HCMC – After having close contact with the 1,440th Covid-19 patient, a man residing in the Su Van Hanh apartment building in HCMC’s District 5 tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to 72 apartments there being put under lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease.
The 23-year-old man had spent three months in Myanmar with the 1,440th patient. They left Myanmar for Thailand on December 15 and then moved to Cambodia on December 23, before illegally entering Vietnam the following day.
He had his samples collected for Covid-19 testing on December 27 at a District 5 quarantine center. As of 5 p.m. in the day, the HCMC Center for Disease Control announced that he tested positive for the virus once.
The man was taken to Cu Chi Field Hospital for medical treatment, developing symptoms such as a cough and a stuffy nose.
Due to this suspected Covid-19 case, local authorities on the night of December 27 sprayed disinfectant on the apartment blocks and put them under lockdown. Residents in the blocks were told to refrain from going out.
The management board of the residential building said that the lockdown would remain in place for at least two more days to monitor further developments.