Vietnam on May 30 confirmed another imported case infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, taking to 328 the total number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The Vietnamese patient, a one-year-old boy, had close contact with a COVID-19 patient on board the same Vietnam Airlines flight VN0062 from coronavirus hit Russia to Vietnam on May 13.
He was quarantined at a military camp in Hai Duong province as soon as he landed in Vietnam and tested negative for the virus shortly afterwards.
The boy tested positive by the Hai Duong Centre for Disease Control on May 28 and the results were confirmed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology one day later.
The boy is currently in quarantine at the Hai Duong provincial Hospital of Tropical Diseases for observation and treatment.
So far 34 out of more than 340 Vietnamese nationals on the same flight returning from Russia to Vietnam have been confirmed to carry the virus. Twenty-eight of them are receiving treatment in Thai Binh province, 3 in Hai Duong province, 1 in Quang Ninh province, and 2 flight attendants in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam has gone 44 consecutive days without new locally transmitted coronavirus infections.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has hit 328 since the first case was detected in January. As many as 279 cases have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
Infection risk remains high
At a recent meeting of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long warned about a high risk of virus infection in Vietnam as the country is receiving foreign specialists and highly skilled workers, as well as Vietnamese nationals repatriated from epidemic hit countries.
He stressed the need to tighten regulations for those entering Vietnam from overseas to nip in the bud any risk of community infection.
According to regulations, all international crew members, specialists, skilled workers and Vietnamese citizens boarding any flight into Vietnam are placed in quarantine as soon as they land in the country.VOV