Vietnamese influencers who attended fashion weeks in Europe test positive for COVID-19

Nga Nguyen attends the Fashion For Relief London 2019 dinner at The British Museum on September 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fashion For Relief)

Since Friday (6 March), Vietnam had reported 14 new cases, bringing its total to 30. Among the latest cases, two influencers were reported to be tested positive for COVID-19. The two women, who are sisters Nga Nguyen, 27 and Nguyen Hong Nhung, 26, had attended fashion week events in Europe, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

The two sisters attended fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, and even documented their travels on their personal Instagram before deleting their posts. Prior to arriving in Hanoi, the two sisters, who come from a wealthy family of steelmakers, flew business class via Vietnam Airlines, Coconuts Media reported.

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Fashion editors who attended the shows in Europe have been asked by their companies and governments to self-quarantine at home. One magazine editor Grace Jiajing, who attended Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, documented her stay-at-home notice by Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in various posts.

In a post, Jiajing, editor-in-chief of PIN Prestige, said she received three notifications by text messages, asking her to verify if she had been staying at home, and in another paragraph, she said that an officer from ICA even requested for a photo verification.

Restrictions were in place over at Milan Fashion Week, with some fashion houses opting out of public viewing. One was the Armani house, who closed its autumn/winter show to the public and livestreamed the event instead.

According to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Italy's fashion chamber, at least 1,000 Chinese fashion reporters, buyers and designers skipped Milan’s Fashion Month, the period in February when designers showcase their collections.

As for Paris Fashion Week, some Chinese brands including Shiatzy Chen, Masha Ma, Calvin Luo, Maison Mai and Uma Wang dropped out of shows. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton​ canceled a reception for its 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, although no reason was given.