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81-yo Vietnamese woman who died at quarantine camp tests negative for COVID-19

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11:26 GMT+7
81-yo Vietnamese woman who died at quarantine camp tests negative for COVID-19
The quarantine area in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam where the elderly woman passed away on March 27, 2020. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

Samples taken from an 81-year-old woman who recently died at a quarantine camp in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have returned negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with police now working to identify the cause of her death.

Officers in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province confirmed on Saturday they were investigating a case where an elderly woman passed away at the quarantine area inside the province’s military school.

According to preliminary information, Tr.A.T., 81, was among 239 Vietnamese citizens returning from Australia who were taken to the isolation zone on March 22.

T. was on medication for hypertension and bronchial asthma.

As of 8:00 pm on Thursday, the elderly woman said she had lost her appetite and suffered insomnia, chest pain, and fatigue.

A doctor then measured her blood pressure at 140/90 mmHg and prescribed some medicines for the woman.

Her condition worsened on the following morning with signs of breathing and heart problems, thus doctors agreed to transfer her to a local general hospital for further care and treatment.

The 239 Vietnamese citizens returning from Australia were taken to the quarantine area on March 22, 2020. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

The 239 Vietnamese citizens returning from Australia were taken to the quarantine area on March 22, 2020. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre

While necessary paperwork was prepared for the transfer, a nurse could not find T. in her room and later discovered the elderly woman lying unconscious in the restroom.

Doctors performed emergency procedures on the woman but she had already gone into cardiac arrest.

They confirmed her death after 30 minutes of effort and believed the causes were acute myocardial infarction, hypertension, and a history of bronchial asthma.

Her test sample was sent to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday and the result later came back negative for COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 662,500 people and killed more than 30,800 globally as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has announced 179 COVID-19 patients so far, with 21 having been discharged from the hospital by Saturday.

No fatality related to the disease has been reported in the country to date.

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