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Critical COVID-19 patients show slight improvement in Vietnam

Monday, April 27, 2020, 11:29 GMT+7
Critical COVID-19 patients show slight improvement in Vietnam
COVID-19 patients are being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Three out of 45 active novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Vietnam are still in a critical condition, but they have exhibited slight improvement.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally remained at 270 on Monday morning, of which 225 have recovered, accounting for 83.3 percent, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

The 45 active cases are being treated at eight hospitals and medical centers in the country, while no death from the disease has been recorded.

Among the active patients, two have tested negative for the novel coronavirus for three times, one has tested negative twice, and 13 have tested negative once since receiving treatment, according to Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department under the health ministry.

Khue also heads the treatment subcommittee of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Five patients who recently tested positive again for the virus following their recovery are continuing their treatment at hospitals in Hanoi, the northern province of Quang Ninh, and the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

Three patients are still seriously sickened by COVID-19, of whom two are receiving care at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City.

Despite their critical condition, doctors have noticed some slight improvement in all three patients.

Patient No. 20, a 64-year-old Vietnamese woman, is still on a ventilator. Her lungs are still damaged but blood oxygenation has improved, while blood pressure is stable.

She no longer has a fever and is able to communicate and aware of her surroundings.

Patient No. 161, a 88-year-old Vietnamese woman, still requires support from a ventilator but she has exhibited improvement in her lungs, while her cardiovascular readings and blood pressure are in a normal state.

She is able to communicate slowly, and has tested ‘mildly positive’ for the novel coronavirus.

Patient No. 91, a 43-year-old British pilot, is still on a ventilator but he has stopped bleeding and no longer has a fever. Echocardiography showed a good cardiac cycle.

He tested negative for the novel coronavirus for three times on April 22, 23 and 24, but the result came back positive on April 26.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 2.99 million people and killed more than 206,900 globally, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

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