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Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 case for two days straight

Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 case for two days straight

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:19 GMT+7
Vietnam reports no new COVID-19 case for two days straight
Samples taken from arrivals at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for COVID-19 testing are seen in this undated photo. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has recorded no new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for 48 hours — for the first time in more than 40 days — keeping its tally at 268 as of Saturday morning.

The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday morning there has been no new case since Thursday.

The total number of cases stays at 268, with no deaths, and 198 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

Only 70 active cases, or about 26 percent of the total, are still under treatment at hospitals nationwide.

Of these 70 patients, 66 are Vietnamese and the rest are foreigners.

Seventeen patients have tested negative for the virus at least once.

This is the first time since March 6, when Vietnam reported its 17th patient — a woman returning to Hanoi from London — that the Southeast Asian country has gone two days straight without adding a new case.

As of Saturday morning, 69,045 people remained in quarantine in Vietnam for having close contact with COVID-19 patients or entering the country from abroad.

Among them, 324 were isolated at hospitals, 11,549 quarantined at centralized facilities, and 57,172 undergoing home quarantine.

Globally, over 2.24 million people have caught COVID-19 while more than 154,000 have been killed by the disease, according to statistics. About 570,000 have recovered.


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