One new imported COVID-19 case reported on Dec 19 hinh anh 1SARS-CoV-2 testing in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A 40-year-old Turkish woman became Vietnam’s only new COVID-19 case over the last 24 hours, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The new case brought the national tally of COVID-19 to 1,411, the committee reported.

The new patient arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport from Turkey on December 17 and was immediately put into quarantine in the capital city.

She tested positive for the novel coronavirus and sent to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No.2 for treatment on December 19.

On the same day, three more COVID-19 patients were given the all clear, raising the total recoveries to 1,269. The fatalities remain at 35.

Among patients still under treatment, ten have tested negative for the virus once, six twice and four thrice.

A total of 16,954 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined nationwide, with 209 at hospitals, 15,428 at State-designated facilities and 1,317 at home or their accommodations.

The Health Ministry has urged the people to strictly follow the 5K motto: Khau trang (Face masks) – Khu khuan (Disinfection) – Khoang cach (Keeping distance) - Khong tap trung dong nguoi (No gathering) – Khai bao y te (Health declaration) in order to prevent COVID-19 transmission./.