The female patient, 62 years old of Thanh Hoa province, was among more than 340 Vietnamese citizens who boarded Vietnam Airlines flight VN0062 from Moscow to Quang Ninh province on May 13.
Upon arrival, she displayed no coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, a cough or shortness of breath, and was transferred to a military camp for quarantine in Hai Duong province’s Chi Linh district.
She tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on May 13 with the results coming back positive two days later. She was then taken to the General Hospital of Hai Duong province for medical surveillance and treatment.
Earlier on May 15, the Ministry of Health announced that 24 out of the passengers on board the flight VN0062 returning from Russia had contracted the virus.
According to regulations, all cases repatriated from overseas, especially epidemic-hit countries, are placed in quarantine for medical observation as soon as they land in Vietnam. Therefore, there is no possibility that they can spread the deadly virus among the community if acquired.
The newly detected case brought the total cumulative number of coronavirus infections in Vietnam to 314, of whom 174 people entered Vietnam from overseas.
Currently, 54 active cases are receiving treatment at health facilities, with more than 10 having tested negative once or twice.
More than 12,000 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or returned from coronavirus hit areas are being isolated at hospitals, concentrated quarantine camps and places of residence.
The British citizen, a Vietnam Airlines pilot dubbed as patient 91 in Vietnam, remains in critical condition. Health specialists say a lung transplant is the only solution to save him.
Dozens of Vietnamese people have registered to donate their lungs for the transplant. However, doctors say they will prioritise finding lungs from brain-dead patients.
The Ministry of Health also said on May 16 Vietnam has recorded no new locally transmitted infections for the past 30 consecutive days. The Prime Minister has assigned the ministry to consider announcing that Vietnam is free of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.