Vietnam province reports Covid-19 case tied to visitors from India

The government warned of possible new outbreaks tied to visitors from abroad.
The government warned of possible new outbreaks tied to visitors from abroad.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

YEN BAI, VIETNAM (BLOOMBERG) - A hotel worker in the northern province of Yen Bai tested positive for Covid-19 after contact with 11 quarantined visitors from India, the provincial department of health said in a website statement.

The worker was the first reported domestic virus case since March 25 as the government warned of possible new outbreaks tied to visitors from abroad.

Four of the Indian visitors were confirmed to be infected with the virus, the local government reported. Provincial officials on Monday (April 26) tested nine locals who had close contact with the group. Eight tested negative.

Vietnam’s health ministry ordered a makeshift hospital set up in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho amid concerns of the virus spreading to Vietnam from Cambodia, according to the ministry’s website.

Vietnam’s health ministry is sending 15,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to eight Mekong Delta provinces and urging government agencies to intensify the monitoring of travel during the nation’s four-day holiday weekend, according to a separate posting.