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Vietnam adds one imported COVID-19 case, one virus-related death

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 06:37 GMT+7
Vietnam adds one imported COVID-19 case, one virus-related death
Doctors monitor the health of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient at Da Nang Lung Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam on Saturday morning documented another imported patient and one death related to the coronavirus.

The new patient is a 41-year-old woman with a permanent address in the northern province of Nam Dinh.

She had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Russia and declared free of the virus on June 24.

She arrived in Vietnam from Russia on the repatriation flight VN5062 on August 10.

After landing at Van Don International Airport in the northern Quang Ninh Province, she was immediately transferred to a quarantine facility in Nam Dinh.

The woman tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday and is now quarantined and treated at Nam Dinh Province General Hospital.

On Saturday morning, the Ministry of Health’s special COVID-19 task force in Da Nang announced the death of patient No. 702, Vietnam’s 22nd virus-related fatality.

He was 63 years old, resided in Da Nang and had pre-existing conditions including end-stage renal failure, hypertension and heart failure.

His cause of death was identified as septic shock, multiorgan failure, and pneumonia due to COVID-19 against the background of end-stage chronic renal failure.

Vietnam has logged 930 COVID-19 cases, including 329 imported patients quarantined immediately upon arrival, since the pandemic first hit in January, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning.

A total of 461 local infections have been documented since July 25, when the country recorded the first local case after 99 days of no transmission in the community.

Over 115,800 people are under quarantine for close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrival from virus-hit regions. Nearly three-quarters of them are practicing self-quarantine at home.

There are 471 COVID-19 patients still under treatment in Vietnam, including 141 who have tested negative for the virus at least once since receiving treatment.

Twenty-two COVID-19 patients have died in the Southeast Asian country, most of whom had severe underlying conditions.


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