BINH THUAN, 13 March 2020: Five new cases of Covid-19 infections were reported on Thursday (March 12) in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan, increasing the number of infected cases in Vietnam to 44.
All five new cases were related to the 34th patient. Out of 56 blood samples sent to Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang on Tuesday and Wednesday, five tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
The 40th, 41st and 42nd cases are a two-year-old girl, a 59-year-old man and 28-year-old man, respectively, in Phan Thiet City who were all reported to be in close contact with the 34th patient.
The 43rd case is a 47-year-old woman in Phan Thiet City who had close contact with the 38th patient – the 34th patient’s daughter-in-law.
The 44th case is a 13-year-old boy in Hàm Thuan Bac District who had close contact with the 37th patient – the 34th patient’s employee.
The 34th case of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday is a 51-year-old woman from Phan Thiet City. On Feb 22, she flew to New York and transited at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport.
She returned from Washington DC, transited at Qatar’s Doha International Airport on February 29 and landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City on March 2.
Three people in contact with her were also confirmed as positive for the virus on Wednesday.
Four of them are now being treated at Binh Thuan Province General Hospital.
Vo Ngoc Anh Thơ, deputy head of HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital’s Department of Tropical Diseases, who is in charge of these patients, said they were in stable conditions but still needed monitoring in the upcoming days.