Vietnam Suspends International Flights After New Locally Transmitted Covid Cases

Following the first locally transmitted case of Covid-19 in 89 days, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the suspension of all commercial international flights.

State media reported that a 32 year old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the virus after visiting a flight attendant who was self-quarantine. The flight attendant, who had returned from Japan, tested positive on Saturday 28th November.

Health authorities have ordered 513 people who had been in close contact with the man to stay in a central quarantine facility. They have also ordered an English centre, where the man worked as a teacher, to close as a precaution. It is believed that a one-year old boy and a 28 year old female student have also tested positive after coming into contact with the teacher.

A total of 737 other people have been tested for Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City since 1st December, and all have been negative.

International flights, mostly for business and diplomatic purposes, were recently restarted in Vietnam. These have now been suspended although repatriation flights will continue.

It is the second time that a long period without local transmission has ended. An outbreak in Da Nang during July ended a 99 period without cases.

Vietnam has so far recorded 1,347 cases of Covid-19, 4 in the last 24 hours, and 35 deaths. Around half of all cases in Vietnam have been put down as “imported” rather than through local transmission.

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