Four new cases confirmed, bringing country’s total to 324

A medical worker disinfects a quarantine centre in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Two cabin crew from Vietnam Airlines are among the latest patients to test positive for COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The pair were working onboard flight VN0062 from Moscow in Russia, bringing home Vietnamese citizens on May 13.

The two other new cases were passengers on flight VN001 from Washington DC in the US to Việt Nam on May 16.

All four new cases were quarantined right after entering the country.

Patient 321 is a 44-year-old Vietnamese man whose residence is in Phú Nhuận District in HCM City. He is an air steward of Vietnam Airlines.

Patient 322 is a 39-year-old Vietnamese man who lives in Phú Nhuận District in HCM City. He is also an air steward of Vietnam Airlines.

After entering Việt Nam via Vân Đồn Airport on May 13, the crew flew to Hà Nội on a plane without passengers. At 10am on May 15, the staff flew from Hà Nội to HCM City on flight VN7485 without any passengers.

The crew were then quarantined at a centre of Vietnam Airlines at No 115 Hồng Hà Street, Ward 2, Tân Bình District. Patient 321 and 322 stayed in the same room.

They tested negative for COVID-19 on May 14. On May 16, patient 321 had a high temperature and then tested positive one day later. Now he is under treatment at the Củ Chi Hospital.

After patient 321 tested positive for the virus, patient 322 was moved to a quarantine centre in Củ Chi District and then also tested positive for the virus on May 18. He is undergoing treatment at the Củ Chi Hospital.

Patient 323 is a 19-year-old woman who lives in Tân Bình District in HCM City. She is an overseas student from the US and went to Việt Nam on flight VN001 on May 16.

Patient 324 is an 18-year-old man who lives in Tân Bình District in HCM City. He is an overseas student from the US who arrived on May 16 on flight VN001.

After entering Việt Nam via Nội Bài International Airport, the two overseas students were quarantined in a centre in Thạch Thất District in Hà Nội. They tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on May 17 and are undergoing treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No 2. 

Hà Nội gifts 200,000 Vietnamese-made masks to French localities

Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung (right) presents a token representing gifts of medical supplies to the French ambassador in Việt Nam Nicolas Warnery at yesterday’s handover ceremony to help a number of France’s localities to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman of the Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung handed over 200,000 face masks to the Embassy of France in support of the European country’s fight against COVID-19.

Hà Nội’s municipal authorities gifted 150,000 face masks for the Ile-de-France region in north-central France, while the city’s Hoàn Kiếm and Đống Đa districts donated 20,000 and 30,000 face masks for Toulouse and Choisy-le-Roi cities, respectively.

The masks bear a CE marking, indicating they meet standards set for products sold within the EU.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chairman Chung underlined that strengthening international cooperation and unity is an important factor in curbing the spread and impact of the pandemic in each country and region.

French Ambassador to Việt Nam Nicholas Warnery expressed his gratitude for the support from Hà Nội authorities and people to their French counterparts, and voiced his belief that the two countries will triumph in the fight against the pandemic.