Vietnam reported its ninth fatality related to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday morning.
The deceased patient was patient No. 651, a 67-year-old woman from central Quang Nam Province, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son.
According to a medical report, the patient had a history of chronic renal failure, lupus, type-2 diabetes, and a fungal blood infection.
The patient was admitted to the emergency ward of Da Nang Hospital, located in the namesake city, on July 18.
She was then transferred to Family Hospital in Da Nang where she was treated until July 31.
On August 2, the woman tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was re-admitted to Da Nang Hospital for treatment.
The patient suffered from drowsiness, physical exhaustion, ulceration on her forearms and feet, bleeding beneath the skin of the forearms, and mild shortness of breath the following day.
On August 4, she experienced respiratory failure and required support from a ventilator.
At around 12:45 am on Thursday, she fell into a deep coma and suffered respiratory failure. Her heart rate then slowed down and eventually stopped.
She passed away at 1:30 am the same day despite doctors’ best efforts to resuscitate her.
The cause of death was identified as pneumonia, respiratory failure, chronic adrenal insufficiency, type-2 diabetes, and COVID-19.
This is the ninth virus-related death Vietnam has recorded so far.
The other eight deceased COVID-19 patients also had underlying conditions, according to their respective medical reports.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has reached 717, with 381 having recovered as of Thursday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
A total of 268 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 cases consist of 192 in Da Nang, 49 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, two in Bac Giang Province, three in Hanoi, one in Ha Nam Province, and one in Thai Binh Province.