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Recovered American patient lauds Vietnam’s work against COVID-19

Saturday, April 04, 2020, 18:04 GMT+7
Recovered American patient lauds Vietnam’s work against COVID-19
American Y.M. poses with doctors and staff at Da Nang Hospital at his release from the infirmary in Da Nang City, Vietnam, April 3, 2020 after weeks of treatment for COVID-19. Photo: D.Q. / Tuoi Tre

An American man who was released from a hospital in Da Nang on Friday after successful treatment for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) said a prompt decision by Da Nang authorities to place him in quarantine had saved his life and ensured the safety of his family members.

American Y.M., 41, who is married to a Da Nang local, spent his February shuttling through many European countries.

He left Amsterdam on flight SQ323, arriving in Singapore on March 14 before transferring to flight MI632 that landed in Da Nang on the same day.

Upon arriving in Da Nang, Y.M. made a declaration of health detailing his travel history as per regulations.

After reviewing his journey through virus-hit countries, medical workers decided to send him to a quarantine facility at 199 Hospital in the central city.

He was transferred to Da Nang Hospital on March 17 after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the country’s 69th COVID-19 patient.

After weeks of treatment, Y.M. was announced free of the virus and released from the infirmary on Friday.

At a ceremony held by doctors to celebrate his discharge, the American man expressed gratefulness for his speedy recovery and the safety of his family, which he said was possible thanks to the prompt decision to place him in quarantine by local health officials.

He also commended what Vietnam had achieved in implementing social distancing and preventing community spread of the disease.

Y.M. is the fourth COVID-19 patient to have made a full recovery from the disease in Da Nang.

Only two out of six infections in the central city remain active as of Saturday.

 

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