Health Ministry holds urgent meeting after domestic COVID-19 case found

(VOVWORLD) - The Ministry of Health on Monday night convened an urgent meeting to direct swift implementation of epidemic prevention measures after a man in the southern metropolis was confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus from an imported case.
Health Ministry holds urgent meeting after domestic COVID-19 case found - ảnh 1Vietnamese citizens prepare to return to Vietnam. (VNA)

According to the meeting, the new patient numbered 1347, is directly tied with patient 1342 who is a flight attendant and had been confirmed to get the virus on Sunday.

After testing negative for coronavirus twice, patient 1342 was allowed to undergo self-isolation at a boarding house in HCM City’s Tan Binh district. His third test result came back positive for the virus on Saturday.

The three people coming into close contact with patient 1342 were immediately placed in isolation and tested. Among them, the male friend became patient 1347 after being confirmed positive. Initial investigation results show that there are 38 people having close contact with patient 1347, and 154 others having direct contact with them.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long urged all medical establishments in HCM City to heighten their vigilance, intensify screening measures for people with suspected symptoms, and rigorously carry out anti-COVID-19 measures. The new domestic transmission and three imported cases have raised the national infection tally to 1,347.