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Vietnam’s ‘super spreader’ among latest recoveries from COVID-19

Friday, April 03, 2020, 17:43 GMT+7
Vietnam’s ‘super spreader’ among latest recoveries from COVID-19
A health worker (second right) at Binh Thuan General Hospital receives flowers from patient No. 34 following their recovery in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, April 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Seven people in Binh Thuan, a province in south-central Vietnam, have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including patient No. 34, who was dubbed a ‘super spreader’ after infecting at least 11 others.

The Binh Thuan General Hospital on Friday discharged patients No. 34, 38, 40, 41, 42, and 43 following their treatment lasting for about two weeks.

Patient No. 34, a 51-year-old Vietnamese woman from Binh Thuan, allegedly caused at least 11 other people to be infected with the virus, including her husband, son, and daughter-in-law.

The infected family members were among the recovery cases on Friday.

Doctors also confirmed the recovery of patient No. 37 on Friday, but she wished to continue staying at the hospital to take care of her 12-year-old child, who is patient No. 44.

According to Dang Thuc Anh Vu, deputy director of the provincial Department of Health, these patients will be quarantined for another 14 days following their recovery.

Patient No. 34 is discharged from the hospital in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, April 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Patient No. 34 is discharged from the hospital in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, April 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Binh Thuan has been lowered to two following the recovery of the seven patients.

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City on the same day announced the recovery of patients No. 99, 100, and 121 after their treatment at a makeshift COVID-19 hospital in Can Gio District.

Eighteen out of 50 patients in the southern metropolis have recovered from the disease so far.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over one million people and killed more than 53,200 globally as of Thursday afternoon, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

Vietnam has announced 233 COVID-19 patients so far, with 85 having recovered.

No fatality has been reported in the country to date.

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