According to the ministry’s report, the new patients including four women and five men aged between 27-35 returned from Japan, the Philippines and Cambodia on March 29 and 30. They were sent to quarantine areas for Covid-19 prevention upon arrival and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in their second testing on March 30. They are now being treated at hospitals in Ca Mau, Tay Ninh and Danang.
With these new infection cases, the number of Covid-19 patients in Vietnam has increased to 2,603, including 910 locally-transmitted cases reported since the new outbreak started in Hai Duong on January 28.
As of 6 pm on March 31, a total of 2,359 Covid-19 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospital. There have been 35 deaths, most of them being the elderly with serious underlying diseases.
At present, over 37,000 people who had close contact with Covid-19 patients or returned from virus-hit areas are being monitored at hospitals, quarantine facilities, and at home.