The 49th patient and his wife - the 30th patient - entered Việt Nam at Nội Bài International Airport on March 2. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Another patient has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Huế City, raising the total number of infections in Việt Nam to 49.
The patient, a 71-year-old British man who flew from London to Hà Nội on March 2's flight VN0054, is the husband of the 30th patient, who has been quarantined for treatment at Huế Central Hospital since Sunday.
As of Saturday, 14 passengers on the flight, including two Vietnamese, were reported to be infected with COVID-19.
More than 200 passengers and cabin crew members of VN0054 have been isolated.
Việt Nam's foreign ministry announced on Saturday the country would halt entries for tourists from countries in the Schengen area or the UK from March 15, amid the coronavirus outbreak and soaring death tolls in Europe, sparking concern they might be the next epicentre. — VNS
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