Coronavirus – COVID-19 Vietnam Live Update 2020

18:00 13th March Update:

The 35th case had been confirmed.

17:00 12th March Update:

– 5 new cases relating to the 34th case in Binh Thuan.

– Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh closed for tourists

17:30 11th March Update:

– 36th, 37th, 38th confirmed. A house keeper, an employee & daughter in law of the 34th case

12:30 PM 11th March Update:

– 34th case confirmed. A business woman traveled to US, Korea

– 35th case confirmed. A staff at an electronic store who had history of contact with 22th & 23th case.

16:00 10th March Update:

– 33th case confirmed. A British citizen on the same flight with the 17th case, visiting Hoi An town.

12:00 pm 10th March Update:

– 32th case confirmed. The lady joined with the 17th case in London on 27/2. Came back Vietnam by private jet.

19:00 9th March Update:

– 31st case: a British citizen on the same flight with the 17th case.

19:00 8th March Update:

  • Update 19:25: a new case detected & quarantined in Hue. The lady on the same flight with others (VN0054 from UK to Vietnam on 2/3).
  • 8 new cases detected.
    They took the same flight with the 17th case (VN0054). There are 6 UK citizens, 1 Ireland & 1 from Mexico. 
    Currently 4 are quarantined in Quang Ninh, 2 in Lao Cai & 2 in Da Nang.
  • With these 8 new cases, total Vietnam has recorded 29 infected cases. 13 new cases in recent 2 days, 16 had been cured.

20:00 7th March Update:​

quarantined hospital
Quarantined hospital in Hanoi
  • The 21st case in Vietnam is confirmed. The man sat near Ms Nhung (17th case) on the flight VN0054 from UK to Vietnam. 50 people related to the man had been quarantined.
  • Hanoi is preparing 1000 quarantined beds & 24/24 virus testing to cope with current situation.
  • A woman gave birth in a quarantined base.

20:00 7th March Update:

  • Nothing to say, it’s…
  • 21:00 6th March, Hanoi authorities confirmed the first positive case. She had history of traveling to Italy, UK, French, came back Hanoi on 2nd of March.
  • 15:00 7th March, Ministry of Heath confirmed Vietnam 18th case. The person came back from Deagu, Korea and got quarantined  until tested positive. He/she was quarantined in Ninh Binh & independent from the positive case in Hanoi.
  • 17:30 7th March, Ministry of Health declared 2 new positive cases. One is the driver & the other is aunt of the Hanoi first case.
  • Hundreds have been quarantined, the number increases every hour.
  • From 7th, March, all travelers to Vietnam have to do medical declaration. 
  • Hai Phong City put a ban on Lan Ha Bay cruises, start from afternoon 7/3. The reason is some people related to Hanoi first case visit Lan Ha Bay on Peoney Cruise.
  • To be updating.

9:00 6th March Update:

  • 4 Chinese men who had sneaked in Vietnam to ”run away” from the virus & 2 related drivers had been quarantined in Thua Thien Hue military school.
  • 57 people related to an infected Japanese transited in Tan Son Nhat still be quarantined.
  • From 7th March, all travelers from the EU & Cambodia would have to fill medical form before checking in.
  • Still no new infected cases in Vietnam.
  • General Department of Tourism requires all cities, provinces to list out possible hotels to use as quarantine bases when needed.
  • Vietnam Prime Minister requested big cities to prepare if the virus spreads out in the city.
  • Cat Ba island refused to check in travelers from mainland China, Korea, Italy, Iran. Travelers had transit history through those countries should also consider their plan.

16:00 5th March Update:

  • One Japanese infected case had transit history through Tan Son Nhat airport in HCMC. 70 related people were put under quarantine.
  • A teacher came back from a trip to Italy had fever & breath difficulty had been quarantined. Early test showed Covid-19 negative.
  • HCMC considers parents’ opinion on compulsory mask wearing at school.
  • HCMC reported 491 Chinese people transmitted to a 3rd country before coming to Vietnam.
  • Old news:
    + Flight ban: Mainland China.
    + Compulsory quarantined flights: Korea, Iran, Italy.

16:00 4th March Update:

  • Son Loi village had been lifted the quarantine since 21:00 March 3.
  • 15.374 people are followed by Ministry of Health because of their traveling history.
  • High school, university students start coming back to school.
  • Government estimated that the tourism industry lost 7 billion dollar due to the virus outbreak.
  • HCMC captured a package containing 1 million of medical mask without proper papers.
  • HCMC & 8 other training under 5 levels of infection.

16:00 3rd March Update:

  • Son La Province decided to let students off school 2 more weeks.
  • Many Korean tourists in Da Nang extends visa to stay longer in Vietnam due to coronavirus condition in Korea.
  • Vietnam successfully created SARS-CoV-2 test kit. 
  • HCMC currently has 56 testing cases. 53 tested negative. 3 still under testing. 276 people are under quarantined.

17:00 1st March, 2020 Update:

  • All passengers on flights from Iran, Italy (besides Korea) would be quarantined for 14 days.
  • Flights from those 3 countries would be redirect to Phu Cat, Van Don & Can Tho airports.
  • HCMC considers take advantage of HCM National University’ dormitory with 40,000 beds for quarantined cases when necessary.

8:00 29 February, 2020 Update:

  • Vietnam Ministry of Health declared guidelines for medical declaration for travelers from Italy, Iran. 
  • V-League (Vietnam National Football League) will start without audiences.
  • HCM city quarantined a woman having fever after meeting with Korean travelers.
  • HCM city will convert from 1 to 2 other hospitals to quarantined bases if the virus spreads out in the city.
  • President of Hanoi said that the city is being in the most vulnerable period, the city will continue using standalone quarantined bases instead of quarantining people in the city.
  • Hoi An quarantined 2 people having history of visiting Deagu (Korea).
  • Kien Giang provinced quarantined 2 people came back from Deagu but lied in their medical declaration. (Better tell the truth, or you will go the hard way).
  • Old news:
    + Vietnam had 16 infected cases (Vinh Phuc 11 cases, HCM 3 cases, Khanh Hoa 1 case, Thanh Hoa 1 case), all cured.
    + 105 people are still under quarantined.
    + 6282 people are followed by the Health Ministry because of travel history.
    + Flight to Vietnam: Please check again 28 Feb morning update, still no new policy.

8:00 28 February, 2020 Update:

– All flights from mainland China to Vietnam had been postponed

– All flights from Korea would be quarantined for 14 days (starting from 21:00 Feb 26). 

– 18/20 Korean citizens refused to be quarantined in Da Nang had been sent back to Korea late at night Feb 25, all fees paid by the authorities. Those Korean came from two cities with many infected cases. 2/20 agreed to be quarantined.

– Flights from Taiwan continued as usual. Travelers has history of visiting China/Macao/HongKong/Taiwan & other infected cities within 14 days are encouraged to do medical declaration at custom or hotel. Travelers with fever/high body temperature might be kept for medical test.

– Cruises on Halong Bay operate as normal. Travelers from infected areas are encouraged to inform the cruise before coming to avoid any inconvenience.

    17:00 27 February 2020 Update:

    • There have been no new cases apart from the 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far since February 13. However, as per the government on February 25, all 16 of the patients have recovered and released after receiving treatment.
    • Vietnam’s Prime Minister has barred all travelers coming from areas that have experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. The policy includes travelers from South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran.
    • Authorities in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City quarantined 83 people who arrived on flights from South Korea’s Daegu city as a precaution.
    • Due to the increase in cases in South Korea, Vietnam has implemented mandatory health declarations at all international border gates for passengers arriving from South Korea.
    • The government has also urged local provincial authorities to quarantine travelers arriving from Daegu and North Gyeongsang province for 14 days.
    • Vietnamese expats in epidemic hit areas have been advised not to return to Vietnam at this time but follow guidelines and regulations by local authorities.
    • The authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have also proposed quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving from Japan and South Korea.
    • While there have been several flight cancellations to South Korea from Vietnam, the authorities have not suspended flights to and from South Korea for now. However, Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has suspended all flights to and from South Korea, while all flights between Daegu and Da Nang have been suspended.
    • All flights from infected areas in South Korea will be diverted to smaller airports such as Van Don in the northern Quang Ninh province, Phu Cat in the south-central Binh Dinh province and Can Tho in the Mekong Delta.
    • Vietnam’s civil aviation authority suspended all flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan on February 1. However, the authority lifted the ban for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan from February 2. Flights to and from mainland China (including transit) remain suspended.
    • The northern province of Cao Bang, which shares its border with China has run out of rooms for quarantining people for those returning from China. Authorities there have had to send patients to neighboring provinces of Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen for isolation. Around 700 Vietnamese that arrived from China between February 4 and 22 have been kept in isolation in Cao Bang.
    • Around 600 Vietnamese nationals from China are expected to arrive in Dak Lak province. As per standard procedures, they will be quarantined for 14 days as a precaution.
    • Vietnam has eased border restrictions with China to normalize trade. Local inputs indicate that the three main border crossings including Tan Thanh border gate in Lang Son province and Than Thuy border gate in Ha Giang province have resumed operations. However, other border crossings will remain closed until the end of February.
    • Around 2,500 workers of a Korean firm in Ha Nam province went on strike to protest against allowing Chinese staff to return to work.
    • Despite the epidemic, Russian tourists have continued to visit the tourist destination of Nha Trang with just a slight dip compared to last year in the same period.
    • The authorities of almost all provinces and cities have decided to further postpone the reopening of schools and universities until February 29. Authorities in Hanoi are yet to decide if they will reopen schools from February 24. Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have also submitted a proposal to keep schools closed until the end of March. However, education officials have asked local authorities to consider reopening schools from March 2.
    • Up to 300 businesses in Vietnam have temporarily suspended operations while others have downsized due to the outbreak.
    • The south-central province of Khanh Hoa, home to the tourist destination of Nha Trang is preparing measures to declare itself virus-free after no new cases were recorded in the past 30 days.
    • The novel coronavirus has been renamed as COVID-19 as per the World Health Organization (WHO). The Co and Vi come from coronavirus, with D meaning disease and 19 for 2019.
    • The authorities have put the commune of Son Lai under lockdown after six cases of the virus were found there. The commune comprises of several villages and is around 40 km north of the capital Hanoi. The quarantine of the commune is expected to last for 20 days.
    • Samsung has stated that its Galaxy phone factories in Vietnam are now operating at full capacity.
    • The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has announced a list of medical supplies including masks, dry hand sanitizers, filters, epidemic prevent suits, among others exempt from tax until the epidemic ends.
    • We are hearing accounts of travelers in more remote border crossings into Vietnam being denied entry if they possess any China visa history in their passport. While this may not be official policy, it appears to be implemented at certain border crossings in more remote areas. If travel into Vietnam is required we recommend using the main border entry-exit points.
    • Dezan Shira & Associates‘,Trent Davies, Manager of our Ho Chi Minh City office, spoke at an AmCham Vietnam event Impact of Novel Coronavirus on Your Health and Business in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During the event, Trent discussed the broad economic impact of the epidemic in Vietnam, especially in vulnerable industries such as education and tourism. A full summary can be found here.
    • Vietnam issued Decision No.173.QD-TTg declaring coronavirus as an epidemic – in line with the World Health Organization’s declaration of the virus as a global health emergency.
    • The government has ordered the health ministry to supervise and early detect infected cases, monitor border crossings, airports, and seaports, particularly for passengers coming from affected areas.
    • Vietnam stopped issuing visas for Chinese tourists on January 30 as a temporary measure. Foreign visitors who have visited mainland China (including transit) in the past 14 days from arrival will also be denied entry into Vietnam.
    • Passenger train services between Vietnam and China have been suspended until further notice, however freight train services between the two countries continue to operate.
    • On February 4, more than 200 passengers from China were denied entry at Ho Chi Minh City airport by border officials. The passengers were sent back on respective flights.
    • The labor ministry has also asked businesses to keep names and other information of Chinese and foreign workers who have visited virus affected areas. In addition, they must be quarantined for two weeks for health checks.
    • Vietnam’s airports have been ordered to deploy additional personnel and coordinate with local health agencies to deploy body temperature scanning equipment as well as a screening of passengers.
    • Building management of some apartment buildings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have begun body temperature checks for people entering the building. Ho Chi Minh City officials have asked building authorities to strengthen preventive measures at apartment buildings.
    • The government has also urged local authorities to limit festivities and gatherings related to the Lunar New Year Holiday.
    • Hanoi authorities have planned two field hospitals in case infections rise.

    Impact and Summary

    Vietnam has currently declared 16 cases of the coronavirus infection; however, we have concerns that more cases will arise. Chinese nationals and those arriving from South Korea will face additional checks and screening, particularly as they return after the Lunar New Year holiday. As mentioned earlier, all 16 of the patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals.

    The virus’s symptoms are respiratory and seem to start with a fever, cough, and shortness of breath gradually. However, in serious cases, it can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

    There is currently no vaccine, so patients are being treated for their symptoms. 

    Vietnam’s health ministry has further stated that the fatality rate of the virus is 2 percent as compared to the 9.6 percent of the SARS virus in 2002-2003.

    Recent developments indicate that some Chinese travelers may have already been infected but not realized it – the virus appears to have a non-symptomatic 7-14 day incubation period. Further border checks and other travel restrictions are possible given the rapidly evolving developments.

    Businesses operating in Vietnam need to prepare for an escalation of the coronavirus in Vietnam and be ready for measures taken by the authorities to get enforced with little or no notice. 

    We recommend businesses in Vietnam contact their staff to ascertain where they are and discuss any regional or national advisories concerning travel. Staff experiencing any cough or flu-like symptoms should not return to the office or factory.

    We are providing updates and advisories concerning ASEAN (as well as Vietnam) on this article here.

    To prepare for business measures in Vietnam, we recommend reading through this article herewhich contains advisory for businesses operating in China, but may also be required should an outbreak extend to affect businesses operating in Vietnam. We strongly advise precautionary measures begin to be taken.

    While travel to Vietnam can continue, we recommend taking precautions and following advice from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

    Basic precautions one can take to reduce their risk to the coronavirus as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) are:

    • Wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub;
    • Cover nose and mouth with tissues or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing;
    • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms;
    • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs; and
    • Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals

    We will continue to provide updates as they become available. 


    Source: CNN, WHO, SCMP, JHU, Tuoitre, Tienphong

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