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Vietnamese minister tests negative for coronavirus
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Vietnamese minister tests negative for coronavirus

The Saigon Times Daily

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung and all but one of the other members of the minister’s delegation to the United Kingdom have tested negative for the new coronavirus twice. They were traveling on the same flight as Vietnam’s Patient 17.

The minister and members of the delegation are under quarantine at home. Their health is stable and they have developed no symptoms of Covid-19, which is linked to the coronavirus, the Health Ministry noted in a statement on March 9, VnExpress reported.

Earlier, they boarded Vietnam Airlines Flight VN0054 from London to Hanoi on March 2 and sat in the business class cabin with N.H.N., who tested positive for the virus on March 6 and became the 17th Covid-19 case in Vietnam.

Minister Dung occupied seat 1A, while Patient 17 was in seat 5K.

Meanwhile, one member of the delegation, a 61-year-old man, was seated some five meters away from N.H.N. in the cabin. He was later confirmed as the 21st case.

The headquarters of the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Hanoi was disinfected on March 7.

Some State officials from other ministries and government agencies also travelled on this flight, according to the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control.

The national steering committee ordered the competent agencies to collect information on officials aboard the flight and those who came into contact with them.

As of March 9, Vietnam had reported 31 cases of coronavirus, with 16 of them having recovered and discharged from hospitals. Among the 15 new patients, 12 travelled on Flight VN0054.

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