Vietnam records three imported COVID-19 cases on Oct. 31 hinh anh 1Vietnamese citizens returning home from abroad are taken to a concentrated quarantine establishment (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam recorded three imported COVID-19 cases on October 31 afternoon, raising the country’s total number of infections to 1,180, said the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Patient 1,178 is a 27-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap. She had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

She entered Vietnam from the UAE on flight QH9305 which arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa province on October 29. The patient has been quarantined and treated at Khanh Hoa General Hospital.

Patient 1,179 is a 21-year-old woman from Hanoi’s Thach That district and Patient 1,180 is a 24-year-old woman from Gia Lai province’s Chu Prong district.

Both patients entered Vietnam from Japan on flight VN5301 arriving at Da Nang International Airport on October 29. They have been quarantined and treated at Da Nang Lung Hospital.

Of the country’s infections, 691 are locally transmitted cases, including 551 cases linked with the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang since July 25.

Vietnam has gone through 59 consecutive days without new COVID-19 infections in the community.

Among the patients still under treatment, six have tested negative for the virus once, four twice and seven thrice. No patient is in critical condition at present.

A total of 1,063 COVID-19 patients had been successfully treated while 35 patients with serious underlying diseases had died.

There are currently 14,713 people who had close contact with confirmed cases or came from pandemic-hit regions are under quarantine across the country, including 174 people in hospitals, 13,208 in concentrated quarantine establishments and 1,339 at their homes.

As the COVID-19 pandemic can return at any time, the Ministry of Health recommended people to wear face masks in crowded places, wash hands with soap or hand sanitiser regularly, avoid large gatherings, keep distance from each other and make health declarations./.

VNA source