Vietnam documented 16 new local infections of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one virus-related death on Tuesday evening, bringing the national tally to 863 cases, with 16 deaths.
The Ministry of Health said the 16 new patients include ten in Da Nang, four in neighboring Quang Nam Province, and two in the north-central province of Quang Tri.
They are aged between 14 and 78 years old.
On the same evening, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son announced the death of a COVID-19 patient, the 16th virus-related fatality in Vietnam so far.
The man, identified as patient No. 832, was 37 years old and hailed from Quang Tri Province.
He had many underlying conditions including type-1 diabetes, prolonged exhaustion, and heart failure.
He was hospitalized on August 8 and tested positive for the coronavirus a day later. He was transferred to Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.
The patient passed away at 10:30 am on Tuesday.
He was the second youngest COVID-19 patient to have died in Vietnam, and the first one from Quang Tri.
All 16 virus-related deaths in Vietnam have been cases with comorbid conditions.
The Southeast Asian country has logged 863 cases in total, including 318 imported patients who were quarantined upon arrival, since the pandemic first hit in January.
Four-hundred and five local infections have been registered since July 25, when Da Nang recorded Vietnam's first community-based COVID-19 cases after the country had gone 99 days without any local transmission.
Among Vietnam's patients, 399 have been cleared of the virus.
Nearly 166,000 people are under quarantine in the country, either at a centralized facility, at accommodation facilities, or at home.