A foreigner dies in Vietnam tested positive for Covid-19

, A foreigner dies in Vietnam tested positive for Covid-19

A Japanese man who died at Somerset West Point building in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District tested positive for the novel coronavirus, city health authority said Sunday afternoon.

Authorities have put 139 hotel employees and guests under quarantine after finding out the deceased man had tested positive for the virus.

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The man, born in 1967 and entering Vietnam on January 17, stayed on the ninth floor at the serviced apartment building and died at around 7 p.m on Saturday.

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He had previously undergone centralized quarantine in Ward 2, Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh District.

During the quarantine, he tested negative for the virus twice, on Jan. 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.

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The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed.

Tay Ho District’s medical authority has been investigating his travel history. Areas in and around the hotel were disinfected.

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The swab sample of the man, which was sent to Hanoi’s Center for Disease Control, showed he contracted the coronavirus.

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

As of Sunday afternoon, Vietnam has recorded 2,228 Covid-19 cases with 35 deaths.

By Le Nga @ VNExpress.

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