Two community transmission cases up Vietnam Covid-19 count to 251

By Le Nga   April 8, 2020 | 06:45 am GMT+7
Two community transmission cases up Vietnam Covid-19 count to 251
Two people fill out their personal information before getting tested for the new coronavirus at a quick test station in Hanoi, April 1, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Vietnam confirmed two new Covid-19 cases Wednesday morning, both locals contracting the infection from other patients.

"Patient 250" is a 50-year-old woman from Hanoi’s Me Linh District who’s a neighbor of "Patient 243," a 47-year-old man, and had come into close contact with him.

"Patient 243" had taken his wife to the Bach Mai Hospital's Department of Immunology and Allergy for a check-up on March 12. The couple left the hospital and went for a bite at a shop opposite the hospital on Giai Phong Street the same day.

Eighteen days later, he visited a communal medical facility to submit his health declaration and was told to self-quarantine at home. He’d had close contact with family members and business partners. While he remained asymptomatic, his samples were taken on April 4 by the Hanoi Center for Disease Control. Two days later, his test results were confirmed Covid-19 positive.

The Health Ministry Tuesday night announced a list of addresses that "Patient 243" had visited between March 8 and April 4, and called for everyone in Vietnam who’d gone to those places to report themselves for health monitoring as soon as possible.

Aside from Bach Mai Hospital, the patient had visited Quang Ba Market at 236 Au Co, Quang An Commune, Tay Ho District, a restaurant at 31, Alley No.75 on Giai Phong Street on the opposite site of Bach Mai hospital, Me Linh flower market on the National Highway No.23 in Me Linh District, the Obstetrics Department of Phuc Yen General Hospital at 7B, Xuan Thuy Commune, Phuc Yen District in the northern province of Vinh Phuc and Hanoi Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital at 929 La Thanh Street, Ba Dinh District in Hanoi.

"Patient 250" has taken number of cases related to the Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, now the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in Vietnam, to 45.

"Patient 251" is a 64-year-old man in Binh Nghia Commune, Binh Luc District in the northern province of Ha Nam. Since March 20, he has stayed at the Gastroenterology Department at Ha Nam General Hospital for treatment and been taken care of by his son and daughter-in-law, who live in Hanoi.

He tested positive April 7 and is now treated for Covid-19 at the hospital. Health authorities said they have yet to find the source of transmission for this case.

Of the 251 Covid-19 patients Vietnam has confirmed so far, 122 have been discharged, including 27 on Tuesday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 82,000 lives as it hit 209 countries and territories.

 
 
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