COVID-19: HCM City looks for passengers onboard two flights hinh anh 1Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Centre for Disease Control (HCDC) is looking for passengers who were onboard two flights earlier this month following the detection of the first community infections of COVID-19 Omicron variant in the city.

On January 19, HCM City reported three Omicron infections linked to a Vietnamese woman who has entered the country since January 7, according to an urgent notice issued by the HCDC later the same day.

The woman, who had previously received three doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, had a negative PCR test three days before in the US but was later confirmed to be infected with the virus in Vietnam.

She arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa on the flight VN5409 from the Republic of Korea on January 7. She was quarantined in a separate room at a hotel in Nha Trang city. She was tested for COVID-19 again on January 9, and the results showed negative for the virus.

On January 10, she took a Vietnam Airlines flight (VN1345) to HCM City.

The HCDC is asking all passengers to come forward and contact with local medical stations for immediate consultation and testing, the notice said.

The centre is tracing contacts of and testing all those who had close contact with the Omicron cases.

So far, HCM City has reported 30 imported Omicron infections./.