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Vietnam moving toward new phase with no active COVID-19 cases

Tuesday, June 02, 2020, 17:02 GMT+7
Vietnam moving toward new phase with no active COVID-19 cases
A patient is discharged from the hospital after having recovered from COVID-19 in Vietnam, June 1, 2020. Photo: Ministry of Health

Vietnam will soon enter a phase with no active novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as over 90 percent of its patients have recovered.

Doctors on Tuesday announced the recovery of five patients after they had tested negative for two to three times since receiving treatment.

On Monday, 14 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap and Bac Lieu.

All COVID-19 patients in the Southeast Asian country are required to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days after completing their treatment.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally stood at 328 on Tuesday night, with 298 having recovered, accounting for 90.8 percent.

No death from the disease has been recorded in the country, while no cases of community transmission have been documented in the past 47 days.

Among the remaining active cases, only 18 patients still test positive for the novel coronavirus, while the rest have tested negative at least once since receiving treatment.

A 43-year-old British pilot is currently the most critically ill COVID-19 patient in Vietnam.

He is being treated at Cho Ray, the largest general hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Briton’s health has improved over the past days, regaining 40 percent of his lung function, up from 30 percent and 10 percent reported in the previous two examinations.

If his lungs continue to improve, with 50 percent or more of their function recovering, he will have a chance to survive without a lung transplant, which was once believed to be the only viable way to save his life.

COVID-19 has sickened over 6.38 million people and claimed more than 377,700 lives around the world, according to the Ministry of Health’s statistics. Over 2.9 million patients have recovered from the disease.

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