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Four more COVID-19 patients discharged from Vietnam hospitals

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 21:25 GMT+7
Four more COVID-19 patients discharged from Vietnam hospitals
N.T.Y. (second left) and P.V.C. (second right) receive bouquets of flowers from doctors upon their release from the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, February 18, 2020. Photo: L. Anh / Tuoi Tre

Four more new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Vietnam have been released from the hospital, raising the number of successfully treated cases in the country to 11.

The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi discharged two patients on Tuesday morning, after they had fully recovered from the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus that is now named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

Of the two, 30-year-old P.V.C., who comes from the northern province of Vinh Phuc, recently returned from a vocational training program in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Six out of eight people attending the vocational training trip to Wuhan City have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after their arrival home on January 17. Five of them, including P.V.C., have recovered and returned home.

N.T.Y., 55, a neighbor of one of the six infected group members who also contracted the virus, was the other patient to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday morning.

N.T.N. is discharged from a medical center in Binh Xuyen District, located in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, February 18, 2020. Photo: Thuy Anh / Tuoi Tre

N.T.N. (L) is discharged from a medical center in Binh Xuyen District, located in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, February 18, 2020. Photo: Thuy Anh / Tuoi Tre

Two other people were released from a medical center in Vinh Phuc's Binh Xuyen District on the same afternoon.

One of them, 29-year-old N.T.N. is a member of the group returning from Wuhan. The other is the 49-year-old mother of another group member.

The novel coronavirus disease, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has killed 1,873 people and infected over 73,400 globally since it first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province in December 2019, according to the South China Morning Post.

To date, Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the viral infection, including 13 Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.

With the four patients’ recovery, the number of patients being successfully treated and discharged from the hospital in Vietnam has been raised to 11, while no new case recorded since Thursday last week.

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