Ha Nam province holds urgent meeting following new COVID-19 infection hinh anh 1A health worker of the National Cancer Hospital in Hanoi instructs a visitor in filling out an e-health declaration form (Photo: VNA)

Ha Nam (VNA) – The steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control of northern Ha Nam province held an urgent meeting on late April 7 after a local man had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 but authorities haven’t found out exactly where he contracted the coronavirus from.

This patient is a 64-year-old resident in Binh Nghia commune of Binh Luc district, who has been undergoing treatment at the Ha Nam General Hospital since March 20. He was confirmed as a COVID-19 case by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology on late April 7.

Director of the provincial Department of Health Le Quang Minh noted that the source of the infection hasn’t been identified.

The patient, who has many other diseases like hepatitis, cirrhosis, gout and pneumonia, is currently quarantined at the provincial General Hospital.

Shortly after the notification of this case, the local health sector has carried out an epidemiological survey of all patients, medical workers and visitors at the General Hospital and disinfected the entire facility. Medical workers and patients at the department where the COVID-19 patient has been receiving treatment have also been quarantined, Minh noted.

Ngo Khe 3 hamlet of Binh Nghia commune, Binh Luc district, where the COVID-19 patient resides, has been put in isolation.

Addressing the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Ha Nam provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Vuong stressed that this is a serious and complex case, so it is necessary to take drastic disease prevention and control measures.

As of April 8 morning, Vietnam had recorded 251 COVID-19 cases, 122 of them or 49 percent of the total have fully recovered./.