Two additional COVID-19 cases linked to Omicron cases in HCM City

January 20, 2022 - 12:15

The HCM City health department has reported two additional COVID-19 cases related to the first cluster of Omicron in the community.

Medical workers conduct COVID-19 testing for passengers arriving at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport. — VNA/VNS Photo Đan Phương

HCM CITY — The HCM City health department has reported a further two potential Omicron cases related to the first community cluster that was found in HCM City.

They have been quarantined at the COVID-19 field hospital 12, and are awaiting results of genomic sequencing.

The new cases have linked to a Vietnamese woman returning from the US and her three relatives that came to the Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport to welcome her back home, who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on January 15.

After genomic sequencing, the three relatives were found with the Omicron variant, while the woman’s result is still pending.

All six patients are in stable health condition.

The department has found other nine people having close contact with the Omicron cases. Their specimens have been sent for SARS-CoV-2 testing and genomic sequencing.

The HCM City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDC) has called for all passengers on the same flights with the patient to contact local health departments for consultation and testing.

She arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport in Khánh Hòa Province on flight number VN5409 from the Republic of Korea on January 7.

On the afternoon of January 10, she took Vietnam Airlines flight number VN1345 to HCM City. — VNS