HCMC – The anti-Covid-19 steering committee of Ninh Thuan Province yesterday morning, July 4, convened an urgent meeting after the central coast province reported its first Covid-19 case by community transmission in the nation’s fourth coronavirus wave, which began on April 27.
The patient was identified as a 31-year-old local resident of Go Cu Hamlet, Ho Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, in the province, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.
He and two of his family members earlier went to HCMC to work as workers and temporarily reside in the city’s District 12. On July 1, they visited Xuyen A Hospital in the city to take a Covid-19 test and their results came out negative.
While they were en route from HCMC to their home town in Go Cu Hamlet the following day, they stopped by a petrol station in Dong Nai Province but do not remember the address and the name of the station. By the afternoon of the same day, they went to a local medical center to make a health declaration and were asked to self-quarantine at home.
On July 3, the Ninh Thuan Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted an aggregated Covid-19 test for these three, with the result coming out as positive. The CDC Ninh Thuan then conducted separate Covid-19 tests for them and found that the 31-year-old man was infected with the disease. The man was taken to the Ninh Thuan Provincial General Hospital for medical treatment, while his two family members were sent to a local concentrated quarantine center.
The local authorities discovered 17 people coming into close contact with the patient. The 17 were sent to a local quarantine facility and tested negative for the coronavirus once. Besides this, 142 others had indirect contact with the patient and were asked to self-quarantine at home, with their test results returning negative.
Health workers have disinfected local areas linked to the patient.