Vietnam reports first coronavirus cases in three weeks, total now 18

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  • Saturday, 07 Mar 2020

People wearing face masks queuing up to buy a stockpile of groceries at a supermarket, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, in Hanoi on Saturday (March 7). Vietnam reported its 18th confirmed case of the Covid-19, as the number of cases topped 100,000 worldwide. - AFP

HANOI: Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Saturday (March 7) confirmed another coronavirus case, raising the total number in the South-East Asian country to 18.

The 27-year-old patient, who had been to the South Korean city of Daegu, returned to Vietnam on a Vietjet flight on Wednesday and was quarantined upon his landing, the ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Vietnam also reported its first new coronavirus case in three weeks but the risk of infections spreading remains very high, Hanoi city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said.

Nguyen Hong Nhung, a 26-year-old woman, was admitted to a hospital in the Vietnamese capital on Thursday suffering from fever, Chung told a news conference. Nhung had returned on Monday from a trip to Europe during which she visited London, Milan and Paris, according to Chung.

"The risk of the virus spreading is very high, and we need to stay vigilant but not to panic," Chung said.

Nhung arrived in London on Feb. 16, flew on to Milan on Feb. 18 before returning to London on Feb. 20, according to a Hanoi Department of Health statement. Milan is in Italy's north, the heart of Europe's worst coronavirus outbreak.

On Feb 25, Nhung went to Paris and returned to London the following day, the statement said. She flew back to Vietnam on a Vietnam Airlines flight early on Monday.

Vietnam, dubbed as the rising star of South-East Asian, has reported that 16 patients have been cured and released from hospitals. There have been no deaths.

More than 100,000 cases have been reported in over 90 countries worldwide, with more than 3,400 deaths, wreaking serious economic damage globally. - Reuters

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