Vietnam reported two new coronavirus patients on Wednesday morning, both traced to the outbreak epicenter Da Nang.
The two cases were registered in Quang Nam Province, which is Da Nang’s neighbor and located on the central coast, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Patient 671 is a 33-year-old man living in Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam.
He had come into close contact with a COVID-19 patient, then undetected, at Da Nang Hospital in the eponymous city before his diagnosis.
Patient 672 is 37 years old and has a registered address in Dai Loc, Quang Nam.
He had taken care of a relative at the same hospital and been closely exposed to another undetected coronavirus patient prior to testing positive for the virus.
Vietnam has recorded 672 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday morning, including 308 imported cases quarantined upon arrival at airports, the Ministry of Health said.
The country has announced 378 recoveries and eight virus-related deaths that all had serious pre-existing conditions.
Two hundred and twenty-four local infections have been associated with Da Nang since July 25, when Vietnam confirmed the first local transmission after having gone 99 days with no documented community spread.
The 224 cases consist of 158 in Da Nang, 46 in Quang Nam, three in Quang Ngai Province, three in Dak Lak Province, two in Dong Nai Province, eight in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hanoi, one in Ha Nam Province, and one in Thai Binh Province.
Vietnam is in control of the outbreaks in Da Nang and Quang Nam, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said.
Eleven cases are in a critical condition, the committee announced, adding that it expects more fatalities and community-based infections in the coming days.