Vietnam's first community cases of Omicron found in HCMC

By Le Phuong   January 18, 2022 | 05:54 pm PT
Vietnam's first community cases of Omicron found in HCMC
A medical worker analyzes a new coronavirus infection sample at a laboratory in HCMC, February 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has come to Vietnam with the first three community cases found in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

The April 30th Police Hospital in District 5 said the patients had gone to a private clinic for treatment of running nose and sore throat.

After rapid tests showed them to be positive for Covid, the clinic sent their samples to the hospital for PCR confirmation tests where staff detected genetic abnormalities in the samples and sent them to the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases for gene sequencing.

On Tuesday afternoon it confirmed they were infected with the BA.1 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant.

The three patients are a 35-year-old living in Binh Chanh District, a 31-year-old in District 11 and a 48-year-old in Go Vap District.

Local authorities are tracing and testing people who came into close contact with the three.

The 70 previous Omicron cases in the country, including 30 in HCMC, were all foreign arrivals isolated on entry.

The Ministry of Health had warned late last year that the risk of Omicron spreading in Vietnam is high and once it happens, it could overload the healthcare system since it is more contagious than Delta.

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