Vietnam confirmed its 18th coronavirus-related death on Thursday morning, according to Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son.
The deceased patient, a 52-year-old woman from Cam Le District in the central city of Da Nang, had end-stage chronic renal failure, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes.
The patient received treatment at the urology ward of Da Nang Hospital from July 15 to 31, during which she tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was confirmed as Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No. 485.
The patient was transferred to Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases on July 31 and subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia. Doctors also noted she had several underlying conditions including end-stage chronic renal failure, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes.
On August 1, she suffered respiratory failure and shortness of breath and was transferred to the department of tropical medicine at Da Nang Hospital.
On August 4, the patient was sent to Hoa Vang Medical Center for further treatment. She was in a coma with high fever and required support from a ventilator.
The patient passed away at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, with her death attributed to severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19 and a history of end-stage chronic renal failure, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes.
Among Vietnam’s 18 virus-related deaths, three were below 50 years of age, four between 50 and 60 years old, and the rest over 60. Most of them had severe pre-existing conditions.
The country’s COVID-19 tally stood at 883, with 409 having recovered as of Thursday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.