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Vietnam confirms 14 imported COVID-19 cases

Monday, July 06, 2020, 21:49 GMT+7
Vietnam confirms 14 imported COVID-19 cases
Health workers take samples from Vietnamese returnees from abroad. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam documented 14 imported cases of COVID-19 on Monday, all Vietnamese returnees from abroad.

The new patients arrived at Van Don International Airport in northern Quang Ninh Province on July 3, the government said in a post on its verified Facebook account.

They returned from Bangladesh and were all quarantined upon arrival.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi confirmed their positive test results on Monday.

The fourteen are being treated at the second branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital.

Vietnam has confirmed 369 coronavirus infections as of Monday night, with 341 recoveries and zero deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has reported a total of 229 imported cases who were all isolated upon entry.

It has gone 81 days without any community spread of the disease.

Vietnam is quarantining 12,291 people who were in close contact with patients or entered the country from virus-hit regions at the time of writing.

British pilot no longer suffers COVID-19

A 43-year-old British pilot, who was once Vietnam’s sickest coronavirus patient, was declared completely free of COVID-19 on Monday evening.

He was admitted to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases with damaged lungs on March 18.

His conditions deteriorated shortly after that, putting him in a coma and his life in jeopardy a few times.

Doctors once thought only a lung transplant would save him from death.

But medication and other medical care gradually improved his health in the following weeks.

The Scotsman was transferred to the intensive care unit at Cho Ray Hospital on May 22, still comatose and with severely damaged lungs, after being cleared of the coronavirus following his treatment at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

He has waken up from the coma and made a marvelous recovery since, with his lungs nearly restored.

The patient was transferred from the intensive care ward to the physical rehabilitation unit of Cho Ray Hospital on June 21.

He is still in treatment at Cho Ray Hospital for his mobility functions to prepare for his flight back to Scotland on July 12.

Doctors say he can be discharged from the hospital with no quarantine needed.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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