Ba Ria-Vung Tau detects five Covid-19 cases after Indonesian sailor dies
The Saigon Times
|Health care workers in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province take samples from residents for Covid-19 testing. Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province detected five positive Covid-19 cases, but there is no risk of community transmission – PHOTO: NLDO|
HCMC – After a sailor onboard an Indonesian cargo ship sailing in the waters off Vietnam’s coast died, the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Center for Disease Control took samples from 20 other sailors onboard for Covid-19 testing and detected five positive cases.
The provincial center said on February 24 that it has now taken samples from the five sailors for a second test and sent them to the HCMC-based Pasteur Institute.
If the second test results come back positive, the ship will have to return to Indonesia.
After the death of the sailor, the Ocean Amazing ship departing from Indonesia stopped in the Vietnamese waters on February 20 to bring his body into the mainland and conduct procedures to take him home. The cause of death remains unknown.
The body of the sailor remains on the ship, along with the other sailors, and there is no risk of community transmission, the local media reported.