Two more deaths of COVID-19 patients were documented in Vietnam on Sunday, with virus-related casualties increasing to five, according to Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy Minister of Health.
One of them, 86-year-old L.T.D., died in a hospital in central Hue City while the other, 83-year-old D.T.L., was pronounced dead at Da Nang Hospital in the eponymous city.
D. had had underlying problems including heart failure and chronic kidney failure.
L. had suffered multiple joint osteoarthritisand and had been bed-ridden for six years.
Vietnam has confirmed five virus-related fatalities since Friday, all of them old and having pre-existing conditions.
The Southeast Asian country has registered 144 local infections since July 25, after over three months of no documented community transmission.
All of the locally-transmitted cases can be traced to Da Nang, which has reported 104 such patients.
Twenty-six patients have been logged in Quang Nam Province, eight in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hanoi, two in Quang Ngai Province, one in Thai Binh Province, and one in Dak Lak Province.
Vietnam has confirmed a total of 590 cases, with 373 recoveries, since the virus first hit the country in January, according to the Ministry of Health.
Earlier this week, the health ministry sent its top medical experts to suppress the outbreak in Da Nang, located on the central coast, where enhanced social distancing has been in place for the past week.
Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are conducting extensive contact tracing and testing tens of thousands of people having returned from their business or vacation trips to the coastal city since July.
Vietnam has closed its borders to foreigners since March to prevent COVID-19 spread.
However, foreign experts and skilled workers have been allowed to make an entry, subject to government approval and mandatory quarantine.
The national government has also sent aircraft to bring back citizens stranded in other countries over the health crisis.