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Vietnam registers no new COVID-19 cases for five consecutive mornings

Vietnam registers no new COVID-19 cases for five consecutive mornings

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10:17 GMT+7
Vietnam registers no new COVID-19 cases for five consecutive mornings
Patients wait at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam reported no new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday morning, the fifth straight morning this month.

The country’s tally of COVID-19 patients still stands at 268, with no death, the Ministry of Health said.

A total of 214 patients have recovered from the disease, 12 of them discharged from hospitals across the country on Monday.

There has been no new infection reported in Vietnam since Friday last week.

The heath ministry gives updates on the disease twice a day, at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.

A recovered patient tested negative for the virus on Sunday after having had her first retest return positive on Saturday.

She had been discharged from the hospital on Thursday before showing signs of illness again on Friday.

This is not a re-infection, local healthcare authorities said, explaining that a low viral load may have led to a false negative result right before her discharge. Sampling issues may also be to blame, they added.

She is being monitored at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.

Her contacts, who are her husband and child, have been isolated at a centralized quarantine zone.

Over 51,000 have been quarantined at home, hospitals, and other centralized facilities as of Monday evening, the health ministry said.

Vietnam has carried out 163,377 tests so far.

Daily infections have gone down in Vietnam since April 4, apparently thanks to social distancing measures taken nationwide from April 1.

Schools, stores, and places of amusement and public entertainment have been closed to slow the COVID-19 transmission.

People are told to stay home, unless under necessary circumstances, wear face masks whenever outdoors, and keep a physical distance of at least two meters in social interaction.

Hospitals and other ‘at-risk’ venues run temperature checks on visitors while the border has been closed to all foreigners, with exceptions approved on a case-by-case basis.


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