On January 30, 2020, the first two patients with COVID-19 in Vietnam were diagnosed. They were a male from Wuhan and his son, who was living in Long An and whom the father was visiting. Both father and son were tested positive and treated in a hospital. Although the number of infections was contained after that, travel activities have again led to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. Patient 17, who returned from Europe, as well as patient 34, who returned from Washington via Qatar, were in contact with several citizens in Vietnam before the infection was determined, which started a chain of infections.
Measures against COVID-19 in Vietnam
Beginning April 1, 2020, Vietnam went into 15 days of nationwide social distancing and self-isolation after the latest directive signed by the Prime Minister. Until now, there have been three major outbreaks happening across the country, leading to several lockdowns in some regions. Vietnam was one of the first countries to close its border and suspended international commercial flights in March 2020. Almost all visitors coming to Vietnam currently need pre-approvals from the Vietnamese embassy and have to go through centralized quarantine for 14 days. The country also started its vaccination campaign in March 2021, with the front-line health care workers being the first group to be vaccinated. Additionally, Vietnam has also been developing its own vaccines, which are expected to be in use at the end of 2021.