Vietnam’s Ministry of Health just announced nine new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday afternoon (March 08, 2020).
All nine new cases are foreigners, who were on the same flight from London to Hanoi with the 17th case, 26-year-old Nguyen Hong Nhung, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus Friday after traveling to the three European countries last month.
Of the nine, seven are British, one Irish and one Mexican, aged between 58 and 74.
According to the Tuoi Tre Newspaper, they are now in Quang Ninh province (04 cases), Lao Cai Province (02 cases) and Da Nang (02 cases).
The latest confirmed coronavirus case (30th case), a 66-year-old British woman, has been quarantined in the central town of Hue since Saturday.
Vietnam has recorded 14 new infections since Friday. The patients include Nhung (17th patient), a 27-year-old man returning to Vietnam from South Korea’s Daegu City (18th), the personal chauffeur and an aunt of Nhung (19th and 20th) and a 61-year-old man who was on the same flight as Nhung (21st patient) and 9 foreigners bringing its total to 30.Local media reported.
The 18th patient hails from northern Thai Binh Province and has been quarantined in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam. The four remaining patients are all Hanoi residents.
Before Nhung tested positive, all 16 persons confirmed with coronavirus infections in Vietnam had been discharged from hospitals and the nation had recorded no new infection for 22 consecutive days.
The Covid-19 outbreak has thus far spread to 103 countries and territories around the world, with the death toll climbing to 3,649.
Updates: The latest confirmed coronavirus case, a 66-year-old British woman in the central town of Hue.