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31st COVID-19 infection confirmed in Vietnam

22:35 | 09/03/2020

The latest patient is a 49-year-old British man who confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus after onboard the same flight with Hanoi’s first infected cases last Friday, raising the total nCOV-hit number of the country to 31, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.  

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The 31st COVID-19 infection in Vietnam confirmed to have contracted the novel virus after onboard the same flight with Vietnam's 17th infection (Photo: Shutterstock)

The British national is being treated at Bac Quang Nam hospital in the central province of Quang Nam, his conditions remain stable as of March 9 afternoon.

The man is the latest case confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 after being in the same plane with Nguyen Hong Nhung, who tested positive Friday. Nhung is Hanoi's first coronavirus patient and Vietnam's 17th case after the country going 22 days with no new infection.

Nine other foreigners out of 21 passengers who fly to Hanoi from London on Vietnam Airlines flight VN0054, in the business class were also tested positive on Sunday. Of the nine, seven are British, one Irish and one Mexican, aged between 58 and 74. All have been quarantined, director Duong Tri Thanh said Saturday.

On Sunday, it was confirmed that a 61-year-old Hanoian on the same flight as Nguyen Hong Nhung had contracted the novel coronavirus. The man lives in the same neighborhood as Nhung in Ba Dinh District.

City authorities have been working with Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to collect information about 217 passengers and crew members on the flight.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man returning to Vietnam from South Korea’s Daegu City became the 18th while Nhung’s personal chauffeur and her aunt were the 19th and 20th cases.

The COVID-19 outbreak has thus far spread to 104 countries and territories around the world, with the death toll climbing to 3,806.

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