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© Provided by Xinhua | A staff member disinfects at a health station in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 30, 2020. (VNA/Handout via Xinhua)

Vietnam detected 82 more COVID-19 cases from the testing samples of the two previous cases' related contacts. The two new cases of COVID-19 infection in the community were the first of its kind in nearly two months.

HANOI, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam announced Thursday morning that Vietnamese authorities detected 82 more COVID-19 cases from the testing samples of the two previous cases' related contacts.

In particular, 72 people from Hai Duong province and 10 in Quang Ninh province have tested positive for the coronavirus, Vietnam News Agency reported. The cases are yet to be confirmed by Vietnam's Ministry of Health.

Dam made the announcement at an urgent meeting between government leaders and the country's steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

Given the case in Hai Duong was related to the new COVID-19 variant discovered in the United Kingdom, special care should be taken to ensure maximum safety for the service personnel who are fighting against the epidemic, Dam said.

© Provided by Xinhua | Photo taken on Aug. 8, 2020 shows mannequins wearing face masks in Vietnam's capital city Hanoi. (Xinhua/Wang Di)

Previously on Thursday morning, Vietnam's Ministry of Health confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 infection in the community, the first of its kind in nearly two months, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 1,553 with 35 deaths.

The new cases include a 34-year-old female worker in northern Vietnam's Hai Duong province. She is a related contact of a Vietnamese woman found positive for a new variant of COVID-19 upon her arrival in Osaka, Japan a few days ago.

The other is a 31-year-old man from northern Vietnam's Quang Ninh province, who is a staff member at Van Don International Airport in the province. He displayed symptoms of fever, cough and a sore throat, and went to the hospital for medical check-up himself. His test result turned out positive late Wednesday, according to the ministry.

Both patients are being treated in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

© Provided by Xinhua | Photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows a woman getting her temperature checked before entering a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. (VNA/Handout via Xinhua)

Relevant authorities have immediately activated COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including implementing antiseptic work and placing related contacts under quarantine. Quang Ninh province has asked all students to stay at home until Sunday and requested minimizing crowd-gathering activities.

Meanwhile, testing experts of several major national hospitals have been sent to Hai Duong province to help with testing, according to the ministry. The province should focus all resources on epidemic control to put down the outbreak as soon as possible, with measures including locating and isolating all the areas the new case had been to within 10 days, Dam said at an urgent meeting held late Wednesday.

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