Twenty new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including four imported patients, and one death were reported in Vietnam on Saturday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Health.
The deceased patient was a 75-year-old man living in Thanh Khe District in the central city of Da Nang, which is Vietnam’s COVID-19 outbreak epicenter at the moment.
The man, identified as patient No. 699, had a history of chronic kidney failure, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and heart failure before being diagnosed with COVID-19.
He died while being treated at the Hoa Vang Medical Center in the namesake district of Da Nang.
His death was attributed to pre-existing health conditions, pneumonia caused by COVID-19, severe respiratory failure, and septic shock.
Of the 16 locally-transmitted cases announced on Saturday afternoon, 11 are recorded in Da Nang, four are in the neighboring province of Quang Nam, and one is in the northern province of Hai Duong.
They are between 14 and 66 years old.
Meanwhile, the four imported cases were immediately quarantined and sent to a field hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi District after their flight from the U.S. landed at Tan Nhat International Airport on August 4.
The country also announced the recoveries of ten patients, all treated in Da Nang, on Saturday.
The new cases, recoveries and death raised the national COVID-19 tally to 950 infections, with 437 recoveries and 23 fatalities.
A total of 477 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.
As many as 115,858 people, who were in close contact with COVID-19 patients or returned to Vietnam from pandemic-affected areas, are under quarantine in the Southeast Asian country.
Among them, 4,182 people are quarantined at hospitals, 25,952 are monitored at other facilities, and 85,724 are practicing self-quarantine at home.
Of the under-treatment patients, 141 have tested negative for the virus at least once since receiving treatment.