Vietnam confirmed 22 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday evening, including 17 local infections, while announcing 12 recoveries and two more virus-related deaths.
Among the new local infections patients, 14 were documented in Da Nang, two in neighboring Quang Nam Province, and one in the north-central province of Quang Tri, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced.
The patients are between 17 and 73 years old.
The five imported patients arrived from Japan on the flight VJ7387 on August 5. They were quarantined immediately after arriving at Cam Ranh International Airport in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.
On the same evening, the Ministry of Health announced the deaths of two more COVID-19 patients, an 83-year-old woman in Quang Nam and an 87-year-old man in neighboring Quang Ngai Province, both with underlying conditions, bringing the number of fatalities confirmed on Thursday to three.
Patient No. 623, from Quang Nam, had a history of heart failure and bone marrow failure.
She tested positive for COVID-19 on August 2 during her treatment at Quang Nam Regional General Hospital and was transferred to a quarantine facility at Hue Central Hospital 2.
The woman was put on a ventilator on August 8. She passed away at 6:00 pm Wednesday.
Her cause of death was identified as severe respiratory failure because of COVID-19, septic shock, irreversible multiorgan failure in patients with myelosuppression, Sigma's colon tumor, and atrophic malnutrition.
Patient No. 479, from Quang Ngai, had a history of high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes who also suffered from myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis of the lower extremities, and embolism — which resulted in the amputation of his left foot.
He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 27 while hospitalized at Da Nang Hospital and was transferred to Hoa Vang Medical Center in the same city for quarantine and treatment.
He was on a ventilator between August 2 and 4. The man passed away at 9:00 pm Wednesday.
His death was attributed to a wound infection in patients with hypertension, type-2 diabetes, heart failure due to myocardial infarction, multiorgan failure and COVID-19.
Vietnam also declared 12 patients free of the virus on Thursday, including ten from the Hoa Vang makeshift hospital in Da Nang and two from Quang Nam Central General Hospital in the namesake province.
The country has logged a total of 905 COVID-19 cases, including 327 imported patients, since the pandemic first hit in January.
Four-hundred and twenty-one patients have recovered while 20 have lost their lives, most of whom with underlying conditions.
The ages of COVID-19 patients who have died in the Southeast Asian country range from 33 to 87 years old.
A total of 438 local infections have been documented in Vietnam since July 25, when Da Nang recorded the country’s first transmission in the community after 99 days.
The majority of these patients can be traced to Da Nang — Vietnam’s outbreak epicenter at present.