One imported case of COVID-19 reported, total at 313 hinh anh 1Vietnamese citizens receive personal protective equipment from the Vietnamese Embassy before boarding. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnam reported one new imported COVID-19 case on May 15 afternoon, raising the tally of infections to 313, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
The 313rd patient is a 28-year-old Vietnamese man residing in Yen Thanh district, central Nghe An province, who returned to Vietnam from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on May 3 on Flight VN0088, seat 51K. 

Right after arriving at Can Tho International Airport, he was quarantined at a student dormitory in Bac Lieu province and then transferred to the provincial general hospital for treatment after testing positive for the virus on May 13. 

Earlier, on May 7, 17 other passengers of the flight were confirmed infected with COVID-19. The Ministry of Health sent a task force to Bac Lieu province to help local doctors take care of the patients. 

As of May 15, Vietnam reported 173 imported cases which were quarantined upon arrival. Of the 24 infections reported on May 15 morning, 23 are currently in stable condition and one has started developing pneumonia. 

More than 12,000 people are in quarantine at concentrated quarantine camps, medical facilities or at home. 

Vietnam has gone 29 days without community transmission. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the Government, ministries and State agencies to come up with a new, long-term strategy which is both effective in terms of public health and sustainable for the economy./.