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Ho Chi Minh City suspends COVID-19 hospital

Ho Chi Minh City suspends COVID-19 hospital

Friday, May 01, 2020, 12:15 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City suspends COVID-19 hospital
An ambulance is pictured at the entrance to the COVID-19 hospital in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 16, 2020 in this supplied photo.

As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases at a hospital in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City have all made full recoveries, it will temporarily not receive coronavirus patients to focus on providing non-COVID-19 care.

Ho Chi Minh City has so far reported 54 infection cases, of whom 49 have been cleared of the virus and exited hospitals.

Only four patients remain at a field hospital in Cu Chi District and one British pilot is still undergoing treatment at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases in District 5.

As no more coronavirus patient is being treated at the COVID-19 hospital in Can Gio, the municipal Department of Health has allowed it to cease operations.

It will only be reopened when the number of COVID-19 infections exceeds the treatment capacity of other hospitals in the city.

The first facility of the COVID-19 hospital in Can Gio was put to use on March 16, with a capacity of 300 beds, while the second having the same number of beds came into operation on March 28.

The two facilities were tasked with providing treatment to both COVID-19 patients transferred from other places and suspected cases.

From May 4, the first facility will be handed over to Can Gio District’s Medical Center for health examinations and treatment for local people to be restored and the second one will be returned to the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control for use as a centralized quarantine camp.

The Medical Center of Can Gio District is requested to seal off negative pressure rooms to treat COVID-19 patients and keep them on standby so that they can be used when needed.

On the other hand, the district’s medical center is also asked to ensure personnel for the operation of the local quarantine camp and arrange vehicles transporting people infected with COVID-19 from there to other hospitals for isolation and treatment.

Vietnam has confirmed 270 COVID-19 cases to date, with 219 recoveries.

No death related to the viral disease has been recorded in the country.

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