Three foreigners were among five patients allowed to leave a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday afternoon, as they had recovered from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Out of the 54 cases diagnosed in the city, only nine are active now, according to data collected by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Among the patients undergoing treatment, a British pilot is in a critical condition at the Ho Chi Minh City for Tropical Diseases.
The five discharged are patients No. 92, 124, 127, 143, and 158, said Dr. Nguyen Thanh Dung, director of the Cu Chi Makeshift Hospital.
The hospital was established in Cu Chi, a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City, to treat COVID-19 patients.
The five will self-isolate at home for 14 more days and will be subject to more testing during this period, according to updated healthcare regulations.
Patient No. 92 is a 21-year-old Vietnamese student and resides in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. He tested positive after returning to Vietnam from France.
Patient No. 124 is a 52-year-old Brazilian man living in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. He visited the Buddha Bar & Grill in the district on the same day as the British pilot.
At least 18 cases have been traced to this bar.
Patient No. 127 is a 23-year-old of Vietnamese nationality, residing in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City. He worked as a waiter at the bar.
Patient No. 143 is a 58-year-old woman from South Africa, staying in Tan Phu District. She was exposed to a COVID-19 patient before her arrival in Vietnam.
Patient No. 158 is a 45-year-old Brazilian, staying in District 2. He was in contact with a confirmed patient at the bar.
Vietnam has managed to treat 168 of its 265 patients, with no virus-related death having been recorded, according to the latest statistics.
Infection rates have become slower over the past week, as the Southeast Asian country has announced only a few cases daily, apparently thanks to social distancing measures mandated by the central government.
The prime minister will decide whether to extend the social distancing period, lasting from April 1 to 15, on Wednesday.