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Coronavirus outbreak: Vietnam confirms two more cases

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21:29 | 06/02/2020

Vietnam confirmed two more new cases of the novel coronavirus (nCoV)  on Thursday (Feb 6), bringing the total number of people infected in the country to 12, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.

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Health officials visit an nCoV-infected patient at the healthcare centre of Binh Xuyen district, Vinh Phuc province, on February 6 (Photo: VNA)

They are mother and younger sister of a 23-year-old female patient who had previously tested positive for the virus, residing in Son Loi commune, Binh Xuyen district, northern Vinh Phuc province.

According to MoH, the mother is a 49-year-old female farmer and her second daughter is a 16-year-old student. Both of them had close contact with the infected patient.

On February 4, local medical workers found that they showed symptoms of cough and tiredness. Both then were taken to the local medical station for quarantine and having samples tested.

The 23-year-old patient was one of eight people who returned from China’s Wuhan city on the same flight. Five of them were infected with the virus, while three others have been quarantined.

The eight Vietnamese people were sent to Wuhan for training by Nihon Plast Co Ltd of Japan and returned to Vietnam on China Southern Airlines fight CZ8315 on January 17.

Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing, once identified, they will also be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient.

The new coronavirus started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province but has since spread to more than 20 countries.

More than 28,000 people have been infected globally and at least 560 people have died, the vast majority in China. The World Health Organization has declared the virus outbreak a global emergency./.

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