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Ten-year-old COVID-19 patient tests positive again in HCM City

Update: May, 06/2020 - 11:15


Medical workers in HCM City conduct COVID-19 tests. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Patient 204, a 10-year-old boy in HCM City, has tested positive for COVID-19 after previously being given the all-clear. The patient was the 10th case in the city to have tested positive again.

The patient, living in District 2’s Cát Lái Ward, was deemed to have recovered on April 10 and discharged from HCM City Children’s Hospital, the city’s Health Department announced on Tuesday afternoon.  

The health department was informed that since being discharged from hospital, he only had contact with family members and another family living in the same building.

The patient has been transferred to Củ Chi Field Hospital for follow-up and treatment. All those in close contact with the patient have been moved to the quarantine area of District 2.

Local health officials have sprayed disinfectant at high-risk areas in the building and advised people to implement measures to avoid risk of infection.

On March 14, the patient flew on flight TK1770 of Turkish Airlines, seat number 20B from Prague, Czech Republic to Istanbul, Turkey.

Next, he flew from Istanbul on flight number TK162, seat number 16K, to Việt Nam on March 15 (same flight as patient 83).

On entry into Việt Nam, he showed no symptoms and was transferred to the Military School of Military Zone 7’s quarantine area, District 12. He tested negative for COVID-19 here on March 18.

During the quarantine period, from March 18, he did not have fever, but his roommate said he sneezed.

On March 27, he tested positive for COVID-19 and he was transferred to Cần Giờ Hospital’s quarantine area.

On March 31, he was transferred to HCM City Children's Hospital for treatment. He was reported to be in a stable condition, with no cough or fever.

He tested negative three times from April 1 to 6, by HCM City’s Pasteur Institute.

On April 10, he was discharged from hospital and completed the 14-day quarantine period at home.

However, the city has found a number of cases tested positive after being given the all-clear, so authorities took the decision to re-test all those who have recovered in the last 30 days.

Given the rise in relapse cases, Vice Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Lê Thanh Liêm urged the local health sector to continue monitoring patients who have been discharged through daily testing for 30 days. — VNS

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