Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after the first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days.
State media said on Tuesday that a 32-year-old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after visiting a flight attendant who is undergoing self-quarantine at her home after returning from Japan two weeks ago. Flight attendants tested positive on Saturday, that is Your three said the newspaper.
Health authorities ordered 137 people who had been in close contact with the man to stay at the central quarantine facility and closed the English language center where the man worked as a teacher, the newspaper said.
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The new case ends Vietnam’s 89-day streak with no known local transmission of the virus. Previously, it was 99 days without local transmission until a cluster of cases broke out at a hospital in Da Nang in central Vietnam in July.
Vietnam’s borders remain closed in a bid to prevent the virus. Only limited international flights operate to repatriate Vietnamese nationals and transport foreign diplomats and experts.
The country has reported 1,347 coronavirus cases, including 35 deaths. Nearly half of confirmed cases are imported, according to the Health Ministry.