A wealthy Vietnamese jet-setter attended several fashion shows in Milan, Italy and Paris before being tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nga Nguyen, the 27-year-old daughter of a steel magnate, was present at the Gucci fashion show in Milan on Feb. 19, later attending the Saint Laurent show in Paris on Feb. 25, according to South China Morning Post.
Nga, who splits her time between Hanoi, Vietnam and London, was accompanied by her 26-year-old sister Nguyen Hong Nhung. They both tested positive for COVID-19 on March 6, local media reported.
Department store buyers and top fashion editors who attended the events put themselves in a self-imposed quarantine after returning to their home countries. Meanwhile, editors from the United States and other Asian countries, such as Singapore and Thailand, were asked not to come to work after their return from Milan.
K-pop artist Chungha was also present at the Milan fashion show and had to undergo self-isolation following her trip after two of her staff members reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Chungha tested negative, but she still had to continue her self-isolation as suggested by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Italy has the highest number of cases outside of Asia with 9,172 confirmed cases and 463 deaths, according to the data from Worldometers. Meanwhile, Vietnam has 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no recorded deaths.
The total number of cases globally has now reached 113,777 and the number of deaths has gone up to 3,991. About 62,832 people have made full recoveries.