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Dead Japanese man tests positive for coronavirus in Hanoi

February 15, 2021 | 08:08

A Japanese man who died at Somerset West Point building in Hanoi's Tay Ho District tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Somerset West Point Hotel in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district. Photo: baotintuc.vn

A Japanese man who died at Somerset West Point building in Hanoi's Tay Ho District tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Hanoi Centre for Disease Control said although the cause of his death has yet to be confirmed, his swab sample showed he contracted the coronavirus.

Local authorities have quarantined139 hotel employees and guests and sterilised the area surrounding the building.

The 54-year-old was staying on the ninth floor of the Somerset West Point Hotel in Tay Ho.

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Local authorities have quarantined139 hotel employees and guests and sterilised the area surrounding the building. Photo: VGP

He entered Vietnam on January 17 and was quarantined at HCM City’s Tan Binh District. During the quarantine period, he tested negative for the virus twice, on January 17 and 31.

He later took a flight to Hanoi and underwent self-quarantine at Somerset West Point since 2 p.m, Feb. 1. Twelve guests stayed on the ninth floor of the building.

The Japanese Embassy in Vietnam has transferred the man's body to the funeral home of the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital.

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The Hanoi’s Centre for Disease Control is looking for those who had come into contact with the Japanese man. Photo: MoH

The Hanoi’s Centre for Disease Control is looking for those who had come into contact with the Japanese man, or visited places he had been to at the same time:

-IBIS Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, the night of January 31.

-Flight VN254 from HCMC to Hanoi, from 11 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on February 1.

-Somerset West Point serviced apartments, No. 2 Tay Ho Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, February 1 to 13.

-Red Sun River Building (P903 and Tokyo Red Grill Restaurant on the second floor), No. 23 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 12-1 p.m. on February 2.

-Hachi Ju Hachi Restaurant, No. 168 Xuan Dieu Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, 6-8 p.m. on February 3.

-Raffles Medical Clinic, No. 51 Xuan Dieu Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, in the mornings of February 4 and 8.

-Torikichi Restaurant, No. 75 Kim Ma Thuong Street, Linh Lang Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, 7-9 p.m. on February 5.

People who visited these places in the aforementioned time are advised to contact local health authority, or call 0969082115; 0949396115./.

Vietnam reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on February 14 evening, including 31 infections in the northern province of Hai Duong and two others in the capital city of Hanoi.

The new cases brought the total number of infections in Vietnam to 2,228, including 1,330 domestically-transmitted cases, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The treatment subcommittee said three more patients have been given the all-clear from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,534, while the number of deaths related to the disease remained at 35.

Among the active patients, 39 tested negative for the virus once, 12 twice and nine others thrice.

As many as 152,690 people who had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are currently quarantined nationwide.

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