This handout illustration image obtained on Thursday courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the US. — AFP Photo
SEOUL — A Vietnamese citizen has been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Daegu City, one of the two epicentres of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Republic of Korea (RoK).
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (KCDC) confirmed the positive test to the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK.
The KCDC also sent information about the patient to the Vietnamese health ministry.
Earlier, the RoK government said it will offer free treatment to Vietnamese nationals living in the country if they are infected with SARS-CoV-2.
The Vietnamese Embassy has sent dispatches to the RoK Foreign Ministry as well as agencies and localities in the RoK asking them to ensure effective treatment for the Vietnamese patient.
As of Saturday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the RoK had hit 2,931, with 16 deaths. Daegu alone accounted for the majority of the cases. — VNS