Ho Chi Minh CityThe results of viral gene sequencing of 5 people who entered the country confirmed infection with the Omicron variant, but all now tested negative.
The information was announced by the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) at noon on January 1. The results of this 5-person virus gene sequencing were performed by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City on December 31, 2021.
Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has reported to the Ministry of Health, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, about these 5 cases. They entered the country from December 21 to 25, including one Turkish national and four Vietnamese nationals, who tested positive for Covid-19. HCDC cooperated with the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City on December 26 to take samples for viral gene sequencing; On December 31, there were results of identification of the Omicron strain (BL1.529).
While waiting for viral gene sequencing, these 5 cases were asymptomatic, isolated, monitored and treated at a hotel like a normal infection, about a week later they tested negative one after another.
The case of Turkish nationality is female, born in 1993, career as a flight attendant. On December 21, this person entered through Tan Son Nhat airport on flight TK162, isolated at a hotel. On December 22, the RT-PCR test result was positive, no symptoms, continued isolation and health monitoring at the hotel. On December 30, the patient tested negative and returned home on December 31.
Among four Vietnamese patients, a young man born in 2000 received two injections of Pfizer vaccine. On December 21, he entered Tan Son Nhat airport from the US on flight VN99, isolated at a hotel with a relative. On December 22, RT-PCR test result was positive, no symptoms, continued isolation at the hotel. Relatives of this patient were transferred to isolation in another room. On December 28, the patient tested negative and is still being monitored at the hotel.
The third case was on flight VN99 from the US on December 21, female, born in 1993, isolated in the same room with her husband at the hotel. On December 22, the RT-PCR test was positive, the patient also had no clinical symptoms, continued to isolate and monitor his health at the hotel. On December 28, the patient tested negative and is still being monitored at the hotel. The husband tested twice on December 22 and December 28, the results were negative.
The fourth case is a male, born in 1973, on December 23 from the US transited Japan, entered through Tan Son Nhat airport on flight JL759, isolated in the same room with his son at the hotel. On December 23, the RT-PCR test was positive, the history of this case was a fever on December 20, the next day, I felt chills, a lot of fatigue, no fever, and self-medicated. When entering Ho Chi Minh City, the patient had no symptoms above, was isolated at a hotel, and monitored his health. On December 29, the patient tested negative and continued to monitor his health at his residence in District 10. His son tested negative on December 23 and December 29.
The fifth case is a female, born in 1975, a medical worker. On December 25, this person from South Sudan entered Tan Son Nhat airport on flight QR970. On December 26, the RT-PCR test was positive, this person continued to be isolated at Military Hospital 175, had negative test results.
305 passengers traveling on flights with Omicron cases are all isolated, currently testing negative. HCDC continues to monitor and monitor patients’ health, collect RT-PCR samples before completing treatment isolation. The Department of Health also informed hotels with passengers traveling on the same flight as the Omicron case that was being isolated, and monitored the health of passengers sitting in front and behind two rows of seats with the patient.
The Tan Binh District Medical Center coordinated with hotels to review and isolate all 256 staff and passengers at the hotel, taking samples for testing as soon as symptoms appeared.
From January 1, Ho Chi Minh City’s health sector coordinated with the immigration management agency at Tan Son Nhat airport to take quick test samples of all entry cases. It is expected that today, the medical force will sample more than 250 people.
All systems of the city are being activated to monitor the epidemic at a high level, in order to promptly detect the new strain Omicron. The city closely monitors the group of foreigners entering, RT-PCR test if the result is positive, then decode the virus gene. The 12 field hospital in Thu Duc City has been prepared to receive, treat, collect and isolate suspected and confirmed cases of Omicron infection.
The patient is a super infectious source, has a short incubation period, has epidemiological factors in contact with foreigners, F0 becomes severe and dies very quickly… the virus gene will be decoded to see if it is infected with Omicron or not. In the community, the area with unusual signs – with a high number of F0 cases and deaths, changed from rapid test to RT-PCR test and gene sequencing of positive cases.
Thus, up to now, Vietnam has recorded 20 cases of Omicron infection, all of whom are imported. The previous 15 cases, including the first case announced on December 28, were a person who returned from the UK on December 19, was isolated at 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi; Another 14 people took 3 flights from Korea and one flight from the US to Quang Nam.