Vietnam confirmed 34 coronavirus cases, two deaths, and 11 recoveries on Thursday, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
The new patients, all traced to the central coastal city of Da Nang, include three imported cases quarantined in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, about 90km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, upon entry into the country.
Twenty of the 31 local infections were registered in Da Nang, nine in neighboring Quang Nam Province, one in Hanoi, and one in Bac Giang Province.
Two 67-year-old patients were pronounced dead in Da Nang and Quang Nam.
They had had critical underlying medical problems, including chronic renal failure, lupus, type-2 diabetes, and bloodstream infection.
Doctors at Ba Ria-Vung Tau General Hospital declared eleven patients free of the virus the same day.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally hit 747 patients on Thursday evening, with 312 imported cases quarantined upon arrival, 392 recoveries, and ten deaths, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
Seven of the fatalities were logged in Da Nang while the other three were in Quang Nam.
A total of 295 domestic infections have been linked to Da Nang since July 25, when Vietnam recorded the first local transmission after having gone 99 days with no documented community spread.
The cases consist of 212 in Da Nang, 55 in Quang Nam, three in Quang Ngai Province, three in Dak Lak Province, two in Dong Nai Province, eight in Ho Chi Minh City, four in Lang Son Province, three in Bac Giang Province, three in Hanoi, one in Ha Nam Province, and one in Thai Binh Province.
At the time of writing, Vietnam is quarantining 170,457 people who came into direct contact with confirmed patients or entered the Southeast Asian country from virus-hit regions.
The coronavirus outbreak will peak in ten days so everyone should take precautionary measures like donning face masks and frequently washing hands, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son warned.