Outbreak due to man violating quarantine rules


More details have emerged about the latest Covid-19 case in Ho Chi Minh City, the first community infection in the country after three months.

The Health Ministry said the case was caused when a flight attendant from Vietnam Airlines who had tested positive for the virus “lowered his guard” and met with friends and family when he should have been self-isolating.

As a result, one of his friends, a 32-year-old teacher from Ward 3 in District 6, contracted Covid-19.

The authorities say almost 200 people have either had close contact with the new patient or secondary contact.

He also visited a cafe and karaoke bar in the past few days.

The health ministry said the flight attendant tested positive after staying at a quarantine site of the national flag carrier in Tan Bình district of Ho Chi Minh City from Nov 14 to 18.

After testing negative twice, he was allowed to undergo self-quarantine at his boarding house in Tan Binh district.

During this period, the patient had close contact with his mother and two friends. The male friend was living in the same property.

The attendant then had a third test on Nov 28 which came back positive. His mother and friends were also tested.

Nguyen Tri Dong, director of the city’s Centre for Disease Control, said the attendant lowered his guard against the pandemic and did not abide by quarantine regulations, both at the concentrated facility and at home, causing disease transmission.

He said measures had been put in place to tighten the implementation of quarantine regulations. — Vietnam News/ANN

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