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Vietnam reports 31 new coronavirus suspects
  • | | February 26, 2020 07:53 PM
As of February 26, 31 more people have been categorised as suffering from suspected coronavirus infection due to symptoms such as fevers or coughing after arriving in Vietnam from outbreak areas.


Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long speaks at an online conference about the epidemic on February 25.

As of February 24, only one new suspected case was reported. However, this number increased by 30 the following day. Most of the suspected cases are from outbreak areas and have a fever or coughing symptoms. They are being monitored at quarantine locations or medical facilities.

In total, 5,675 people are being monitored for having close contact with suspected cases or arriving in Vietnam from outbreak areas. Two new suspected cases were reported in Hanoi on February 25. The capital is also monitoring 23 people from South Korea and 21 people from other outbreak areas.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said they would still have to face more challenges as the outbreak enters a new phase. Plans are currently being drawn up to monitor and quarantine South Korean tourists and Vietnamese returning from South Korea. Tightened management is being encouraged to avoid similar cases like in Vinh Phuc Province.

"All state agencies are working hard to prevent the outbreak. The public must stay calm and follow trust-worthy sources of information," he said.

Hanoi is preparing to reopen schools. The city hasn't reported any confirmed cases. 78 people were suspected and only one is still being monitored. The city has issued sanitation guidance to teachers, parents and pupils. The 5th disinfection will be carried out this weekend.

1,320 people have been tested for the virus in Vietnam. All 16 confirmed cases in Vietnam have been cured and no new cases have been reported since February 13.

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