HCMC Centre for Disease Control is coordinating with relevant agencies to verify the identities and addresses of five passengers travelling with the Japanese passenger, who was found to have been infected with coronavirus, on flight VN814 on March 3.
Passengers at Tan Son Nhat airport
Flight VN814 carried 67 passengers and six cabin crew from Seem Reap, Cambodia, to the city-based Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Sixty-one passengers had connecting flights that night to London (the United Kingdom), Narita and Nagoya (Japan), Busan (the Republic of Korea) and Manila (the Philippines). Six passengers checked into Vietnam including one Vietnamese, three French, one Australian and one Filipino. The Filipino then flew home on March 4.
The Japanese passenger boarded a connecting flight, VN340, to Nagoya, Japan, on early March 4 and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after arriving in Japan with a fever.
All the crew from flight 340 returned to Vietnam on flight VN341, which landed at Tan Son Nhat airport on March 4 afternoon. Accordingly, passengers entering Vietnam and all crew have been put into quarantine.
The aircraft used for flight VN341 was also disinfected.
After getting information on the case, the national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control sent a dispatch to the Ministry of Public Security and the HOCM City People’s Committee on locating their whereabouts of those who had contact and boarded the same flight with the Japanese passenger.
COVID-19: Passengers, crew quarantined after contact with Japanese patient
All passengers, crewmembers and staff, who had contact with a Japanese passenger tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Vietnam Airlines’ VN340 flight, have been put into quarantine, the Health Ministry reported on March 4.
Earlier on March 3, the Japanese passenger boarded the Vietnam Airlines’ flight VN814 with 72 others from Cambodia’s Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, then took a transit flight VN340 to Japan’s Nagoya city.
After landing in Japan, the Japanese passenger showed the symptom of fever and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
All crewmembers on VN340 flight returned to Vietnam on flight VN341, which landed at Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat airport at 1:55pm on March 4. The flight carried 73 passengers and 12 crewmembers.
Accordingly, 51 passengers entering Vietnam and all crewmembers have been put into quarantine. The 22 others were also quarantined and are making procedures for transit flights.
The aircraft used for VN341 flight was also disinfected.
At Tan Son Nhat airport, two security staff and six service staff at business lounge, class C were also quarantined due to having close contact with the Japanese passenger.
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