Ministry reports 31st COVID-19 infection case
18:52 | 09/03/2020
VGP – The Ministry of Health has confirmed that a British national was tested positive for the COVID-19, bringing the total infection cases in Viet Nam to 31.

The 49-year old man was on the same flight VN0054 with Ha Noi's first COVID-19 patient, 26-year old woman, who returned to Viet Nam from the UK on March 2. 

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He has been treated at Bac Quang Nam Hospital in central province of Quang Nam with reportedly stable health condition.

The man is the 8th British national and 10th foreign patient confirmed having the virus after being in the same plane with Nguyen Hong Nhung - who is Ha Noi's first patient and Viet Nam's 17th case.

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Nhung left Ha Noi for London on February 15 to visit her sister sister. The pair then flew to Milan, Italy and returned to the UK on February 20.

On February 25, she took a flight to Paris, France for one-day tour. On February 29, she began to cough but did not go for medical checks.

On March 1, she reportedly felt body pain and fatigue, but it was unclear if she had a fever. The same day, she took flight VN0054 of the Viet Nam Airlines to return to Ha Noi on early March 2.

As she landed at the Noi Bai International Airport, she showed no signs of fever and after completing entry procedures, she was allowed to go home on her family's car to Truc Bach Street in Ba Dinh District's Truc Bach Ward.

Since arriving home, she isolated herself, wearing facemask and did not go out. Later on, she developed mild fever and coughed alot and was taken to Hong Ngoc Hospital on March 5.

She was then transferred to the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases where she was tested positive for the virus. All her family members are also being quarantined at the Hospital with stable health conditions.

Seventeen doctors of the Hong Ngoc Hospital who had been in contact with the patient are also isolated at the hospital and all are in good health.

On March 6, Ha Noi authorities blocked Truc Bach Street and closed shops in the area. People living in the same street have been asked to isolate themselves at home.

Of the 31 patients confirmed so far, 16 had been cleared of the virus and exited hospitals./.

By Huong Giang

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