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Five new coronavirus cases in Việt Nam confirmed, total hits 66

Update: March, 17/2020 - 20:15

 

An area under quarantine. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health announced five new COVID-19 infections in Việt Nam on Tuesday evening, bringing the total to 66. 

The 62nd patient is an 18-year-old Vietnamese student who returned from the UK on Monday on a flight of Vietnam Airlines which landed in Vân Đồn Airport, Quảng Ninh Province. Testing at the airport showed he was positive for SARS-CoV-2 and the result was confirmed later. He is now hospitalised at the Việt Nam-Thụy Điển Uông Bí Hospital in Quảng Ninh, in stable health.

The 63rd case is another Vietnamese student returning from the UK.  After her flight landed in Nội Bài Airport, Hà Nội, on Sunday, she was tested and confirmed to be positive for the coronavirus. The 20-year-old girl is in stable health and being treated at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases No2.

The 64th patient is a 34-year-old woman residing in HCM City. She travelled from Switzerland through Dubai to Việt Nam on March 12 and was taken to a quarantine facility on Monday. She tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Tuesday but showed no symptoms. 

The 65th patient, who resides in HCM City, had contact with and worked with the 45th and 48th patients on March 7 and 10. The 28-year-old woman was taken to a quarantine facility on March 13 and confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus on Tuesday. 

The 64th and 65th patients are now hospitalised in the acute respiratory disease hospital in Củ Chi District. They are both in stable health conditions. 

The 66th case, also a resident in HCM City, flew from Pennsylvania, the US on March 14 to Toronto (Canada) then Taiwan (China) and arrived in Việt Nam on Monday. Tests the same day confirmed the 21-year-old woman was infected with SARS-CoV-2. She has so far shown no symptoms.

As of 7pm on Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 infections in Việt Nam was 66, with 16 patients having recovered. — VNS

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