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Vietnamese hotel receptionist recovers from new coronavirus infection

Wednesday, February 05, 2020, 14:52 GMT+7
Vietnamese hotel receptionist recovers from new coronavirus infection
L.T.T.H. takes a photo with doctors at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases on February 4, 2020. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s third patient recovering from pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a hotel receptionist in south-central Khanh Hoa Province.

The Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases confirmed on Tuesday that L.T.T.H., a 25-year-old resident in Van Ninh District, had been discharged after making a full recovery.

Doctors said they had performed three tests on H. and the results all showed she is no longer infected with the virus, said Nguyen Dong, director of the infirmary.

“I hope that everyone will not be too afraid of the epidemic as the disease can be cured,” H. remarked.

H. works as a receptionist at a hotel in Nha Trang, a popular beach city in Khanh Hoa Province.

On February 16, H. was in close contact with Li Ding, 66, and his son Li Zichao, 28, who were both Chinese nationals, while checking them in at the hotel.

The father and son were admitted to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22 and tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

H. first developed symptoms including coughing and fever on January 18.

She was sampled by the Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang and the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City on January 24, and was quarantined at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases from January 27 until Tuesday.

About 30 people who previously had close contact with H. have been closely monitored. All of them were in good health as of Tuesday.

The novel coronavirus, which first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has caused 492 deaths and infected more than 24,500 people globally, most of whom in mainland China, as of Wednesday.

Vietnam has confirmed ten infections so far, including seven Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.

One of the Chinese patients, Li Zichao, has fully recovered after being quarantined for treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City and was discharged on Tuesday morning.

A Vietnamese patient in north-central Thanh Hoa Province had also recovered on Monday.

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