HCM City’s health authorities on Friday announced five community Omicron cases found during random screening.
|COVID-19 field hospital No.1 is the only hospital in HCM City that receives Omicron or suspected cases. — VNA/VNS Photo|
The five were confirmed by the HCM City Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in 72 samples taken from COVID-19-infected people in hospitals in the city between January 31 and February 2, 2022.
These include one person from the central province of Nghe An, one returning to HCM City from Dong Thap Province after the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, and three residents of HCM City.
All five were fully vaccinated against the virus.
Four are suffering from mild fever and sore throats, while one is asymptomatic, but all are in stable health conditions, the southern city’s health authorities noted.
Contact tracing has revealed 19 direct contacts and found three COVID-19 positive cases.
The HCM City Centre for Disease Control said the five community Omicron cases were from unknown sources of infection.
To date, the city has logged 125 Omicron cases, including 115 imported cases, and 10 in the community (the previous five local cases earlier in January 2022 were connected to a Vietnamese woman returning from overseas).
No one is in serious condition.
The remaining 197 Omicron cases were found in Quang Nam (27), Quang Ninh (20), Hanoi (14), Khanh Hoa (11), Da Nang (8), Hung Yen (6), Kien Giang (4), Thanh Hoa (2), Hai Duong (2), and one each in Hai Phong, Long An, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Lam Dong, and Ninh Binh provinces.
Source: Vietnam News
The highly contagious Omicron variant has spread to 11 cities and provinces nationwide, with Binh Duong reporting its first Omicron-infected case. In addition, HCMC has reported three more Omicron cases.
The Ba Muoi Thang Tu Hospital in HCMC today, January 19, reported three locally-infected Omicron cases, which are the first Omicron cases in the community in Vietnam.