March 18, 2020 / 4:07 AM / 11 days ago

Vietnam reports new case of coronavirus linked to Malaysia mosque event

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has confirmed an additional case of coronavirus linked to a mosque event in Malaysia, its health ministry said on Wednesday, bringing its total number of cases to 67.

The latest known patient, a 36-year-old man, returned to Vietnam on March 4 on VietJet flight VJ826 from Kuala Lumpur.

The man, identified only as “Patient 67”, attended a 16,000-person mosque gathering in Kuala Lumpur and is the second patient in Vietnam linked to the event, the health ministry said in a statement.

Patient 67’s home village was also placed under lockdown for 28 days from Tuesday night.

Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Tom Hogue

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