Vietnam has recorded eight new cases on Thursday morning, all are patients under treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
The hospital is being locked down for two weeks starting on Wednesday until May 19 after a doctor tested positive for coronavirus.
Hanoi Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh said Wednesday afternoon that the city has locked down the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District to curb the spread of the disease and protect its medical workers, reported the VNExpress.
The decision was taken a day after a male doctor at the hospital tested positive for the coronavirus during an overseas trip. His close contacts are being traced in Dong Anh, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Tay Ho and Hoang Mai districts. His residence in Ba Dinh’s Ngoc Khanh Ward has been locked down as well.
The lockdown means that the hospital has stopped receiving patients starting Wednesday.
The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases has been responsible for handling all Covid-19 cases in the north ever since the nation’s first outbreak early last year. Nearly 1,000 patients have been treated in the hospital since.
Yesterday, fourteen new cases were also recorded at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases. The source of this contagion has not been identified, according to VNExpress.
Nine of them are patients who were being treated at the hospital for other diseases. The rest are four family members of these patients and one medical staff.
Vietnam has extended its quarantine policy from 14 to 21 days for both foreign arrivals and those who come into contact with Covid-19 patients.
The national tally is now at 3,030, with 2,560 recoveries. Over 585,300 people have been vaccinated in 48 localities.