Vietnam Tests Two Chinese Citizens Positive of Coronavirus

Two Chinese residents in Vietnam have tested positive for coronavirus, Vietnam’s health ministry informed China Thursday, as the Southeast Asian nation halted flights to the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first identified.

China has stepped up measures to contain a virus that has killed 25 people and sickened more than 800, with public transport blocked in 10 cities, the shutting of temples, and the rapid construction of a hospital to deal with the infected.

“The ministry of health will proceed to monitor for suspected symptoms at airports in Nha Trang and Danang where many Chinese guests arrive,” deputy health minister Nguyen Truong Son mentioned in a ministry assertion.

The father and son pair had been hospitalized Wednesday after showing indicators of fever and are being treated at the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, the ministry stated.

The father had recently arrived in Vietnam from Wuhan and had traveled to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the southern metropolis of Nha Trang before being hospitalized.

Late Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) stated it had discontinued all flights between Wuhan and Vietnam and ordered domestic airports to increase screenings to detect possible fever-like symptoms in travelers.

Major tour operators in Vietnam stated that they had canceled all tours to the central Chinese metropolis.