KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — A 57-year old man from Da Nang, a tourist hotspot in Vietnam, is in critical condition after testing positive for Covid-19, marking the country’s first locally transmitted case in three months.
According to South China Morning Post, he had not left the city for a month.
Vietnam has been imposing strict quarantine measures and aggressive testing programmes, and no local transmissions had been reported for the past 100 days.
South China Morning Post reported that out of nearly 150 cases reported over the past months, all were detected in people who were quarantined upon arrival from abroad.
Fifty people that the patient came into contact with have been isolated, and 103 people connected to him have been tested for the virus. All returned negative results.
Vietnam was about to resume its international commercial flights, which had only allowed entrance of foreign experts and skilled workers who undergo mandatory quarantine. Its domestic tourism is also surging.
The Health Ministry said 11,800 are currently quarantined across the country, with 147 in hospitals.