VOV.VN - Vietnam has confirmed the discovery of its 16th case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, according to the Ministry of Health.
The latest case is a 50-year old male from Son Loi commune in Binh Xuyen district of the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
The man is also the father of a patient who had been one of the eight Covid -19 infected people returning from Wuhan following their participation in a training course.
It is thought that the case was transmitted person-to-person due to the man staying in the same home with the COVID-19 infected patient until she was admitted to hospital to be put into isolation.
The daughter was later cured at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases and was finally discharged on February 10.
In addition, the original patient’s mother and younger sister have also been identified as having the COVID-19 and are currently being treated at a medical facility as a result.
Due to the family’s proximity to a sufferer of the virus, the Vinh Phuc Disease Control Center therefore placed the father on the list of people the patient had come into close contact with, whilst moving to put him into isolation for daily health monitoring.
During the follow-up, the patient showed no signs of fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. The situation changed however on February 11 as the patient felt fatigued and therefore, his samples were sent to the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology for testing.
At present, the male patient is being isolated at Quang Ha General Clinic in Binh Xuyen district of Vinh Phuc province where he remains in a stable condition.
To date, the nation has had 16 people infected with the COVID-19 disease, of which seven have gone on to make a successful recovery. Of the total figure, Vinh Phuc province has had 11 cases of COVID-19 infection.
In areas where infected cases have been detected, local authorities have moved to conduct close monitoring and supervision of people who had previously come into close contact with the infected patients. A number of suspected people have been put into isolation whilst their samples have been sent for testing.