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Haiphong looks for 25 foreigners in contact with 30th coronavirus case
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Haiphong looks for 25 foreigners in contact with 30th coronavirus case

The Saigon Times Daily

Eight foreign nationals on Vietnam Airlines Flight VN0054, with Vietnam’s 17th coronavirus patient, are placed under quarantine in Haiphong City on March 8 – PHOTO: TNO

HCMC – Authorities in the northern port city of Haiphong are searching for 25 foreign tourists and six crew members who were travelling on the same ship as Vietnam’s 30th coronavirus patient.

The municipal government said on Monday that 27 foreign tourists and 22 crew members had taken a trip to Lan Ha Bay on Cat Ba Island four days earlier.

Among them, a 66-year-old British woman who was on the same flight as Vietnam’s 17th coronavirus patient – a 27-year-old Vietnamese woman who returned to Hanoi from London on March 2 – was confirmed on late Sunday to have contracted the virus.

The tourist was the 30th Covid-19 patient in Vietnam. She travelled to the central city of Hue, where she was put under quarantine at the Hue Central Hospital on Saturday morning.

She is currently in stable condition with no fever, cough or breathing difficulties, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Sunday.

“A married British couple left Haiphong for Hue. The wife was found to have been infected with the disease in the city, so her husband was later quarantined,” a Haiphong leader told the news website VnExpress.

“We are tracking the itineraries of the remaining 25 tourists. Also, 16 of the 22 crew members have been taken to isolation facilities. We do not yet know where the remaining six people are,” added the leader.

The source noted that everyone aboard the ship was in close contact with the 30th coronavirus case and is subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

On March 2, Vietnam Airlines Flight VN0054, which had departed for Vietnam from the United Kingdom, was carrying a total of 201 passengers and 16 crew members.

Apart from the 17th patient confirmed on Friday night, health authorities have confirmed 13 new cases of infection, with nine foreigners and four Vietnamese citizens.

Patient 30 and her husband were in the same business class lounge as Patient 17. On arriving in Hanoi, they travelled to Haiphong and visited Cat Ba Island by boat on March 5.

A day later, the couple boarded Vietnam Airlines Flight VN1547 to Hue City. Local authorities have locked down and disinfected the hotel and restaurant where the tourists had stayed and dined.

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