizza shop employee latest Covid case in new Hanoi cluster

By Giang Huy, Tat Dinh   July 16, 2021 | 02:58 pm GMT+7
Pizza shop employee latest Covid case in new Hanoi cluster
An ambulance and medical workers arrive at a pizza shop on Hanoi's Doan Tran Nghiep Street to lock it down due to Covid linkage, July 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
A new coronavirus case found at a pizza shop in Hai Ba Trung District on Thursday is potentially linked to six other cases at a nearby construction site.

The latest coronavirus case is a 21-year-old cook and shipper employed at a pizza shop on Doan Tran Nghiep Street. It is next to a construction site on Ba Trieu Street, where six coronavirus cases have been detected since late last week.

Five of the infected were construction workers who traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, while the other is an advertisement executive employed at the construction site who parks at a nearby mall also on Ba Trieu, authorities said.

The cook, who lives in Hoang Mai District, works every day and parks his motorbike at the same mall. On July 14, he developed a fever and visited Thanh Nhan Hospital where he tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC).

His case has not yet been confirmed by the Ministry of Health. With the latest addition, seven coronavirus cases have been connected to the Ba Trieu construction site cluster so far.

As of Friday morning, authorities have tracked down at least 27 people in Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, Hoang Mai and Thanh Xuan districts who had come in contact with the infected pizza shipper.

Doan Tran Nghiep Street lies next to a large mall with several restaurants and cafes. The capital has already suspended in-person food and beverage services starting July 13 however to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Hanoi has recorded 567 Covid-19 cases since the fourth coronavirus wave hit Vietnam in late April, including 148 cases in two locked down hospitals.

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