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Cured novel coronavirus patient discharged from Ho Chi Minh City hospital

Cured novel coronavirus patient discharged from Ho Chi Minh City hospital

Tuesday, February 04, 2020, 11:28 GMT+7
Cured novel coronavirus patient discharged from Ho Chi Minh City hospital
Li Zichao (C) poses for a photo with doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, February 4, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A Chinese citizen was discharged free of the novel coronavirus from Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday, 14 days after his hospitalization last month.

The patient, Li Zichao, was one of the first two cases testing positive for the deadly virus in Vietnam.

They were admitted to Cho Ray Hospital in District 5 on January 22.

Smiles have returned to the 28-year-old Chinese patient’s face, a stark contrast with his grim look 14 days earlier.

Li Zichao and his father, 66-year-old Li Ding, were the first two positive cases in Vietnam, according to Cho Ray Hospital.

The father visited his son in Vietnam from Wuhan, Hubei, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Li Ding started suffering a fever and fatigue on January 17, four days after flying with his wife from Wuhan to Hanoi.

Li Zichao (C) talks to Luong Ngoc Khue (L), an official from Vietnam's Ministry of Health, at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Mnh City, February 4, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Li Zichao (C) talks to Luong Ngoc Khue (L), an official from Vietnam's Ministry of Health, at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Mnh City, February 4, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

In Vietnam, he traveled by plane, train, and taxi from Hanoi to Nha Trang City, Ho Chi Minh City, and Long An Province.

His son has lived in Long An, located in southern Vietnam, since October 2019.

Li Zichao has never been to an outbreak area and, prior to meeting his father, had never got into contact with any person from such an area.

But he stayed with his father in the same room in Nha Trang for three days and caught the virus, with symptoms including coughing, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Li Zichao (R) was discharged from Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on February 4, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Li Zichao (R) was discharged from Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on February 4, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Both father and son came to see doctors at Binh Chanh Hospital in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City and were advised to be admitted to Cho Ray Hospital on January 22.

Their tests sent to the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute then returned positive.

The father is still being treated at Cho Ray Hospital.

Another novel coronavirus patient, a Vietnamese woman, was cured and discharged from the Thanh Hoa General Hospital, located in the namesake province in north-central Vietnam, on Monday.

The new coronavirus has killed 425 people in mainland China, one in the Philippines, and one in Hong Kong, while infecting more than 20,500 others around the world, an overwhelming majority of whom are in the mainland, since the outbreak was first reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

Vietnam has confirmed nine cases so far, including six Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.

Among that, one Chinese and one Vietnamese have been cured.

The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

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