Thursday, October 22 2020


One imported COVID-19 case, two recoveries on Monday

Update: October, 05/2020 - 19:37


The quarantine area in the emergency unit of Đông Anh District campus of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam recorded one COVID-19 case on Monday, a 57-year-old French woman quarantined upon arrival, bringing the country’s total to 1,097.

The newest patient entered Việt Nam on a flight from Dubai, UAE which landed in Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on September 19.

The foreign expert has quarantined in a hotel in Sóc Sơn District of Hà Nội.

Her test result returned positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Monday, according to Hà Nội Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and the patient is being treated at Đông Anh District facility of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Monday also featured two recoveries, patients 1,075 and 1,076 – both Taiwanese technicians who were confirmed COVID-19 infections on September 28.

The 33-year-old and 58-year-old men entered Việt Nam via Hữu Nghị (Friendship) border gate in Lạng Sơn Province and were quarantined upon entry.

After four negative tests, the two patients were declared free of the virus.

They are not suffering from fever, coughing or breathing difficulties with all vital indicators at a stable level.

So far, Việt Nam has successfully treated 1,022 COVID-19 cases out of the total 1,097.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control noted that currently, the country has no seriously ill coronavirus patient in treatment.

One active case has tested negative for the virus for the first time, two have tested negative twice while six others have received three negative tests.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Việt Nam stands at 35.

Earlier in the morning, Hà Nội CDC’s deputy director Khương Minh Tuấn confirmed a 23-year-old male from Hà Nội tested positive for coronavirus as he arrived at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on the September 30 flight.

The airport reportedly used the antigen testing method, which yields results in a short time but the accuracy is not reliable.

Tuấn said while Hà Nội health authorities are still awaiting the patient's confirmatory molecular test results (using the time-consuming but accurate PCR testing) from Japan, they have taken samples from family members close to him for testing and carried out sterilisation in his neighbourhood.

This is the 11th case since August when a Vietnamese citizen got positive results from quick tests after arriving in Japan, South Korea and France, but they were all given the clear after the PCR tests’ results later returned negative.

As of Monday, Việt Nam has gone 33 days without local transmission of COVID-19, and Hà Nội 48 days. — VNS

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