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UK boy walks out of Vietnam hospital clear of novel coronavirus

Thursday, April 02, 2020, 15:04 GMT+7
UK boy walks out of Vietnam hospital clear of novel coronavirus
A doctor (L) hands a discharge certificate to a UK boy after his treatment for COVID-19 at a medical center in Thanh Mien District, Hai Duong Province, located in northern Vietnam, in this supplied photo.

An 11-year-old British boy has fully recovered from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and been discharged from a hospital in Vietnam, becoming the 64th patient to be free of the virus in the country.

The boy had been treated at a medical center in Thanh Mien District, Hai Duong Province, located in northern Vietnam, the central government said on its verified Facebook account on Thursday afternoon.

He will have his health monitored at another facility following his discharge.

Doctors provided mental support for the boy during his treatment, with health workers acting as if they were his parents to encourage him when he was in isolation, the government said.

The boy started his treatment in the infectious disease ward of the medical center on March 15, Vu Manh Cuong, a senior official in charge of media information at the Ministry of Health, said on his Facebook account. Cuong regularly provides updates on COVID-19 on social media.

The boy tested negative for the virus twice, on March 24 and 28, Cuong elaborated.

His health is stable and he will be quarantined for another 14 days, as per the ministry’s regulations.  

Vietnam has confirmed 222 cases, including 179 Vietnamese and 43 foreigners, according to data collected by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Sixty-four have fully recovered from disease.

Fifty-four patients have tested negative at least once.

Four critical cases have been showing positive signs.

No fatality related to COVID-19 has been recorded in Vietnam to date.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the country’s epicenters, with the capital having reported 95 cases and the southern city 49 patients.

The Southeast Asian country began going into nationwide social distancing that will last until April 15 on Wednesday.

The government wants to contain the virus by keeping the case count under 1,000 for as long as possible.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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