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Vietnam documents one imported COVID-19 case, one virus-related fatality

Sunday, August 16, 2020, 12:18 GMT+7
Vietnam documents one imported COVID-19 case, one virus-related fatality
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health convenes a teleconference to discuss the treatment of seriously ill COVID-19 patients on August 15, 2020. Photo: Thuy Anh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam documented one imported case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one coronavirus-related fatality on Sunday morning.

The country’s latest patient is a 27-year-old man who previously returned from Equatorial Guinea on July 29, according to the Ministry of Health.

His flight VN6, operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines, landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, and he was quarantined at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases upon arrival.

His fourth test came back positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday.

On the same day, 183 people who boarded flight VN6 from Equatorial Guinea to Vietnam were allowed to return home after completing their 14-day isolation period and testing negative for the novel coronavirus.

Aside from the new case, Vietnam’s health ministry also reported the country’s 24th coronavirus-related death on Sunday morning.

The patient was an 82-year-old woman in the central city of Da Nang with a history of meningitis.

She passed away at the Hoa Vang District medical center, with her death attributed to pneumonia caused by COVID-19, severe respiratory failure, septic shock, and meningitis as a pre-existing condition.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has reached 951, with 447 having recovered and 24 fatalities as of Sunday morning.

A total of 477 local infections have been registered since July 25, when the country recorded the first local case after 99 days of no transmission in the community.


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