Vietnam reports first novel coronavirus infection cases hinh anh 1A delegation of the Health Ministry examine the two nCov-infected patients at Cho Ray Hospital (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Two Chinese citizens have been quarantined at Ho Chi Minh  City-based Cho Ray Hospital after they tested positive to novel coronavirus (nCoV) that caused an acute pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan city, China.

These are the first cases of individuals infected with the virus ever Vietnam has confirmed since the disease spread from China’s Wuhan city last December.

Li Ding, 66, went to Hanoi from Wuhan on January 13, before going to Nha Trang city in central Khanh Hoa province, said Dr Nguyen Ngoc Sang of the Cho Ray Hospital’s Department of Tropical Diseases.

His son Li Zichao, 28, who has lived in the Mekong Delta province of Long An neighbouring HCM City for the past four months, went to visit him in Nha Trang. Both of them then traveled to HCM City and Long An, said Sang.

The father got fever on January 17, while the son had similar symptoms January 20. Both were admitted to the Cho Ray Hospital on January 22 night.

Their fever have subsided after receiving treatment and they are now able to consume food and drinks.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son who came to the Cho Ray Hospital to inspect the cases said as both patients have traveled through different places and met many other people in the country so there is a chance they could have spread the disease.

Son asked the Office of the Ministry of Health to inform the provinces where the patients had came and the border gates where they had went through. The ministry will send urgent documents to authorities of Da Nang and Cam Ranh airports, requesting them to tighten the control of Chinese tourists, he added.

A pneumonia outbreak, caused by a new strain of the coronavirus family that caused SARS and MERS, first surfaced in Wuhan city, China last December.

The disease has spread to many other countries and territories. China's National Health Commission has confirmed 541 infection cases and 17 deaths as of January 23.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that the new coronavirus could be contagious between humans.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has warned people to keep their distance from people with acute respiratory infections and wear a mask when talking to them. Equipment to monitor arriving passengers’ body temperature have been installed at airports in Hanoi, HCM City, Da Nang and Cam Ranh in central Vietnam./.