HCMC – A local man in HCMC’s District 9, who illegally entered Vietnam from Myanmar with five others on December 24, tested positive for Covid-19, the Health Ministry confirmed on December 29.
The man, identified as Kha, is the fourth person in the six-member group to be infected with the disease.
The District 9 government found him early this morning at a wood workshop in Long Binh Ward after over 12 hours of contact tracing. Local health workers had immediately taken Kha and those who had close contact with him to a quarantine center to monitor and collect their samples for Covid-19 testing.
Overall, the four coronavirus patients confirmed by the ministry in this group included a 32-year-old man in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, a 23-year-old man in HCMC’s District 5, Kha and a woman in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.
The remaining two in the group, who are now in HCMC, have tested negative once.
Most of the cases who came into close contact with the six tested negative, including a driver who transported the group, while some others are awaiting their testing results.
Competent forces are stepping up contact tracing efforts to find those linked to the group.
To date, Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally has reached 1,454 cases, with 1,318 recoveries and 35 deaths.