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Two-month-old baby catches COVID-19 in Vietnam

Sunday, August 16, 2020, 19:13 GMT+7
Two-month-old baby catches COVID-19 in Vietnam
Police take health information from passengers who get off the train at a station in Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases, including a two-month-old, and one virus-related death on Sunday, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The additional patients include eight in Da Nang, a touristy city on the central coast, one in Hanoi, and three imported cases who had been quarantined upon arrival at the airport.

All the domestic infections were traced to the beach city.

A two-month-old baby was confirmed as one of the 12 patients.

The infant lives in the same house as two other patients in Da Nang.

The three were recorded on Sunday and had been in close contact with another 35-year-old patient in the touristy city, who was already logged on Thursday.

One of the imported cases is a Vietnamese returning from Equatorial Guinea on July 29, the other two coming back from Japan.

Vietnam’s health ministry also reported the country’s 24th coronavirus-related death on Sunday morning.

The patient was an 82-year-old woman from Da Nang with a history of meningitis.

Her death was attributed to pneumonia caused by COVID-19, severe respiratory failure, septic shock, and meningitis as a pre-existing condition.

Vietnam announced nine recoveries on Sunday, all having been treated in Da Nang.

The Southeast Asian country has documented 962 coronavirus cases as of 7:00 pm on Sunday, with 336 imported patients and 626 local infections.

Twenty-four have succumbed to the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Vietnam, whereas 456 patients have recovered from it to date.

The Vietnamese government has registered 486 community-based cases linked to Da Nang since July 25, when the beach city detected the first local transmission after Vietnam had spent 99 days reporting no domestic detection.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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