February 1st – On January 30th, local time, Vietnam said that it had detected the Variant coronavirus found in South Africa.
According to the Hanoi Times, Vietnam’s National Institute of Health and Epidemiology said that a 25-year-old expert from South Africa was detected to have the novel coronavirus.
The expert tested positive for COVID-19 on December 23, 2020, after departing from South Africa, transiting through Doha, Qatar, and entering Vietnam on December 19, 2020. The man is currently receiving treatment at the Hanoi Tropical Hospital.
Vietnam has rebounded from the epidemic since January 28. Local health experts believe that many new cases are related to variant viruses found in the UK.
Vietnam closed its airport in Quangning and sealed off the city of Zhilin, Haiyang province with a population of about 200,000, after the first cases of infection occurred in the northern provinces of Haiyang and Quangning.
On January 31, Vietnam reported 31 new cases of local infections, mostly in the north and one in Pingyang Province, which has many industrial parks in the south.
Vietnam’s deputy health minister said that Vietnam has prepared enough medical equipment to treat 10,000 cases of infection.