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Apartment building in Hà Nội locked down after Indian expert tests positive for COVID-19




Park 10 block in Vinhome Times City complex in Hà Nội was put under lockdown since 11.30 pm Monday night. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Tùng

HÀ NỘI — An apartment building with 1,500 residents in Hà Nội has been placed under lockdown until further notice after an Indian expert tested positive for coronavirus after finishing quarantine.

The 37-year-old man works for car manufacturers VinFast and is living with his wife and two children in the Park 10 building of the Times City complex in Hoàng Mai District.

After the man, who lives on the 24th floor, tested positive, the authorities locked down the entire block and the residents cannot go outside.

He arrived in Việt Nam on April 17 and was quarantined at Cảnh Hưng Hotel, Hồng Bàng District in Hải Phòng City.

After two weeks and two negative tests, he was allowed to leave for Hà Nội along with his wife and their two children by taxi on May 1.

On Monday, the patient went to Vinmec hospital for a COVID-19 test and the results returned positive, so the test sample was forwarded to Hà Nội CDC for further confirmatory diagnostics.

The patient has been sent to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases’ campus in Đông Anh District, Hà Nội for treatment.

His family were allowed to quarantine at their residence as their children are still young, aged one and three years old. The Indian patient said he didn’t go outside his home after leaving quarantine other than the hospital.

Three Indian nationals staying at the same building have also been identified as his direct contacts.

A total of 41 residents living on the same floor as the patient have also been tested and results are pending.

The driver who transported him from Hải Phòng to Hà Nội is also placed under quarantine, and authorities are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

This has been the third case of testing positive for COVID-19 after completing quarantine in recent weeks, and the health ministry has urgently asked that all quarantine facilities to temporarily extend quarantine period beyond the prescribed 14 days until further notice.

Travel history

Also on Tuesday, details were released about the travel history of a COVID-19 patient in the city, who was on the same flight with two Chinese nationals who have since tested positive for the virus.

The 26-year-old office worker lives in at Phú Kiều Street, Bắc Từ Liêm District, and works at a company on Hoàng Quốc Việt Street.

On April 29 he was on flight number VN160 from Đà Nẵng to Hà Nội, sitting two rows behind the two Chinese nationals. He went from Nội Bài International Airport to his house in a car then had dinner with a friend at a restaurant at 64 Dương Khuê, Nam Từ Liêm District.

He had lunch with the same friend the following day at a restaurant on Nguyễn Phong Sắc in Cầu Giấy District. There were six other customers and three members of staff inside the venue at the time, but none had close contact with him.

Over the next few days he visited his father’s house on Hồng Mai Street in Hai Bà Trưng District and had contact with his father, younger brother and two other people.

He also had lunch with his brother on Bạch Mai Street.

So far, eight people he came into direct contact with have been traced and are currently quarantined. —






31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases




Việt Nam reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, including 30 local cases: Bắc Ninh (16), Bắc Giang(10), Lạng Sơn (3), HCM City (1). All are in locked down areas.





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HCMC reports another coronavirus case



HCMC reports another coronavirus case

The building where two Covid-19 suspects work on Pasteur Street, HCMC’s District 3 is isolated on May 18, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

A woman working with a man who tested positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday morning has also got infected, HCMC Health Department announced.

Her first test result arrived as positive Tuesday night after the city tracked down 59 people who have had contact with the 35-year-old man who lives in Thu Duc City, works at an auditing company District 3, and has tested positive at least twice.

According to the city’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the woman, 34, lives in Tan Kieng Ward of District 7 and also works at the auditing company.

She had visited northern Hai Phong City, a coronavirus hotspot, from April 24 to May 5.

She flew back to HCMC on May 5 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN1179 and ran a fever three days later. She bought medicine to treat herself and did not have her health checked at any healthcare facilities.

She took sick leave for three days after that and returned to work on May 11.

The city is tracing down passengers on the flight and people that have come into close contact with her.

The Thu Duc man has not been recorded by the Health Ministry as a Covid-19 patient.

He had visited Vinmec Hospital on Monday for symptoms including fever, coughing and sore throat and then his samples were taken for testing.

His mother, wife and two children who live with him have tested negative at least once.

For the ongoing Covid-19 wave that broke out in Vietnam three weeks ago, the health ministry has confirmed just one patient in HCMC. No new local transmission has been linked to the city for 75 days.

Nationwide, the new wave has seen 1,473 cases recorded in 28 cities and provinces.


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New Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Bac Giang



A medical worker handles test tubes containing samples for Covid-19 testing. Vietnam reported 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases on Tuesday evening – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – Thirty-three out of 48 new domestic Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening, May 18, were detected in Bac Giang, keeping the northern province the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the fourth Covid-19 wave.

The new cases in the province are people that had close contact with Covid-19 patients and had been quarantined before testing positive.

The province accounted for more than half of today’s Covid-19 tally, with 96 cases out of the country’s total of 152.

Among the remaining cases, 13 were reported in Bac Ninh Province, while Dien Bien and Thai Binh provinces had one case each. They were detected at quarantine centers or areas that are currently under lockdown.

Up to now, Vietnam has reported 4,512 Covid-19 cases, including 1,473 domestic infections in 28 cities and provinces in the latest outbreak starting late last month.

Bac Giang and Bac Ninh have been hit the hardest by the fourth Covid-19 wave, with 507 and 306 cases to date, respectively.

The Ministry of Health has asked some frontline hospitals and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to help Bac Giang Province with Covid-19 testing. The province is now capable of performing some 1,500 Covid-19 tests a day.

Many localities such as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Yen Bai and Hai Duong have sent medical workers and equipment to Bac Giang to help the province fight off Covid-19.

For Bac Ninh Province, the Health Ministry has asked Bach Mai Hospital to send experts and mechanical ventilators to Bac Ninh Province General Hospital to assist the hospital in treating Covid-19 patients and restrict sending patients to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.


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