Dr. Vu Minh Dien, head of the Quality Control Department under the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, stated that 219 Vietnamese workers returning from Equatorial Guinea had been placed into quarantined at the hospital upon their arrival on July 29.
Initial reports detailed how approximately half of the arrivals were confirmed to have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, upon arrival at the hospital, doctors subsequently conducted tests on them by using a standardised testing method known as Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction, with only 22 patients testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Dr. Dien said that 183 out of the 219 workers are now able to be discharged after completing their 14-day mandatory quarantine period and having their test samples come back negative for SARs-CoV-2 at least three times.
After receiving their discharge from hospital, each of the workers will be placed under strict medical surveillance by the local Center for Disease Control in an effort to ensure there is no possibility of the virus recurring or being transmitted among the wider community.