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Vietnam announces 11th coronavirus-related death

Sunday, August 09, 2020, 17:51 GMT+7
Vietnam announces 11th coronavirus-related death
People declare their health status at a COVID-19 testing point in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam recorded the passing of a COVID-19 patient on Sunday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 11.

The victim was 55 years old and lived in Hai Chau District, Da Nang, a coastal city in the central region, Nguyen Truong Son, Minister of Health, said, adding she had a history of hypertension.

She was admitted to Hoan My Da Nang Hospital on suspicion of coronavirus infection on July 28, according to her tracing record.

She was isolated and tested for the virus before the result came back positive on July 29.

The patient suffered acute respiratory failure and was transferred to Hue Central Hospital, located in Thua Thien-Hue Province about 90km north of Da Nang, on July 30.

Her conditions worsened then so she was connected to an ECMO machine, a form of outside-the-body life support, on August 7.

She started to have many serious medical problems including hypotension, gastrointestinal bleeding, and cessation of breathing on Sunday.

She died at 12:00 pm the same day, of COVID-19-related pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiple organ failure, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Vietnam has confirmed 812 coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon, of which 317 were imported.

Eleven have died while 395 patients have beaten the virus. The dead, bar the 55-year-old, all had severe pre-existing conditions.

The number of local infections linked to Da Nang has reached 355 since July 25, when the coastal city documented Vietnam's first domestically-transmitted case after 99 days.

More than 19.8 million people have caught COVID-19 around the world, with over 12.7 million having recovered from the disease, according to statistics.

The virus has claimed almost 730,000 lives globally.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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