Among the new cases, three have been kept in quarantine immediately upon entry so there is no risk of spreading the disease to the community, one had travelled to many locations such as Hanoi, Ha Giang, Hue and Hoi An before being found positive for SARS-COV-2 and the remaining two cases are staff members supplying hot water at Bach Mai General Hospital in Hanoi.
Cases 164, 165 are Vietnamese students in the UK. Case 166 is a Vietnamese national who has lived in Thailand and returned to Vietnam from abroad on March 20.
Case 167 is a Danish tourist who arrived in Hanoi on March 7. She had travelled to Ha Giang, Hue, Hoi An and stayed at different hotels during her trip. At the request of the Ministry of Health for passengers to have a COVID19-free certification, her sample was taken in Hanoi on March 24, with the result coming back positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Patients 168 and 169 are staff members supplying hot water at Hanoi-based Bach Mai General Hospital .The two cases were found positive for the virus after tests were conducted on nearly 5,000 medical workers, patients and patients’ caretakers.
After the discovery, the hospital has put infected patients and cases in close contact into isolation, and disinfected the cafeteria area.
As of 6:30 am on March 28, a total of 169 COVID-19 cases were found in Vietnam, of which 20 have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.