Vietnam recorded five further fresh cases of COVID-19, all imported, taking the national count to 1,063, the Ministry of Health reported on September 13.
The newly-detected patients entered Cam Ranh Airport in Nha Trang City from Russia on flight VN5062 on September 10 and were immediately quarantined after their entry into the country.
The Nha Trang Pasteur Institute said on September 13 that their test results were positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Currently, the patients are put into isolation to undergo treatment at a general hospital in Phu Yen province.
With the new infections, the nation’s total COVID-19 cases rose to 1,063, of which 691 are locally transmitted cases, and 372 cases are imported and placed into isolation immediately upon arrival.
The same day, an additional eight COVID-19 patients were given the all-clear after testing negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bring the overall number of people who have now beaten the virus to 918.
The total figure for cases related to the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang since the resurgence of the virus in late July remains at 551.
There are 36,290 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are being quarantined nationwide, including 504 at hospitals, and the remainder at concentrated quarantine establishments and at home.
Among the active patients in treatment, 16 tested negative for coronavirus SAR-CoV-2 once, 17 twice and 21 three times.
The country has so far registered 35 fatalities relating to COVID-19, mostly of them were elderly people with serious underlying diseases.
Meanwhile, the HCM City Center for Disease Control (CDC) on September 13 reported that the city has recorded no more COVID-19 patients within the community for 42 days in a row.
According to the CDC in the southern metropolis, as many as 77 local coronavirus patients have been fully recovered from the disease, while 18 people are in the health monitoring period after discharge and 54 ended the medical observation period.
There are currently 863 people in quarantine at concentrated isolation sites, and 238 people put into isolation at home or places of residence.
Elsewhere, the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has sent an urgent document to the Ministry of Transport asking it to remove seat spacing on flights departing from central Da Nang city as from 14:00 September 13.
Vietnam recorded no new COVID-19 cases on September 2 morning, marking the fourth consecutive day without infections in the community.