Of the fresh cases, one patient was infected after interacting with members of their local community, another was placed into isolation immediately upon entering the country, whilst the other three patients are thought to be related to Bach Mai General Hospital in Hanoi.
Case number 170 is a 27-year-old male patient who resides in Kim Son district of Ninh Binh province.
Case number 171 is a 19-year-old female patient who lives in District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City and is an international student who has been studying in the United States.
The country’s 172nd patient is a female Vietnamese national who is the daughter-in-law of patient number 133. At present she has displayed no signs of a cough, a fever, or shortness of breath despite testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Case number 173 is a female Vietnamese national who lives in Moscow, Russia.
The 174th patient is a female Vietnamese citizen working at the cafeteria in Bach Mai General Hospital. She is believed to have contracted the virus through her job which involves interacting with people throughout the day.
To date, the overall number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 174, of which 21 cases have made a full recovery and have been subsequently released from hospital.
The Ministry of Health has also announced that the government will start to impose travel restrictions starting from 00:00 hrs on March 28, along with other strict regulations in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.