Vietnam confirms six more imported Covid-19 cases

By Le Nga    October 19, 2020 | 04:20 am PT
Vietnam confirms six more imported Covid-19 cases
A medical staff writes on a tube of human samples for the novel coronavirus test in central Quang Nam Province. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.
Six imported novel coronavirus infections confirmed Monday evening raised Vietnam's active case count to 56.

"Patient 1136" is a 32-year-old French expert coming to work in Ho Chi Minh City. She took Emirates Airlines flight EK392 from Dubai and landed at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC last Saturday.

Quarantined on arrival, test results showed Sunday that she was positive for the novel coronavirus. She is being treated at HCMC's Cu Chi field hospital.

"Patient 1135" and patients "1137-1140", aged 26-40, are those who landed last Friday at the Van Don Airport in Quang Ninh Province from Russia on Vietnam Airlines flight VN5062.

They are residents of the northern localities of Thai Nguyen, Ha Nam, Quang Ninh and Hanoi; and the central province of Nghe An.

"Patient 1135" is being treated at the Cau Yen Region General Clinic in the northern province of Ninh Binh. He had been quarantined in the province on arrival. He was found positive for the virus Saturday.

Patients 1137-1140 are being treated at the Nam Dinh General Hospital in the eponymous province. These four had been quarantined in Nam Dinh on arrival and test results of their samples came back positive Sunday.

The six new patients take the national Covid-19 tally to 1,140. The national Covid-19 death toll remains at 35.

Vietnam has gone 47 days without community transmission of the virus.

Also Monday, the Health Ministry declared 15 people free of Covid-19, raising the recoveries total to 1,046.

The 56 active patients are being treated at 12 medical centers in different parts of the country. Of these, 10 have tested negative once, three for the second time and five for the third time. More than 13,000 people are in quarantine at present.

Worldwide, over 40 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded thus far, with the death toll exceeding 1.1 million.

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